The Higher Ed Workplace Blog

Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – April 2015


Each month, Knowledge Center content manager Patti Couger seeks out news briefs and timely resources to share on the Knowledge Center home page. Here are the topics highlighted this month:

The Latest From the NLRB on Adjuncts and Graduate Assistants
In the last few months, there has been a good bit of information in the news about unionization of adjuncts and graduate assistants. Some articles reported successful union elections by both groups; others detail recent NLRB decisions regarding the eligibility of these groups to unionize. Learn more.

More Plans Than Expected Will Hit the ACA’s Cadillac Tax Threshold
The Cadillac tax thresholds are indexed based on general inflation. However, because the cost of healthcare is expected to continue to rise significantly in the coming years and at a higher rate than general inflation, many more plans will hit the tax threshold earlier than originally anticipated when the law was drafted. Learn more.

Using Stay Interviews to Boost Retention
An effective stay interview program will garner employee engagement, assist managers in developing strategies to address concerns that contribute to high attrition rates, and promote shared responsibility between employer and employee to create a positive and productive work environment. Learn more.

Social Media Issues and Sample Policies
While the use of business-related social media on campuses has enhanced communication, led to efficiencies and contributed to the institution’s climate and branding, the individual use of social media in the workplace remains a rather largely-debated issue. A recent NLRB decision may affect your institution’s social media policy regarding employee use of e-mail. Learn more.

The Knowledge Center celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year! We thank Founding Partner TIAA-CREF and sponsors Sibson Consulting, VALIC, Kronos Incorporated and Fidelity Investments for their ongoing support of this invaluable higher ed HR resource.