The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

HR and the Courts

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard highlights recent rulings around a Pennsylvania university employee who was terminated after sending an email to alert employees that a coworker’s spouse was diagnosed with COVID-19, a second lawsuit against the Trump administration’s Executive Order attempting to limit race and sex stereotyping and implicit bias training by government contractor employers, and more.

10 Ways to Be a Better Advocate for Your Institution’s LGBTQ Community

by CUPA-HR

Rob Keel, human resources analyst at Motlow State Community College and a 2019-20 CUPA-HR Wildfire program participant, highlights takeaways from the Creating Change Conference to help higher ed HR pros become better resources and advocates for the LGBTQ communities on their campuses. 

CUPA-HR, Other Associations Ask DOL to Rescind Flawed Rule on Prevailing Wage Minimums for H-1B Visas

by CUPA-HR

On November 9, 2020, CUPA-HR and 18 other associations submitted comments regarding the Department of Labor’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) entitled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States”. DOL’s IFR was unveiled on October 8 and went into effect immediately — preventing the regulated community, including the higher education community, from providing feedback or preparing prior to implementation.

October 27 is National Mentoring Day — CUPA-HR Resources to Help You Become a Higher Ed HR Mentor

by CUPA-HR

Higher ed HR pros continue to chip away at their ever-changing and ever-growing to-do lists brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, less pressing matters have been placed on the back burner, among which may include mentorship opportunities. Though mentoring may not be as high on the priority list compared to other tasks, it’s important to not let these opportunities for professional growth and connection continue to fall off our radar. October 27 is National Mentoring Day, and there’s no better time to revamp or kickstart a relationship with a mentee than now.

Benefits of Using CUPA-HR’s DataOnDemand for H-1B Prevailing Wage Determination in the Wake of the DOL’s New Ruling

by CUPA-HR

As higher education institutions consider changes to their workforce in response to the DOL’s interim final rule, they may be tasked with reexamining salaries of foreign nationals. CUPA-HR’s DataOnDemand tool can help speed up the H-1B application process when hiring foreign nationals, and also help institutions obtain a prevailing wage determination for current H-1B employees.

Potential Labor and Employment Policies Resulting From the 2020 Elections

by CUPA-HR

Regardless of who wins the 2020 elections, the higher education community can expect big changes in labor and employment policy. Which policy initiatives are pursued will depend on who occupies the White House and which party controls either (or both) chambers of Congress. To help CUPA-HR members navigate and understand the possible outcomes, we have developed two charts outlining the possibilities under a second Trump term or under a Biden administration as well as the consequences of who controls Congress.

8 Practical Ways Higher Ed HR Leaders Can Build Trust

by CUPA-HR

In their CUPA-HR virtual annual conference session, “Grabbing at Smoke, or Building Trust?,” Sheraine Gilliam-Holmes, executive director and chief HR officer at Austin Peay State University, and Donovan Johnson, compensation analyst at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a 2019-20 Wildfire participant, offered practical ways higher ed HR leaders can build trust with their teams and with stakeholders at their institutions to elevate their influence as a leader, foster a positive team environment, and increase morale and motivation.

HR and the Courts

by CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard highlights recent rulings around telework as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA, Title IX discrimination claims, liability for due-process violations, and termination of tenured schoolteachers for economic reasons.

Rising to the Occasion and Our Calling: 3 Takeaways From the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference

by CUPA-HR

Those who participated in this year’s virtual annual conference experienced powerful and inspiring messages from keynote speakers and higher ed leaders on timely topics, such as systemic racism in the higher ed workplace; how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the higher ed landscape, provided growth opportunities and strengthened bonds and trust; and much more. Here are three of our key takeaways.

Daily Microactivities Can Help Build Habits Around Diversity and Inclusion

by Jill Thompson

A common way higher ed institutions strive to enhance diversity and inclusion is by enrolling employees in training on the subject. According to Amanda Felkey, presenter for a recent CUPA-HR webinar, one evidence-based alternative to diversity and inclusion training is using commitment devices. Commitment devices not only prime our thinking for the day, they help us tap into our slow-thinking to form new habits and reprogram our intuition through exposure, enhanced familiarity and habit formation.