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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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A New Year, a New Administration and a New Congress

by CUPA-HR

Congress convened on January 3 to usher in the 115th Congress and begin immediate work in an effort to deliver on election promises. With Republican majorities in both houses, an incoming Republican administration and one of the busiest Congressional calendars in years, 2017 promises to be an action-packed year that will bring much change. .

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2016 Comes to a Close

by CUPA-HR

When the new year is ushered in, congressional Republicans and President Trump will have a huge amount of work to do in order to be successful delivering on campaign promises. The Trump administration has been very vocal that they want to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), make changes to corporate tax reform — which will include small business — and individual tax reform, and make significant changes to our immigration laws.

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