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CUPA-HR Submits Comments on “Blacklisting” Regulations

by CUPA-HR

capitolhillOn August 26, CUPA-HR submitted joint comments with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in response to the government's proposed “blacklisting” rule for federal government contractors, which was published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2015. The proposal would require federal contractors and those bidding on contracts to disclose, on a biannual basis, any actions where a state or federal agency alleges or a court or administrative agency finds the contractor or bidder or one of their subcontractors violated federal or state labor and employment laws within the last three years.

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Lessons Learned From Implementing a Homegrown Performance Management System

by Missy Kline

performanceHelping our organizations manage performance is an important part of what we do as HR professionals. Organizational leaders look to us to provide direction, guidance and oversight for the performance management process. And with more and more organizations moving to competency-based performance appraisals, many of us are having to take a fresh look at our talent management strategies. Here, Oregon State University’s chief HR officer shares some lessons he and his team learned during the development and implementation of an in-house-built performance management system.

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NLRB Issues Long-Awaited Decision on Northwestern University Football Players

by CUPA-HR

nlrbOn August 17, the National Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous decision dismissing a representation petition filed by a group of Northwestern University football players seeking to unionize — a landmark decision in a case which had the potential to significantly alter the makeup of college athletics.

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4 Ways to Improve Compensation Satisfaction in Your Organization

by Missy Kline

man and money and handAre there grumblings at your institution about pay? Water-cooler talk lamenting a lack of raises, perceived inequities or other compensation-related issues? If yours is like the majority of organizations, the answer is probably “yes.” But how much of that chatter is based on fact and how much is born from speculation? And how can we help employees separate fact from fiction?

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ENDA Replaced by Broader Equality Act

by CUPA-HR

equalflagThe Equality Act seeks to build upon the momentum gathered in the wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision affirming the legality of same-sex marriage by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of federally-protected classes. The bill would expand the scope of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Jury Selection and Service Act to make discrimination against LGBT individuals unlawful under federal law.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on DOL’s Overtime Proposal

by CUPA-HR

overtimeOn July 23, the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on the impact of the DOL’s proposed changes to the rules governing federal overtime regulations under the FLSA. Witnesses testified on the possible impact of the proposal on workplace opportunity and flexibility for workers and budgets and operations for nonprofits, businesses and other employers.

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DOL Issues New Guidance on Misclassification of Independent Contractors

by CUPA-HR

capitol-building-featuredOn July 15, the DOL issued new guidance in the form of an Administrator’s Interpretation on employee and independent contractor classification under the FLSA. The guidance attempts to clarify FLSA's definitions of "employee" and "employment" while also shedding additional light on its process for determining whether an independent contractor has been misclassified.

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: First Amendment

by Julie Boggs

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRWhether "HR legal expert" is already on your list of mastered HR competencies or you're working to get it there, here’s a real court case that will test your HR legal knowledge and risk management acumen on the First Amendment. Review the facts of the case, tell us which side you think prevailed, and find out if you’re right!

The Case: Campus Cop Love Triangle — Goff v. Kutztown University & Its Police Chief (E.D. Pa., 10/22/14)

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Where Do Your HR Competencies Lie?

by Missy Kline

Framework_10.5x8The one-size-fits-all approach to training and development is quickly going the way of the dinosaur, and moving to the forefront is competency-based learning, where learning is less about the time spent in a classroom, and more about mastering specific skills through personalized learning experiences.

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Student Success — It’s HR’s Job Too

by Missy Kline

HiResEvery individual in an organization is responsible for helping that organization meet its bottom line. For higher ed, the bottom line is student success. While HR contributes behind the scenes to student success in myriad ways, it’s not often we’re able to be front and center. However, when leadership at Alamo Colleges last year charged every department on campus with making a direct impact on student success and engagement, HR met the challenge.

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