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HR Audit – A Tool for Discovery

by Gayle Kiser

audit small (300x240)On the spectrum of what has to get done, HR audits often fall on the lower end. But an audit done right offers a unique opportunity to take stock of where your HR organization is, where it wants to be, and how it can get there. Concerned about what it might turn up? The job of an audit is not to test the merits of your organization's work, but rather to serve as a tool for discovery.

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And the Award Goes To …

by Missy Kline

star on red carpet 300Great work is being done in HR departments in colleges and universities across the country — from diversity and inclusion efforts to HR transformation, innovation and excellence, your peers and colleagues are leading the way. CUPA-HR celebrates these successes each year with our annual Higher Education Human Resources Awards. The following blog posts and articles from The Higher Education Workplace magazine and CUPA-HR eNews highlight some of our past awards recipients and their programs. Read on to learn what great things are happening in higher ed HR across the country!

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Welcome to the Higher Ed Workplace!

by Missy Kline

welcome-mat-300pxHR is HR, right? Does the industry in which you work really matter? Aren’t the functional areas the same across all sectors? Yes and no. While the basic tenets of human resources work apply across the board, HR work in higher education requires a slightly different approach. From the pace of the work to the way work gets done, from the nuances of working with faculty and student employees to the overall culture of higher ed, it certainly takes some getting used to.

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CUPA-HR Testifies Before House Subcommittee on E-Verify Legislation

by Missy Kline

e-verify-blogOn February 4, CUPA-HR had the opportunity to testify in support of the Legal Workforce Act before the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Jill Blitstein, international employment manager at North Carolina State University, testified on behalf of CUPA-HR. In her testimony, Blitstein shared her experiences with e-verify and CUPA-HR’s support for the bill. She also offered several suggestions CUPA-HR has for improving the Legal Workforce Act, which are intended to make it easier for colleges and universities to complete the verification process and maintain compliance.

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6 Ways to Cultivate Labor Peace With Adjunct Faculty

by Missy Kline

cultivating-blogNearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the number of adjuncts across the country also comes a push by unions to organize them. How can institutions lessen the likelihood that adjunct faculty will feel the need to collectively bargain?

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Creative Ways to Recognize and Reward Employees

by Missy Kline

thumbs-up-blogHow do you do employee recognition? Does your program truly celebrate people and their accomplishments, or just reward longevity? Is there any element of surprise, or do employees know exactly what to expect year in and year out? What if you could create some buzz and excitement around rewards and recognition without breaking the bank?

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CUPA-HR Meets With Treasury and IRS on Treatment of Student Workers Under ACA’s Employer Mandate

by Missy Kline

Dept-of-Treasury-300As questions continue to swirl around the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, especially as it relates to student workers in colleges and universities, CUPA-HR met with the Treasury Department and the IRS to discuss challenges and possible solutions. At the January 15 meeting, CUPA-HR chief government relations officer Josh Ulman and Barbara Carroll, CUPA-HR chair-elect and head of human resources at North Carolina State University, offered the higher ed employer perspective on the issue, discussing with Treasury and IRS officials the difficulty in tracking student workers’ hours and the significant costs associated with offering those students that are already offered coverage through student health plans enrollment in an employer-sponsored plan.

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14 Great Reads of 2014

by Missy Kline

great-readsHR organizations in colleges and universities around the country are doing some extraordinary work in the way of diversity and inclusion, workforce planning and development, HR transformation, innovation and more. Last year, we featured several of these successes in The Higher Education Workplace magazine and on this blog. Below are 14 articles and blog posts you may have missed (or may just want to revisit). Perhaps these reads will spark some ideas for you and your organization.

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Patti’s Picks – 10 Can’t-Miss Knowledge Center Resources

by Missy Kline

pattiIt’s hard to believe the CUPA-HR Knowledge Center turns 10 years old this year! We’ll celebrate this milestone in many ways throughout the coming year, but to kick things off, we asked Knowledge Center Content Manager Patti Couger to share her top 10 must-have, can’t-miss KC resources.

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The Year Is Winding Down … Time to Catch Up!

by Missy Kline

end of 2014 300pxIf you’ve already tied up all your loose ends for this year, these last few days in the office before the holiday break could be a good time to catch up on some of the things you may have pushed to the backburner (or may have missed altogether!). Over the past year or so at CUPA-HR, we’ve created several new resources and expanded upon many more that can help you do your higher ed HR job better. If you’ve been too busy to take a deeper dive into any or all of these resources, now may be the time!

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