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.
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.
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.
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?