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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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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Recordkeeping

by CUPA-HR

On May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule — “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” — requiring employers to electronically submit injury and illness recordkeeping information to OSHA on an annual basis.

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Age Is Nothing But a Number

by Missy Kline

On the surface, it might seem like differences abound when it comes to different generations in the workplace, but if you dig a little deeper, you may be surprised at what you find … for often it’s perceptions that divide, not generations. And CUPA-HR member Sheraine Gilliam of City University of New York is making it her personal mission to educate others on just that.

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How to Bring the Fun at Work

by Missy Kline

When was the last time you had honest-to-goodness fun at work? I’m talking tell-your-family-and-friends fun. Think-about-it-afterward-and-smile fun. Mentally-check-out-and-enjoy-the-moment fun. If you can’t recall the last time your team, department or office had fun as a group, it’s definitely been too long! For too many employees, work can be like groundhog day. Same tasks, same meetings, same conversations, same cubicle … week in and week out. A break from the monotony, stress and pressure, even for just 30 minutes, can do wonders for morale, engagement and productivity.

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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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