The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

HR and the Courts

by CUPA-HR

This month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides details on cases including a Maryland legislature overriding a governor’s veto to become the tenth state to mandate paid family leave through a state funded program of employer and worker payroll taxes, the California Assembly considering passing a law protecting employees’ off hours marijuana use, increases in accommodations requests and mental health discrimination bias claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and more.

CUPA-HR Participates in Hill Meetings With House Ways and Means Committee Member Offices

by CUPA-HR

Over the last month, CUPA-HR’s government relations team joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and other higher education organizations in virtual Capitol Hill meetings to discuss tax priorities for the higher education community. Meetings have been held with staffers of Members of the House Ways and Means Committee to advocate for tax policies and proposals to alleviate various burdens placed on students, employees and institutions alike.

DHS to Temporarily Increase the Automatic Extension Period of Work Permits for Certain Visa Applicants

by CUPA-HR

Effective May 4, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a Temporary Final Rule (TFR) to increase the automatic extension period of expiring employment authorization documents (EADs) for certain renewal applicants from 180 days to 540 days. Specifically, the TFR applies to three groups of applicants in EAD categories currently eligible for the previous 180-day automatic extension of employment authorization and EAD validity.

Reassessing Your Institution’s EAP: Steps for HR Pros to Increase Awareness and Accessibility

by Lakyn Whaley

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are nothing new. In fact, 97 percent of large employers offer an EAP as part of their benefits package. Yet, the utilization rate of these programs is abysmally low, clocking in at an average of less than 5 percent even as concerns around mental health continue to grow. EAPs should be a key resource for struggling employees, so why isn’t anybody using them? Read how HR can help remove barriers to access and improve EAP usage.

2022 Data: Changes in Higher Ed Pay and Workforce Size

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR has released its data on overall higher ed pay increases, as well as changes in workforce size for 2021-22. The data show that higher ed pay increases have not kept pace with inflation and overall workforce size has declined in the wake of the pandemic.

DHS Extends I-9 Flexibility Guidance Through October

by CUPA-HR

On April 25, the Department of Homeland Security announced another extension of the Form I-9 compliance flexibilities that was initially granted in 2020. The guidance was set to expire on April 30 but has now been extended through October 31, 2022.

Uncovering Workplace Barriers by Auditing the DEI Experience

by CUPA-HR

Detecting bias can be a challenge, particularly when it comes to long-standing practices that are firmly rooted in our campus culture and systems. Left unchecked, these routine practices may create unintended barriers to inclusion and belonging. In the recent CUPA-HR virtual workshop, “Detecting Systemic Bias in Talent Practices,” presenters discussed methods higher ed HR practitioners can use to pinpoint these barriers to inclusion. One method is to audit the DEI experience at your institution by reflecting on the following questions to determine who is present, who is participating and who holds the power.

HR and the Courts

by CUPA-HR

This month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides details on cases including an assistant professor awarded $3 million for past and future emotional distress resulting from her tenure denial based on her sex and pregnancies, a New York state court system terminating 103 unvaccinated employees for failure to adhere to the court system’s vaccine mandate, the dismissals of two discrimination claims brought by a student intern and a non-citizen, and more.

Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act Signed into Law

by CUPA-HR

On March 15, President Biden signed into law the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization Act of 2022. The legislation reauthorizes all current VAWA grant programs through 2027 and was included in the omnibus appropriations package, which provided $1.5 trillion to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2022.