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Small Victories – It’s Why I Do What I Do

by CUPA-HR

(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."

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Proposed OT Rule Could End Up Hurting Those It Intends to Help

by CUPA-HR

As efforts to influence changes to the proposed FLSA overtime regulations continue, the grassroots organization Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (of which CUPA-HR is a member) has released a video featuring the voices of higher education, nonprofits, small businesses and employees who would be adversely affected by the proposed rule change.

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CUPA-HR Leads Meeting With White House Officials on Overtime Proposal

by CUPA-HR

On April 19, representatives from CUPA-HR and other higher education associations met with government officials in D.C. to discuss higher ed’s concerns with the Department of Labor (DOL)’s overtime proposal as the rule enters its last stage of internal review by federal agencies. Our 16-person group met with officials from the White House Office of Management and Budget, DOL and the president’s Domestic Policy Council.

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DOL Issues Final “Persuader” Rule

by CUPA-HR

The rule expands reporting requirements for employers facing union organizing campaigns on almost any communication with employees about unions if a consultant or attorney has assisted the employer. Under the rule, employers and consultants or attorneys will need to file extensive forms detailing their agreements, salaries paid and any other clients if they participated in "persuader activity." Failure to comply with the filing requirements could result in criminal sanctions.

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Get People Talking – How to Effectively Facilitate Dialogue

by CUPA-HR

The ability to facilitate dialogue and create spaces in which people can engage and share perspectives is a key HR competency; however, it can be challenging to get people to talk and explore alternative perspectives in an environment where there are multiple views and opinions about everything we do. How can we, as HR professionals, hone our facilitation skills in order to promote dialogue and pave the way for open, honest communication?

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Overtime Takes Center Stage at Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Field Hearing

by CUPA-HR

At a recent hearing to discuss how current government regulations impact workers and job creators in Michigan, CUPA-HR board member and associate vice president for HR at University of Michigan Laurita Thomas provided a clear snapshot of the impact the DOL's overtime proposal will have on higher ed as she explained that the rule will impact 3,100 UMich employees, with implementation costs as high as $34 million.

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FLSA Overtime Final Rule Submitted to OMB

by CUPA-HR

On March 14, DOL submitted the final rule for “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is required to review all draft and final standards as well as all regulatory actions before implementation. This is the final step before the overtime rule is published — which could be as early as May.

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Three Ways HR Can Impact the Student Employee Experience

by Missy Kline

student employmentIn an effort to better prepare students to enter the working world on solid footing, colleges and universities are placing greater emphasis on experiential learning — and at many institutions, student employment is a means to this end. But in order for students to gain skills and knowledge that are transferable to the world of work, the student employment experience must be a meaningful one.

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Your Efforts on Overtime Regulations Make an Impact in Washington

by CUPA-HR

During a recent congressional committee hearing, U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop raised the issue of the DOL’s proposed change in overtime rules. Citing information he had received from a number of small colleges in Michigan, as well as statistics from several other states, Bishop shared several concerns specific to higher education (he cited the same cost figures that CUPA-HR supplied to DOL in our comments on the rule as well as a letter CUPA-HR championed on behalf of public-sector employers).

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Celebrating Our Differences, Connecting Through Our Sameness

by Missy Kline

CIC_PromoWhat do you see when you look around your office? Your campus? Your community? Depending on who you are and where you are, you may see people who look, act and speak very similar to yourself, or you may see people who you perceive to be very different from you. But every single person you see has a story that make him or her a truly unique individual.

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