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Trending Topics From the Knowledge Center – September 2015

higher-education-hr-newsEach quarter, 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 that are currently highlighted:

Changes Likely Coming to FLSA’s White Collar Exemption
The Department of Labor is considering changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime regulations, including raising the minimum salary threshold from the current $23,660 annually to $50,440. The comment period on the NPRM ended on September 4, and CUPA-HR submitted extensive comments. Learn more.

Paid Time Off
Paid time off programs have been evolving over the past few years to better accommodate the flexibilities needed by today’s workforce. Increasingly, consideration is being given to paid time off programs that consolidate different types of paid leaves (vacation, sick, personal) into one benefit. Under these programs, time off can be taken without the hassle of providing documentation as to the reason for the leave, and leave administration is simplified. Learn more.

New Rules for Unpaid Interns
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued a couple of employer-friendly rulings relating to unpaid interns. In one ruling, the court established a new standard for the “primary beneficiary” test and offered up seven factors to be considered in the classification of unpaid interns’ eligibility for overtime and minimum wage as employees (essentially rejected the DOL’s existing six-factor test). Learn more.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Essential Skills in a Box
CUPA-HR’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee recently conducted a member survey of needs to guide future DEI efforts and initiatives. When asked to identify which DEI competencies they would like to build to further support DEI efforts and lead conversations on campus, at the top of respondents’ lists were Building Group Rapport and Trust and Collaboration Skills. To facilitate this, the DEI committee has developed some exercises designed to build skills in each of these areas. Learn more.

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