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The Journey Begins for Six Early-Career Higher Ed HR Pros

by Missy Kline

Remember when you were first starting out on your higher ed HR career path? If you were lucky enough to have an ear to bend, a shoulder to lean on or footsteps to follow in early in your career, it likely helped you find your footing, gain some confidence and feel reassured and supported in your new role. This is exactly what CUPA-HR’s Wildfire program is designed to provide for a select few early-career higher education HR professionals each year.

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DOL’s New Persuader Rule Unenforceable Due to Court Ruling

by CUPA-HR

On June 27, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued an injunction preventing DOL from implementing and enforcing its recent changes to the persuader rule, which was scheduled to go into effect July 1.

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Shawn Achor’s Happiness Advantage at Work

by Julie Boggs

CUPA-HR Staff Book Discussion GroupWe’ve all read about it, heard about it and discussed it with our HR colleagues — unhappy employees hurt our organizations.

Author and researcher Shawn Achor has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success, and when he was first selected as a keynote speaker for the CUPA-HR Annual Conference and Expo 2016 in Washington, D.C., a small group of CUPA-HR staff set out to discover his secrets to happiness by organizing a book club to read and discuss Achor’s book The Happiness Advantage.

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3 Things You Need to Know About OFCCP’s New Sex Discrimination Guidelines

by CUPA-HR

The agency’s new regulations address a variety of issues which have arisen since the previous iteration was published in 1970, including sexual harassment, accommodations for pregnancy, equal leave and benefits for men and women, gender identity and sex stereotyping.

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OFCCP Publishes Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines

by CUPA-HR

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.

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House Committee Holds Hearing on Final Overtime Rule

by CUPA-HR

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.”

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Test Your HR Legal Knowledge: First Amendment

by Brittany Hubbard

test-your-hr-legal-knowledge-CUPA-HRAre 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)

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8 Common Higher Ed Positions and Their (Likely) FLSA Status Under the New Overtime Rule

by Missy Kline

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.

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EEOC Finalizes Regulations on Wellness Plans

by CUPA-HR

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.

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All Things FLSA Overtime

by Missy Kline

OT-clockEmployers 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.

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