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Advocacy & Compliance News

Welcome to CUPA-HR's Advocacy and Compliance News page. Here you'll find links to our most recent blog posts, e-mail alerts, articles and position statements related to public policy issues. Use the menu on the left to delve into each of these areas more deeply.  

June 2017

Labor Secretary Introduction
Letter to DOL Secretary Acosta From the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunities (Advocacy Position)


 April 2017

FLSA Comp Time
Letter to House Subcommittee Supporting the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (Advocacy Position)

Labor Secretary Appointment
Labor Secretary Nominee Alex Acosta Wins Committee Approval (Higher Ed Workplace blog)


March 2017

Blacklisting Rules
Trump Signs "Blacklisting" Resolution of Disapproval (Higher Ed Workplace blog)

Harassment Enforcement Guidance
Comments on EEOC's Harassment Enforcement Guidance (Advocacy Position)

Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act of 2017 
Letter in Support of Expansion of Section 127 of Internal Revenue Code to Include Loan Repayment Assistance (Advocacy Position)

Affordable Care Act
ACA Repeal and Replace Plan Introduced (Washington Insider Alert)

H-1B Visas
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions (Washington Insider Alert) 
Letter to USCIS Opposing Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions (Advocacy Position)


February 2017

Trump Cabinet 
Trump Administration Nominates Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor Post (Washington Insider Alert)

FLSA Overtime
CUPA-HR CEO Andy Brantley Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Overtime Rule (Higher Ed Workplace blog)  

Employer-Provided Education Assistance
Letter to House Ways and Means Committee in Support of Strengthening Employer-Provided Education Assistance in Upcoming Tax Package (Advocacy Position)  

Letter to Senate Finance Committee in Support of Strengthening Employer-Provided Education Assistance in Upcoming Tax Package (Advocacy Position)  

Blacklisting Regulations
Letter to Senate Supporting Invalidation of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Regulations Implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (Advocacy Position)  

Letter to House Supporting Invalidation of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council Regulations Implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order (Advocacy Position)  
Letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly
From CUPA-HR ACE and 44 Other Higher Ed Assocations (Advocacy Position)


December 2016

Resident Advisors/Assistants Unionization
Amicus Brief in the George Washington University Case in Support of Employer (Advocacy Position)

ACA Cadillac Tax
Letter to Congress Urging Repeal of the Cadillac Tax (Advocacy Position)

 FLSA Overtime
What Is Higher Ed Doing in Response to the Overtime Rule Injunction? (CUPA-HR Member Survey)

DOL Appeals Judge's Ruling on FLSA Overtime Rule (Washington Insider Alert)  


 November 2016

FLSA Overtime
What Does the Preliminary Injunction Mean for Employers? (Washington Insider Alert)  

Judge Issues Injunction Postponing Effective Date of FLSA Overtime Rule (Washington Insider Alert)  


 October 2016

FLSA Overtime
PPWO Letter Signed by 407 Organizations in Strong Support of the Overtime Reform and Review Act (Advocacy Position)  

Affordable Care Act
Treasury Announces It Will Extend Relief on Subsidies for SHIP Coverage (Washington Insider Alert)

Immigration and Nationality Act
Comments on Proposed Rule of Office of Special Counsel for Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices (Advocacy Position)


 September 2016

FLSA Overtime 
House Votes to Delay Implementation of Overtime Rule (Washington Insider Alert)

Two Federal Lawsuits Challenge Recent FLSA Overtime Rule (Washington Insider Alert) 


August 2016

National Labor Relations Act 
NLRB Ruling Opens Door for Graduate Students to Unionize (Washington Insider Alert) 

Workforce Policy 
Clinton v. Trump Workforce Policy (Higher Ed Workplace blog) 

Regulatory Agenda 
  Biannual Regulatory Agenda Released - Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, Blacklisting Regs Likely to Be Addressed (Higher Ed Workplace blog) 

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 
Federal Government Releases Blacklisting Rule Imposing New Reporting Requirements on Federal Contractors (Washington Insider Alert)

FLSA Overtime
Impact of Exempt Salary Increase on Public and Land-Grant Institutions (includes section on extension agents/educators) (White Paper -- members-only content)


July 2016

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order
Letter of Support for Provisions in FY17 National Defense Authorization Act Limiting Executive Order's Applicability (Advocacy Position)

"Persuader" Rule
DOL's New Persuader Rule Unenforceable Due to Court Ruling (Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

FLSA Overtime
Impact of DOL Exempt Salary Increase on Higher Education Employers (White Paper -- members-only content)

Letter of Support for the Overtime Reform and Enhancement Act (Advocacy Position)

Letter of Support for House Appropriations Committee Provision Halting Implementation of Overtime Rule (Advocacy Position)

Sex Discrimination
3 Things You Need to Know About OFCCP 's New Sex Discrimination Guidelines (Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 


June 2016

Sex Discrimination
OFCCP Publishes Final Rule Updating Sex Discrimination Guidelines (Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

OES Survey - Aggregation of Post-Secondary Teaching Positions
Letter Opposing Proposed Occupation Aggregation Due to Its Potential Impact on Prevailing Wage Calculations (Advocacy Position) 

FLSA Overtime
8 Common Higher Ed Positions and Their (Likely) FLSA Status Under the New Overtime Rule (Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

Letter to House Small Business Committee in Support of S. 2707 Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (Advocacy Position)   

Letter in Support of the Protecting Workplace Advancement Opportunity Act (Advocacy Position)   


May 2016

FLSA Overtime
Payment of Coaches and Athletic Trainers Under FLSA (White Paper -- members-only content) 

All Things FLSA Overtime (Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

7 Things to Know About the New Overtime Regulations (Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity) 

DOL Releases New Overtime Rule – Exemption Threshold Raised to $47,476 (Washington Insider Alert) 

CUPA-HR Expresses Disappointment Over DOL Overtime Rule (Press Release)

Electronic Recordkeeping
OSHA Issues Final Rule on Electronic Recordkeeping (Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

Wellness Plans
EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Plans (Washington Insider Alert) 

"Persuader" Rule
Letter in Support of Nullifying DOL's Final "Persuader" Rule (Advocacy Position) 

Boost Saving for College Act
Letter to Senator Richard Burr Endorsing the Boost Saving for College Act (Advocacy Position) 

FLSA Overtime 
Letter With Estimated Overtime Costs, Submitted at Senate Small Business Committee Hearing (Advocacy Position)