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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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3 Activities to Engage Participants Through In-Person Sexual Harassment Training

by Jill Thompson

Feeling safe and comfortable at work and around coworkers makes it easier to enjoy the work you do, yet there are instances where inappropriate jokes or the invasion of personal space are still present in the workplace. One way to prevent these situations from arising is to deliver in-person sexual harassment training. This type of training allows for deeper exploration of complex issues, enhances conversations, increases comfort of reporting and is a proactive approach to facing inappropriate behavior.

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Using Academic Research to Increase Workforce Diversity

by Jill Thompson

Increasing workforce diversity at your institution might be at the top of your HR wishlist, but simply wishing for it won’t yield results. However, you do have a powerful resource right at your fingertips – your campus library database.

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A 4-Step Model for Leadership Success

by Missy Kline

What does it take to be successful as a leader? By following a simple four-step process, you can greatly increase your leadership capability and earn the trust and respect of those on your team as well as others on campus.

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What Can HR Do to Support the Changing Faculty in Higher Ed?

by Missy Kline

In her session “HR and Support of the Changing Faculty” at CUPA-HR’s annual conference in San Diego, Adrianna Kezar, director of the Delphi Project on the Changing Faculty and Student Success at University of Southern California, shared some of the challenges non-tenure-track faculty face and how human resources can help shepherd new policies and practices to better support them.

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Data Talks: Using HR Metrics and Visualizations to Persuade and Inform

by Missy Kline

Did you know that 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual? That visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text? That the brain can get the sense of a visual in less than 1/10 of a second? That visuals and emotions are stored in the same part of the brain? For these reasons and more, visuals are much more effective than text at persuading, informing and catching the eye of those you’re trying to reach.

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Are You Prepared in the Event of a Disaster?

by Sissy Meredith

The start of the fall semester is already a busy time for colleges and universities around the country, but throw in the mix an unforeseen circumstance, like a natural disaster, and it can wreak havoc on a campus community. And while there is never a sure-fire way to completely prepare for the unknown, what you can do is have a plan in place.

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Cheryl Stanton Nominated to Serve as Wage and Hour Administrator

by CUPA-HR

President Trump has announced his intent to nominate Cheryl Stanton as the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour administrator. Stanton, who currently serves as the executive director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, held multiple White House roles under President George W. Bush, serving as the White House’s principal legal liaison to DOL, the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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11 Institutions That Are Getting It Right in Diversity and Equity in Leadership Positions

by Missy Kline

CUPA-HR’s latest research, which compared institutions’ performance over several years in terms of representation and pay equity for women and minority administrators, found that although many institutions did well in at least one diversity/equity area, relatively few did so for representation and pay for both women and minority administrators. However, 11 institutions were top performers in all areas, sustaining equitable pay and representation for both minorities and women over the past 16 years. Read on to learn which institutions are getting it right.

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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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