On June 14, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a final rule updating its sex discrimination guidelines for federal contractors and subcontractors for the first time in 40 years.
Jun. 29, 2016
Jun. 15, 2016
On June 9, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to examine the consequences of the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule on workers, students, nonprofits and small businesses. The hearing provided an opportunity and a platform for universities and nonprofits to voice concerns about the negative consequences of DOL’s rule. In the words of Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN), “The department ignored the voices of those who must implement this rule in their workplaces, on their campuses, and as they serve the needs of people in their communities.”
Jun. 14, 2016
Are you an HR legal expert? Here’s a real court case to help test your HR legal knowledge. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!
The Case: First Amendment – Epstein v. Suffolk Community College (E.D.N.Y. 2:14-CV-00937)
Jun. 8, 2016
The most common questions we’ve fielded here at CUPA-HR headquarters in response to the new FLSA overtime rule are those related to the exempt/non-exempt status of positions like post docs, resident directors, interns, coaches and partial-year employees. With often odd hours, the nature of the work performed and the difficulty in tracking hours, these positions are giving higher ed a headache. In a recent webinar, Alex Passantino, former acting administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and partner at Seyfarth Shaw, shed some light on some of these higher ed-specific positions.
May. 27, 2016
On May 17, the EEOC published final rules meant to provide employers with new guidance on how to implement wellness plans in their healthcare programs without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The final rules will be effective on the first day of the first plan year that begins on or after January 1, 2017.
May. 24, 2016
Employers must be in compliance with DOL's new FLSA overtime rule by December 1 of this year, which leaves very little time for what's sure to be a lot of work. To help make your work a little easier, we've compiled several resources (including a white paper that provides guidance on classifying and compensating coaches and athletic trainers under the new rule) and are working on several different types of programming to help you with your FLSA challenges in the weeks and months ahead.
May. 17, 2016
On May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule — “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” — requiring employers to electronically submit injury and illness recordkeeping information to OSHA on an annual basis.
May. 16, 2016
On the surface, it might seem like differences abound when it comes to different generations in the workplace, but if you dig a little deeper, you may be surprised at what you find … for often it’s perceptions that divide, not generations. And CUPA-HR member Sheraine Gilliam of City University of New York is making it her personal mission to educate others on just that.
May. 12, 2016
When was the last time you had honest-to-goodness fun at work? I’m talking tell-your-family-and-friends fun. Think-about-it-afterward-and-smile fun. Mentally-check-out-and-enjoy-the-moment fun. If you can’t recall the last time your team, department or office had fun as a group, it’s definitely been too long! For too many employees, work can be like groundhog day. Same tasks, same meetings, same conversations, same cubicle … week in and week out. A break from the monotony, stress and pressure, even for just 30 minutes, can do wonders for morale, engagement and productivity.
May. 3, 2016
(This blog post was contributed by John Martin, associate director of client services at Princeton University and chair and treasurer of the CUPA-HR Eastern Region board of directors.)
Isn't it amazing how people perceive our work and our chosen profession? HR has been hated by CEOs in Fast Company magazine, Forbes wanted to fire us, and Salon said that we don't give a damn. Consultants are constantly saying we should be outsourced, that we are an expense and not a revenue generator. And think of how we've been portrayed in movies and pop culture – as inept, uncaring or just plain goofy, from the two Bobs in "Office Space" to poor Toby in "The Office" and the cold and manipulative Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, in "Up in the Air."