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Take a few minutes to explore one of the featured topics below, or check out one of our many HR toolkits, designed with the higher ed workplace in mind. We will continue to add and expand toolkits, so stop by often to see what’s new. And if you have an idea for a toolkit or a resource to recommend, send us an e-mail at

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Featured Content

ACA Update: Are You Ready for 2015?

Affordable Care Act (ACA) updates shared at the 2014 CUPA-HR Annual Conference:

  • Employer Mandate – Under the ACA’s employer mandate (which goes into effect for large employers — those with 100 or more employees) on January 1, 2015, employers will be required to provide minimum essential health coverage for full-time employees or face a penalty. The ACA defines a full-time employee as one working 30 hours or more per week. In February, the IRS stated that employers will be deemed in compliance for 2015 if they cover 70% of their full-time employees. For 2016, employers must cover 95% of their employees to be deemed in compliance.
  • Cadillac Tax – Starting January 1, 2018, a 40 percent excise tax will be assessed on high-cost, employer-sponsored coverage for benefits – currently high-cost is $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage.
  • Adjuncts – According to IRS guidance issued in February, adjunct faculty hours are to be calculated at 2.25 hours for every hour of class time. This formula does not include any mandatory faculty meetings or office hours, which must be credited separately.

Legislation to Watch

  • Definition of full-time worker (Save American Workers Act, H.R. 2575) – would define a “full-time employee” as an employee who is employed on average at least 40 hours per week
  • Exempting student workers from employer coverage (H.R. 5262 and H.R. 5298) – would exempt from the employer mandate students enrolled half-time or more who have campus jobs

Other Resources

Knowledge Center PPACA Toolkit

CUPA-HR’s Advocacy and Compliance News

Washington Update Presentation From Annual Conference

Shared Governance

One of the pillars constituting the philosophy of the academy is shared governance. If you are an academic administrator or faculty member, your orientation is to the need for and value of shared governance. It is part of your DNA. If you are an administrator in higher education, you may question its value and see it as an impediment to productivity and change. Such is especially true for those who have migrated into the world of higher education from the private sector.

In a recent post on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s blog, past CUPA-HR Board Chair Allison Vaillancourt opines on the merits of shared governance. She enjoys the unique perspective as both a leader in her university’s administration and also as a faculty member.

You may wish to continue the shared governance conversation on CUPA-HR’s online member community CUPA-HR Connect or learn more about governance in higher education in CUPA-HR’s Knowledge Center Toolkit devoted to that topic.

Preventing Sexual Violence on Campus

College campuses are not immune from the recent flurry of news about domestic and sexual violence. You no doubt are aware of Title IX and the flurry of recent requirements relating to sexual assault and harassment prevention programs and training on college campuses. But what about the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, which imposes new obligations on colleges and universities?

The SaVE Act amends the Clery Act of 1992 and is included as Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, signed by President Obama in March 2013. It took effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year and requires both public and private institutions to provide standards for conducting proceedings, increase transparency in reporting sexual violence on campus, enhance victims’ rights and conduct prevention education training. Learn more about the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), VAWA Reauthorization, the Clery Act and the SaVe Act by accessing the following resources:

Violence Against Women Act of 1994

VAWA Fact Sheet

Clery Act of 1992

Clery Act FAQs

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act

Additional Explanation About the SaVE Act

ACE Summary

Can You Legally Fire a Domestic Abuser?

Title IX Toolkit

Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA)

CUPA-HR Comments to the Senate HELP Committee on CASA

Crisis Management and Pandemic Planning

Several years ago, crisis management plans received a great deal of attention amidst the flu pandemic scare. And plans were subsequently deployed when hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard a few years ago. Now the threat of the Ebola virus, albeit purportedly unlikely, is raising concerns.

Does your crisis management plan make provisions for dealing with communicable disease outbreaks like Ebola — or even the flu? In the Knowledge Center, you’ll find a comprehensive Crisis Management Toolkit that addresses not only natural disasters but also pandemics. The following resources can help ensure your campus is prepared in the event of a crisis situation:

Crisis Management Toolkit

Infectious Disease Outbreaks on the College Campus: Be Prepared

The American College Health Association

World Health Organization Checklist for Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Planning

International SOS Pandemic Preparedness

Pandemic Planning

Ebola Risk Management for Organizations

Staying Calm and Prepared for Possible Workplace Ebola Issues

CDC Advice About Ebola to Colleges, Universities and Students

CDC Ebola Website

Stanford University Guidelines for Travel to and From West Africa

Higher Education and West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak

University of California News Release on Ebola Outbreak (good communications template)

Wisconsin Universities Taking Precautions Against Ebola

Confronting Ebola Concerns in the Workplace

Visit CUPA-HR’s online community CUPA-HR Connect to find additional information from members