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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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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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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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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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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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