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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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Plan, Stretch, Connect: How Six Early-Career HR Professionals Are Developing Professionally in Higher Ed

by Julie Boggs

As a kick-off to the Wildfire program, participants used their time in Tempe to learn about the challenges and opportunities within the program and chart a course for their development. Here’s how they’re approaching the year ahead (you can steal these ideas to bolster your own career development!):

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DOL’s Request for Information on the Overtime Rule to Be Published July 26

by CUPA-HR

The RFI invites the public to comment on a multitude of questions, including “whether the standard salary level set in that rule effectively identifies employees who may be exempt, whether a different salary level would more appropriately identify such employees, the basis for setting a different salary level, and why a different salary level would be more appropriate or effective.”

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NLRB Nominees Win Committee Approval

by CUPA-HR

On July 19, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) favorably reported out President Trump’s nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to be members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Approved in a 12-11 vote along party lines, Kaplan’s and Emanuel’s nominations now advance to the full Senate for consideration.

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DOL Plans to Revise the Overtime Rule

by CUPA-HR

On June 30, DOL filed its reply brief in the Fifth Circuit in relation to its appeal from the November 2016 federal district court decision granting a preliminary injunction to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule. In the brief, DOL asks the court to affirm that the agency can set a salary threshold, while declining to defend the Obama era rule — stating that it will revise the rule through further rulemaking if the Fifth Circuit confirms DOL’s ability to set a salary threshold.

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DOL Reinstates Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

by CUPA-HR

The opinion letter process, which had been a longstanding practice of DOL, was eliminated during the Obama administration. "Reinstating opinion letters will benefit employees and employers as they provide a means by which both can develop a clearer understanding of the FLSA and other statutes," said Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.

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3 Tips for Training Employees on Title IX

by Missy Kline

Most Title IX experts agree that training and communication are key to not only helping prevent sexual violence on campus, but also to helping an institution appropriately respond to a complaint of sexual assault and/or to maneuver through a Title IX investigation. To learn more about effective training practices, we spoke with Mary Anne Koleny, HR director and Title IX liaison for the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, who as part of her recent master’s work studied Title IX training for higher ed employees. Here, she offers three tips on how to provide comprehensive training and resources for Title IX reporting on your campus.

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Award-Winning Work in Higher Ed HR

by Missy Kline

Great work is being done by HR organizations and HR professionals at colleges and universities across the country. Each year, CUPA-HR recognizes these trailblazers with its Higher Education Human Resource Awards. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

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DOL to Issue Request for Information on the Overtime Rule

by CUPA-HR

RFIs are a first step in the regulatory process, and Acosta's comments on the matter suggest DOL is reconsidering the last administration’s approach to updating the overtime regulations. While Acosta did not indicate the exact timing of the RFI, he did say that the agency will publish the request “in the next two to three weeks.”

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5 Tips to Help You Plan a Professional Development Day for Your Faculty and Staff

by Jill Thompson

Human resources at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) recently organized an interactive half day of professional development for faculty and staff at the institution. Here, Candace Baer and Cassandra Goryl from RISD share five tips on how you can plan a successful professional development event at your institution.

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