Federal Agencies Issue Proposed Rule on Pay Equity and Transparency for Federal Contractors
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by CUPA-HR
6d ago
On January 30, the Department of Defense, General Services Administration, and NASA issued a proposed rule to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to create a salary history ban and require pay transparency during the hiring process for federal contractors and subcontractors. The proposed rule aligns with the Biden administration’s 2022 Executive Order, “Advancing Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness in Federal Contracting by Promoting Pay Equity and Transparency.” According to the proposed rule, the FAR would be amended to implement a government-wide policy that would: prohibit c ..read more
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HR and the Courts — February 2024
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by CUPA-HR
6d ago
Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of several labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira. Basketball Players Are Employees of Dartmouth, NLRB Concludes—Union Vote Scheduled for March 5 Student-athletes on the Dartmouth College men’s basketball team will vote March 5 on whether to join a union in an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board. The applicable NLRB regional director issued a decision on February 5, holding that the basketball players are employees ..read more
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Three Virtual Offerings to Spark Joy and Encourage Self-Care This Valentine’s Day
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by Julie Burrell
6d ago
Even though it’s not mentioned in the job description, stress management is no doubt a daily part of your life in higher ed HR. Prioritizing well-being is also at the forefront of strategies to retain and recruit talent. CUPA-HR has found that 56% of higher ed employees are at least somewhat likely to look for a new position in the coming year, and the strongest predictors of retention are factors related to job satisfaction and well-being. You know that attentiveness to mental and physical health helps you and your team thrive, but it may be difficult to find the time and budget to make well ..read more
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What HR Should Know About Tenure and Academic Freedom
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by Julie Burrell
1w ago
From an HR perspective, faculty positions can often look very different from other professional and staff roles on campus, especially when it comes to those faculty on the tenure track. But as HR’s role in academic staffing expands, it’s critical to understand tenure and its role in supporting academic freedom, says Joerg Tiede, the director of the department of research and public policy with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). In his recent CUPA-HR webinar, Tenure: Past, Present and Future, Tiede explains the nuances of tenure and academic freedom through an HR lens. H ..read more
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Department of Education Moves Forward With Title IX Final Rule
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by CUPA-HR
2w ago
On February 2, 2024, the Department of Education (ED) sent its highly anticipated Title IX final rule to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. OIRA review is the final step before the Title IX rule is published. While ED’s final rule is being reviewed, the public is not provided with any specific details on changes to the proposed rule. However, interested stakeholders can request a meeting with the administrator while a rule is under review. The Department of Education introduced a Title IX proposed rule in June 2023, under which the department propos ..read more
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DHS Announces First Phase of Final H-1B Modernization Rule
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by CUPA-HR
2w ago
On January 30, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule to implement a new beneficiary-centric selection process for H-1B registrations. This rule, which also introduces start date flexibility for certain H-1B cap-subject petitions and additional integrity measures, is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on February 2, 2024, and will become effective 30 days later. The rule does not finalize all the provisions in the H-1B Modernization Proposal from last October. Notably absent are changes to the definitions of H-1B specialty occupation, policies of ..read more
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USCIS Issues Final Immigration and Naturalization Fee Rule Effective April 1
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by CUPA-HR
2w ago
On January 31, 2024, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule to adjust certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees resulting in significantly higher fees for employment-based petitioners with notable reductions and exemptions for higher education employers. USCIS claims that the increased fees, which will apply to any benefit request postmarked on or after April 1, 2024, will “allow USCIS to recover a greater share of its operating costs and support more timely processing of new applications.” Background Unlike other government agencies that receiv ..read more
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CUPA-HR Submits Letter in Response to Paid Leave RFI
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by CUPA-HR
2w ago
On January 31, CUPA-HR submitted a letter in response to the Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Paid Leave Working Group’s Request for Information on federal paid leave policy. The letter responds to some of the 10 questions posed by the Working Group to inform them of the role the federal government can play in creating a national paid leave policy. CUPA-HR’s letter answers questions on the role of the federal government in incentivizing paid leave, the recommended framework for a federal policy, how to avoid unintended distortions resulting from a paid leave framework, and existing research ..read more
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Newly Updated CUPA-HR Data Shed Light on Trends in Representation and Pay Equity in the Higher Ed Workforce
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by Julie Burrell
1M ago
Progress in both representation and equitable pay for women and people of color remained sluggish in most roles on college and university campuses in academic year 2022-23, according to the newest data. Through several interactive graphics representing years of research, CUPA-HR highlights the progress that has been made and the disparities that persist. The data track gender and racial composition as well as pay of administrative, faculty, professional, and staff roles, collected from CUPA-HR’s signature surveys. While the representation of women and people of color across all roles has stead ..read more
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Ten Higher Ed HR Stories That Defined 2023
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by Julie Burrell
1M ago
Last year brought major changes to the higher education landscape. Turnover reached a peak, prompting more attention than ever to retention and recruitment, while looming policy changes in overtime pay and Title IX regulations further complicated long-term planning. And, though it may feel like unprecedented change is the new normal, timeless HR topics like onboarding and compensation strategy also captured readers’ attention in 2023. We’ve rounded up the CUPA-HR articles, resources and research that defined 2023 and will continue to shape your 2024. These are the most-viewed stories on our w ..read more
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