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DOL Plans to Revise the Overtime Rule

by CUPA-HR

On June 30, DOL filed its reply brief in the Fifth Circuit in relation to its appeal from the November 2016 federal district court decision granting a preliminary injunction to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule. In the brief, DOL asks the court to affirm that the agency can set a salary threshold, while declining to defend the Obama era rule — stating that it will revise the rule through further rulemaking if the Fifth Circuit confirms DOL’s ability to set a salary threshold.

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DOL Reinstates Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

by CUPA-HR

The opinion letter process, which had been a longstanding practice of DOL, was eliminated during the Obama administration. "Reinstating opinion letters will benefit employees and employers as they provide a means by which both can develop a clearer understanding of the FLSA and other statutes," said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

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3 Tips for Training Employees on Title IX

by Missy Kline

Most Title IX experts agree that training and communication are key to not only helping prevent sexual violence on campus, but also to helping an institution appropriately respond to a complaint of sexual assault and/or to maneuver through a Title IX investigation. To learn more about effective training practices, we spoke with Mary Anne Koleny, HR director and Title IX liaison for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, who as part of her recent master’s work studied Title IX training for higher ed employees. Here, she offers three tips on how to provide comprehensive training and resources for Title IX reporting on your campus.

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Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

by Missy Kline

Great work is being done by HR organizations and HR professionals at colleges and universities across the country. Each year, CUPA-HR recognizes these trailblazers with its Higher Education Human Resource Awards. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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DOL to Issue Request for Information on the Overtime Rule

by CUPA-HR

RFIs are a first step in the regulatory process, and Acosta's comments on the matter suggest DOL is reconsidering the last administration’s approach to updating the overtime regulations. While Acosta did not indicate the exact timing of the RFI, he did say that the agency will publish the request “in the next two to three weeks.”

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5 Tips to Help You Plan a Professional Development Day for Your Faculty and Staff

by Jill Thompson

Human resources at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) recently organized an interactive half day of professional development for faculty and staff at the institution. Here, Candace Baer and Cassandra Goryl from RISD share five tips on how you can plan a successful professional development event at your institution.

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CUPA-HR Members Meet With Lawmakers in First-Ever “Day on the Hill” Event

by CUPA-HR

The meetings afforded both CUPA-HR as an organization and the individual members who attended a platform to discuss issues for which the association has led advocacy efforts over the past year as well as issues currently impacting higher education and higher ed HR.

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Survey Finds Pay Gaps Among Higher Ed Staff, and a Lack of Younger Skilled Craft Workers

by Missy Kline

What does the staff workforce look like in higher ed? How long do they stay in their positions? Are women and minorities well-represented and paid equitably? Which staff positions have the highest salaries and which have the lowest? How does this pay vary across the country? These are some of the questions we sought to answer in this year’s Staff in Higher Education Salary Survey.

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Which Higher Ed Positions Were Most Affected by DOL’s Proposed Changes to the Overtime Rule?

by Missy Kline

Recently released data from CUPA-HR’s Professionals in Higher Education Salary Survey give us a good idea of which positions were changed to nonexempt and which positions saw salary increases to get them to the DOL's proposed salary threshold.

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Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

by CUPA-HR

Now that Acosta has been confirmed, it is likely that we will begin to see clarity as to the future policy of DOL and more immediately whether DOL will continue to defend the overtime rule in court. We expect Acosta will make decisions on how to proceed with the overtime rule rather quickly.

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