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Posts from the ‘Compliance/Legal Issues’ Category

HR and the Courts: Recent Rulings and Legislation on Salary History Inquiries, National Origin Discrimination, ERISA Class Action Litigation, Pregnancy-Related Reasonable Accommodation and More

by CUPA-HR

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira.

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IRS Increases Maximum Contributions to Retirement Funds

by Wes Harmon

For the first time since 2015, the maximum employee contribution to defined contribution plans — such as 401(k)s 403(b)s — will increase by $500, to $18,500 for 2018, with the combined employer and employee maximum (referred to as “all sources”) increasing by $1,000, to $55,000.

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3 Myths About Faculty and Staff Discipline

by Jill Thompson

We’ve all worked with a bad apple at one time or another. Maybe you still do. You know the one … the faculty member who seems to get away with everything, the staff member who says whatever they want whenever they want, the coworker who is abrasive and uncooperative. As an HR professional, you want to take disciplinary action, but first you must gather evidence to support your claim and follow appropriate legal guidelines.

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DACA: Where Things Stand

by CUPA-HR

The Trump administration added a major item to Congress’ to-do list with a September 5 announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the administration would phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Making matters even more difficult was the release on October 8 of President Trump’s letter to House and Senate leaders that included reforms the president would like to see included as part of any legislation addressing the status of DACA recipients.

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Congress Looks to Tackle Tax Reform

by CUPA-HR

President Trump initially shared with reporters a high-level overview of his tax plan this past April. From there, representatives from the White House, Republican congressional leadership and tax committee chairs began working together to hash out a tax reform plan.

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HR and the Courts: Recent Rulings on Class-Action Pension Litigation, First Amendment Free Speech, Anxiety as a Disability Under the ADA and More

by CUPA-HR

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira.

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HR and the Courts: Recent Rulings on Free Speech, Class Action Pension Litigation, Disability and Religious Discrimination

by CUPA-HR

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira.

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CUPA-HR Joins Higher Ed Groups to Support the Dream Act of 2017

by CUPA-HR

The bill, which was introduced on July 20 by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), would allow undocumented immigrants — often referred to as Dreamers — who grew up in the United States the ability to earn lawful permanent residence and provide a pathway to citizenship.

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Marvin Kaplan Sworn in as NLRB Member

by CUPA-HR

Kaplan's appointment brings the NLRB to a four-of-five-member complement, split 2-2 along party lines. The president's other nominee, William Emanuel, will face a confirmation vote this fall. If he is confirmed, the Board would shift to a Republican majority for the first time since December 2007.

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HR and the Courts: ADA Prescription Marijuana Precedent, Telecommuting as a Reasonable Accommodation and More

by CUPA-HR

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Read the latest from Ira.

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