The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Three Ways to Put Ethical Leadership Into Action at Your Organization

by CUPA-HR

In today’s world, leaders have more information available to them than ever before, but this torrent of information isn’t helping them meet the challenges of ethical leadership. Research shows that what leaders need is not more information, but insight. We gain insight by asking questions and digging deeper into data, thus gaining a better understanding of data in the context of our organizational challenges and overarching goals and values. And although insight may lead to better thinking, it takes more than simply thinking about an idea to transform our organizations into positive, ethical workplaces.

HR and the Courts

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard highlights recent rulings around a medical resident’s dismissed ADA lawsuit, a former professor’s suspension and tenure denial for violating university policy, a college coach’s right to jury trial over a retaliatory discharge claim, the reversal of a $13 million jury verdict awarded to a professor in a sexual harassment case, and several universities involved in class action ERISA suits.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Reopening American Workplaces and Schools

by CUPA-HR

On May 12, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing titled, “COVID-19: Safely Getting Back to Work and Back to School.” The hearing allowed the committee and four public health experts to discuss risks and best practices moving forward for reopening workplaces and schools as states begin to reopen their economies after COVID-19 closures and lockdowns.

IRS Increases Flexibility for Section 125 Cafeteria Plans

by CUPA-HR

On May 12, the Internal Revenue Service released two notices providing temporary increased flexibility for Section 125 Cafeteria Plans, health plans that allow workers to choose from a variety of benefits on a pre-tax basis.

Furloughs, Layoffs and RIFs — What’s the Best Option for Your Institution’s Workforce?

by CUPA-HR

The fall semester remains a big question mark in the minds of those associated with higher ed institutions. However, one thing is clear — enrollment will take a dip. That being said, tough employment decisions must be made, and HR must be prepared to explain and recommend a combination of furloughs, layoffs and salary freezes and reductions to decision makers.

Checking in With Ira Shepard: Employee Health and Safety on Return to Campus

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR Vice President and Chief Learning Officer Sissy Meredith is back again with Ira Shepard, CUPA-HR’s general counsel and of counsel at Saul Ewing Arnstein and Lehr, this time with a focus on health and safety considerations for returning to campus, including developing or updating policies and protocols for personal protective equipment, temperature checks, employee privacy, and more.

Federal Government Issues Guidance on UI, SBA Loans and Offers to Return to Work

by CUPA-HR

The Department of Labor, the Small Business Administration, and the Department of the Treasury issued guidance materials for employers and employees to help them better understand how financial assistance resources created in response to the coronavirus public health emergency will be impacted by employee rejection of reemployment opportunities offered by the employer.

Checking in With Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes: Building Community Amid the Craziness

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR President and CEO Andy Brantley catches up with Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes, executive director and chief human resources officer at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Sheraine shares how the HR team collaborated with colleagues across the university to create programming that engages APSU parents working remotely to acknowledge the challenges of working from home with children and to help them feel connected. Programs have included “Little PEAYple Toddler Time,” “STEM Fun with APSU’s Mad Scientist” for school-aged children, an APSU Parent Survivor Series, and more.