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CUPA-HR Members Meet With Lawmakers in First-Ever “Day on the Hill” Event

by CUPA-HR

The meetings afforded both CUPA-HR as an organization and the individual members who attended a platform to discuss issues for which the association has led advocacy efforts over the past year as well as issues currently impacting higher education and higher ed HR.

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Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary

by CUPA-HR

Now that Acosta has been confirmed, it is likely that we will begin to see clarity as to the future policy of DOL and more immediately whether DOL will continue to defend the overtime rule in court. We expect Acosta will make decisions on how to proceed with the overtime rule rather quickly.

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President Trump Signs Executive Order to Change H-1B Visa Rules

by CUPA-HR

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled Buy American and Hire American which instructs federal agencies through the use of federal financial assistance awards and federal procurements to “maximize” the use of American goods and products and to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the U.S.” Additionally, the EO focuses specifically on reforming the H-1B program so that H-1B visas are awarded to the most skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.

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USCIS H-1B Processing Changes

by CUPA-HR

On April 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions for a period of up to six months. This temporary suspension was announced in early March. The agency claims the change will help reduce overall processing times, as USCIS will be able to “process long-pending petitions … and prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240-day mark.”

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Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Wins Committee Approval

by CUPA-HR

On March 30, the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) favorably reported out the nomination of President Trump’s choice for secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta. Approved in a 12-11 vote along party lines, Acosta’s nomination now advances to the full Senate for consideration.

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Trump Signs “Blacklisting” Resolution of Disapproval

by CUPA-HR

On March 27, President Trump signed into law a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution disapproving of the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” rule (the blacklisting rules) which permanently blocks implementation of the rule and any similar regulations in the future.

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CUPA-HR CEO Andy Brantley Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Overtime Rule

by Missy Kline

During his remarks, Brantley relayed higher education’s concerns with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s recent overtime rule and the complicated process institutions underwent in order to comply by the rule's effective date, while also expressing the importance of a salary update and providing suggestions for moving forward.

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Confirmation Hearings Continue for Trump’s Cabinet Picks

by CUPA-HR

Fourteen of the president's Cabinet nominees have either just concluded or still face confirmation hearings by the Senate committee of jurisdiction for their designated post and a confirmation vote by the full Senate.

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DOJ Issues New Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

by CUPA-HR

Under the rule, employers can be found liable for immigration-related employment discrimination if they take actions, even those that are not adverse, during any step of the hiring process that differentiate between employees based on national origin or citizenship status regardless of the reason for doing so.

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Asked and Answered: Questions on Immigration Reform, the ACA, Paid Leave and More Under the New Administration

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR's government relations team recently presented a webinar on what we might expect in the way of regulations and legislation with implications for the higher education workplace and workforce. Here, they answer some of the questions that came out of the webinar.

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