Following the NLRB’s August 23 decision in Columbia University, which held that student workers at private institutions are employees entitled to collective bargaining and other rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act, colleges and universities have seen a rapid increase in union organizing efforts employing disparate approaches and increased union activity on campus from student workers and other employees.
On September 22, an associate general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, responding in an advice memorandum to NLRB regional director Peter Ohr, declared that rules in Northwestern University’s Football Handbook, which restricted players’ social media use and media appearances and prohibited discussion of the athletes’ health, were “unlawful.”
University of Missouri System’s HR organization is a great case study in how human resources can use people data to identify workforce trends, identify and address challenges, and help university leaders and managers make sound workforce-related decisions.
Keeping a finger on the pulse of current and emerging higher ed and HR-related trends that may have implications for our students, employees and campus communities is a crucial part of our role as HR professionals. A few members of CUPA-HR’s Corporate Advisory Council have prepared white papers in which they share their insights into emerging trends and issues and how institutions can prepare.
On September 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 (EO) requiring federal contractors and subcontractors working on or in connection with covered contracts to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. Although DOL has made some minor revisions to the proposed rule, the final rule remains largely unchanged and will impose significant obligations on many employers.
At the CUPA-HR Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. last week, I sat in on the FLSA overtime and legal update Super Sessions and "overheard" a lot of online conversation from attendees.