Key Issues

Legislative and Regulatory News

Here you'll find links to our most recent blog posts and e-mail alerts related to public policy issues of importance to higher education and higher ed human resources. CUPA-HR's Public Policy Statement provides a framework for CUPA-HR’s public policy advocacy efforts.

September 2018

FLSA and Employee Wellness
DOL Issues Opinion Letter on Wellness Activities (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

August 2018

FLSA Overtime
DOL’s Wage and Hour Division Announces Overtime Rule Listening Sessions (Washington Insider Alert)
Talking Points For CUPA-HR Members Interested in Attending Listening Sessions

July 2018

Employee Handbook Rules
NLRB General Counsel Issues Guidance on Employee Handbook Rules (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

June 2018

Collective Bargaining
Supreme Court Issues Decision Impacting Public Employees’ Rights Regarding Their Union (Washington Insider Alert) 

May 2018

Regulatory Agenda
Trump Administration Releases Spring 2018 Regulatory Agenda (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

April 2018

E-Verify
USCIS Updates E-Verify (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

FLSA Overtime
DOL Issues Higher Ed-Specific Fact Sheet on Overtime Pay (Washington Insider Alert)

March 2018

OFCCP
OFCCP Issues Directive Requiring Use of Predetermination Notices to Encourage More Transparency (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

FLSA
DOL Announces Pilot Program to Test Voluntary Reporting of Wage Violations (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

Title VII and Workplace Discrimination
Second Circuit Court Rules That Title VII Covers Sexual Orientation Claims (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

February 2018

Tax Reform
How the New Excise Tax on Investment Income Could Impact Private Colleges and Universities (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)
Two New Excise Taxes That Could Impact Higher Ed (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)
5 Changes to Unrelated Business Income Tax and Fringe Benefits Rules Under the New Tax Law (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

January 2018

Affordable Care Act
Cadillac Tax Delayed Two Additional Years (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

DOL
WHD Starts to Move on Guidance and Rules (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

Tax Reform
Updated 2018 Withholding Tables Now Available 

NLRB
New Republican-Majority NLRB Decisions Impacting Higher Ed (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

December 2017

Tax Reform and Higher Education
Tuition Waivers and Employer-Provided Educational Assistance Will Remain Intact in New Tax Legislation  (Washington Insider Alert) 

NLRB
NLRB General Counsel Provides Glimpse Into New Policy Priorities (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

Tax Reform and Higher Education
Senate Passes Historic Tax Bill (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

November 2017

Tax Reform and Higher Education
Senate Releases Tax Reform Plan  
House Releases Text of Tax Reform Bill
Senate Releases Tax Reform Plan, Preserving Sections 117(d) and 127 (Washington Insider Alert)
Take Action: Tell Congress Not to Gut Tuition Reduction and Educational Assistance Benefits (Washington Insider Alert)
House Releases Text of Tax Reform Bill Gutting Sections 117(d) and 127 (Washington Insider Alert)

October 2017

Tax Reform and Higher Education
Congress Looks to Tackle Tax Reform (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)
Preserve the Student FICA Exemption (Issue Brief)
Protect and Expand Employer-Provided Education Assistance (Section 127) (Issue Brief)
Academic Dreams of Thousands Realized Through IRC § 117(d) – Qualified Tuition Reduction (Issue Brief)
Academic Dreams of Thousands Realized Through IRC § 117(d) – Qualified Tuition Reduction (Infographic)

DACA
DACA: Where Things Stand (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

 
September 2017

Title IX
DOE Issues New Interim Guidance on Campus Sexual Misconduct (Washington Insider Alert) 

Department of Labor
Cheryl Stanton Nominated to Serve as Wage and Hour Administrator (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

DACA
Trump Administration Gives Congress Six Months to Save DACA (Washington Insider Alert) 

FLSA Overtime
CUPA-HR Submits Comments on DOL's Request for Information on Overtime Rule (Washington Insider Alert) 
Texas Court Strikes Down Overtime Rule (Again) (Washington Insider Alert) 

August 2017

Dream Act
CUPA-HR Joins Higher Ed Groups to Support the Dream Act (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

NLRB Appointments
Marvin Kaplan Sworn in as NLRB Member (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

July 2017

H-1B Visas
USCIS to Resume H-1B Premium Processing for Institutions of Higher Education (Washington Insider Alert)

NLRB Appointments
NLRB Nominees Win Committee Approval (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

FLSA Overtime
DOL Issues Request for Information on Overtime Rule (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)
DOL Plans to Revise the Overtime Rule (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

June 2017

DOL Opinion Letters
DOL Reinstates Wage and Hour Opinion Letters (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

FLSA Overtime
DOL to Issue Request for Information on Overtime Rule (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

May 2017

Day on the Hill
CUPA-HR Members Meet With Lawmakers in First-Ever "Day on the Hill" Event (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

April 2017

H-1B Visas
President Trump Signs Executive Order to Change H-1B Vias Rules (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

USCIS H-1B Processing Changes (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

Labor Secretary Appointment
Senate Confirms Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog) 

Labor Secretary Nominee Alexander Acosta Wins Committee Approval (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

March 2017

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

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)

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 (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

December 2016

FLSA Overtime
What Is Higher Ed Doing in Response to the Overtime Rule Injunction? (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

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

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

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 (The Higher Ed Workplace Blog)

Regulatory Agenda
Biannual Regulatory Agenda Released - Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, Blacklisting Regs Likely to Be Addressed (The 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

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

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

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

June 2016

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

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