The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Three Elements of a Successful Onboarding Program

by CUPA-HR

Onboarding programs consisting of a brief history lesson about the institution and instructions for how to get a parking pass aren’t likely to inspire new hires. Here are three elements of onboarding programs that go beyond the basics to create a deeper understanding of campus culture and a sense of belonging.

CUPA-HR Submits Comments in Response to Title IX NPRM

by CUPA-HR

On September 12, CUPA-HR submitted comments in response to the Department of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend Title IX. The NPRM seeks to rollback and replace the Trump administration’s 2020 Title IX rule, specifically with respect to its grievance procedures, and establish expanded protections against sex-based discrimination to cover sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy or related conditions.

HR and the Courts – September 2022

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard’s overview this month includes a coach’s First Amendment retaliatory discharge claim, an appeal on gender dysphoria coverage under the ADA, a class action suit against West Virginia for denial of gender-affirming care, and more.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness: Four Ways HR Can Lead the Conversation

by CUPA-HR

In higher education, we must plan for many worst-case scenarios, including tornados, fires, active-shooter situations, and, as we now know, pandemics. Among this wide range of difficult scenarios that could present themselves on our campuses at any time, suicide is one that deserves more attention and discussion. Here are four ways HR can take the lead on awareness and prevention efforts.

Time Is Running Out: Help Your Employees Navigate the Special PSLF Waiver

by CUPA-HR

On Oct. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education announced a change to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program rules for a limited time as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. Millions of non-profit and government employees have federal student loans and may now be eligible for loan forgiveness or additional credit through the limited PSLF waiver. But they need to act fast. The special waiver expires October 31, 2022.

DHS Proposes Rule Permitting Alternative Options for Form I-9 Document Examination

by CUPA-HR

On August 18, the Department of Homeland Security published in the Federal Register its anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on optional alternative examination practices for employers when reviewing an individual’s identity and employment authorization documents required by the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Interested stakeholders can submit comments on the NPRM through October 17.

August Recess Roundup: Congressional and Regulatory Updates

by CUPA-HR

When August arrives, Congress leaves D.C. and heads to their home districts for the annual August recess period. To keep CUPA-HR members apprised of recent and future actions on the Hill and in federal agencies, here are highlights of the latest actions by Congress, nominations they’ll have to consider when they return, and regulations that may be issued throughout the month.

Event Planning, Institutional Research, Museum, and Tutor Positions See Significant Growth in the Wake of the Pandemic

by CUPA-HR

According to data recently released by CUPA-HR, the higher ed staff positions that saw the greatest growth from 2020-21 to 2021-22 were Event Planning Assistant (up 193%), Institutional Research Analyst (up 161%), Head of Campus Museum (up 120%), and Tutor (up 114%). These increases reflect an increase in the number of people hired to fill existing or newly created positions since 2020-21.

HR and the Courts – August 2022

by CUPA-HR

This month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides overviews of recent cases and decisions, including EEOC guidance on requiring employee COVID-19 testing, the case of an employee discharged after filing for extended FMLA leave, the First Amendment case of employees challenging a ban on Black Lives Matter adornments on uniforms, data on private-sector union organizing, and more.

The Wildfire Program Welcomes a New Cohort for 2022-23

by CUPA-HR

For the higher ed HR community to thrive there must be a pipeline of early-career professionals waiting in the wings, and one way CUPA-HR equips early-career pros to grow in their role and take steps toward their career goals is through the Wildfire program. The program, sponsored in part by HigherEdJobs, is a 12-month immersive experience that connects a small, select group of early-career higher ed HR professionals with some of the top leaders in the profession, giving them a variety of learning opportunities.