HR and the Courts: Recent Rulings and Legislation

January 23, 2018 9:00 am

Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira: States Consider Sexual Harassment Remedies and Prevention Reforms to Supplement Title VII With the advent of the “me too” movement, many state legislatures... View Article

Adjuncts in Higher Ed: The Big Picture

October 3, 2017 3:08 pm

We know the faculty model in higher ed is changing, with adjuncts (part-time faculty) making up more and more of the faculty workforce in institutions across the country. But what does the big picture look like in terms of adjunct numbers, bargaining power and pay? Data from last year’s CUPA-HR faculty salary surveys tell the... View Article

The Post-Columbia Rush to Organize

October 25, 2016 12:39 pm

Following the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s August 23 decision in Columbia University, which held that student workers at private institutions are employees entitled to collective bargaining and other rights and protections under the National Labor Relations Act, colleges and universities have seen a rapid increase in union organizing efforts employing disparate approaches and increased... View Article

DOL Issues Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

October 7, 2016 11:42 am

On September 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued final regulations implementing Executive Order 13706 (EO) requiring federal contractors and subcontractors working on or in connection with covered contracts to offer their employees up to seven days of paid sick leave per year. Although DOL has made some minor revisions to the proposed rule, the... View Article

Three Ways HR Can Impact the Student Employee Experience

March 11, 2016 2:20 pm

In an effort to better prepare students to enter the working world on solid footing, colleges and universities are placing greater emphasis on experiential learning — and at many institutions, student employment is a means to this end. But in order for students to gain skills and knowledge that are transferable to the world of... View Article

NLRB Issues Long-Awaited Decision on Northwestern University Football Players

August 19, 2015 2:50 pm

On August 17, the National Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous decision dismissing a representation petition filed by a group of Northwestern University football players seeking to unionize — a landmark decision in a case which had the potential to significantly alter the makeup of college athletics. The decision comes 16 months after the Board’s regional director in Chicago, Peter... View Article

The Nuts and Bolts of a Pay-for-Performance Strategy

May 27, 2015 3:50 pm

When leadership at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) charged human resources a few years ago with creating a new strategy for rewards and recognition, there was one clear mandate — no more across-the-board pay increases. With that direction and a pool of dollars allocated to fund five years of merit increases, HR set out to... View Article

6 Ways to Cultivate Labor Peace With Adjunct Faculty

February 2, 2015 9:58 am

Nearly every higher education institution in the U.S. employs adjunct faculty; and at many colleges and universities, these off-the-tenure-track professors make up the majority of the teaching faculty. These employees are a vital part of the higher ed workforce, contributing in myriad ways to institutions’ teaching and learning goals. But with the rise in the... View Article