The February 16 webinar, "FLSA Overtime: How, When and Why to Prepare," was the most-attended webinar in CUPA-HR history, reinforcing that the topic is obviously top of mind for all of us in higher ed HR. During the webinar, we polled participants to help us more fully understand the challenges the changes would create. So what are our top concerns?
Forty-four individuals from 28 institutions attended that first meeting in 1946. Among other things, they agreed that a formal association to foster their fledgling profession was in order, and the College and University Personnel Association (CUPA) was born.
On February 17, CUPA-HR, the American Council on Education and other higher ed associations met with the U.S. Department of Treasury to discuss the ongoing issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate as it relates to student workers on campus. The meeting was a follow-up to a January 2015 conversation wherein we provided input to the Treasury and the IRS on how institutions could calculate hours for resident assistants, undergraduate and graduate research assistants and other student workers whose hours are problematic to track.
Our comments address our concerns with the proposal’s failure to adopt incentive limits and reasonable design requirements consistent with those established under the ACA and regulations issued under HIPAA. The comments also oppose any requirement that incentives be available to those who do not participate in employer wellness programs but rather “medically certify” that any issues are under treatment. We also urge the Commission to refrain from any rulemaking regarding electronic storage of records and emphasize the need for a significant amount of time for employers to come into compliance with any new requirements.
It seems like these days there’s a “day” for everything: National Cheeseburger Day (September 18), Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19), World Introvert Day (January 2) … the list goes on. While these days have varying importance depending on who you talk to, there is one day we hope you’ll join us in celebrating — Digital Learning Day on February 17.
CUPA-HR Participates in Chamber of Commerce Symposium on Impact of Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations
On February 1, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce held a symposium to highlight the impact the proposed FLSA overtime regulations will have on vulnerable employers (think small businesses, nonprofits, academic institutions and state and local governments). As part of the event, CUPA-HR chief government relations officer Josh Ulman and Barbara Carroll, chief HR officer at Vanderbilt University and chair of the CUPA-HR board of directors, represented the association and its members in a panel discussion with other representatives from public-sector academic institutions.
Increasing reports of sexual violence on college campuses across the nation have brought the subject out of the shadows and into the light. What actions can colleges and universities take to curb sexual violence on campus and help create a safe, respectful, collegiate learning and teaching environment?
Great work is being done by HR organizations at colleges and universities across the country. From innovations in processes and procedures to transformative HR work, from unique and forward-thinking diversity and inclusion initiatives to championing change, many HR organizations are successfully positioning themselves as strategic business partners and contributors to their institutions’ missions — and many institutional presidents are paving the way for HR to get the job done.