During confirmation hearings last week, US Labor Secretary nominee Alexander Acosta said overtime rules need to be updated and that the Obama administration's salary threshold of $47,476 was too high. Acosta also questioned whether the department had the authority to increase the threshold by more than the rate of inflation.
Faculty search committees should have contingency plans if their top candidates are unavailable to take the job, writes Matt Reed, vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. Re-opening a job or another plan can reduce the cost of making a bad hire or having to form a new committee, he suggests.
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College and university leaders who are deeply knowledgeable about their institution's data can inspire confidence and unite stakeholders around a common vision, Missouri State University President Clifton Smart writes in this commentary. The best leaders will use that data to tell compelling stories that can improve enrollment, donations and strategic planning, he suggests.
Unconscious racial bias may play a role in opposition to paying college athletes, according to a study. University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher Tatishe Nteta, in this Q&A, says the perception that African-American athletes dominate college sports could play a role in white opposition to pay-for-play policies.
Colleges and universities can protect themselves from phishing attacks targeting W-2 records by alerting human resources and accounting departments and educating others on campus about the threat, security expert Stu Sjouwerman writes. Also, any received phishing emails should be reported to the IRS, he notes.
Emerging technologies present both business opportunities and cybersecurity threats as hackers gain additional avenues for their attacks, panelists said at a Senate committee hearing. Nate Fick, CEO of Endgame, dismissed concerns that machines will replace cybersecurity workers, saying, "As long as the attackers are humans, the defenders will need to be humans as well."
New: Disability Inclusion Toolkit for HERC members
HERC has partnered with the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to create the HERC Disability Inclusion Toolkit, which includes resources for effectively employing qualified people with disabilities and fostering a disability-inclusive work culture across your organization. Learn more about the toolkit and watch the webinar here.
HERC members receive discounts with top higher ed vendors
Have you checked out the HERC Higher Ed Recruitment Buyer's Guide? It is loaded with member-only discounts, partner insights and profiles, and recruitment resources. As a testimony of how significant the discounts are, some HERC members have reported saving more in discounts than the cost of annual membership.
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