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Friday, November 05, 2004

CUPA-HR(College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) and the Department of Labor (DOL) on Research Assistants "The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has clarified for CUPA-HR that it will not assert that an employee/employer relationship exists between graduate research assistants and a higher education institution, consistent with the 1994 Opinion of the Wage and Hour Administrator and the current Wage and Hour Division Field Operations Handbook. DOL also further clarified that the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations, which will become effective Monday, August 23, 2004, do not apply to graduate research assistants. "The clarification comes after CUPA-HR sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao on July 27, 2004, requesting clarification of the status of graduate research assistants. (See letter here.) Today CUPA-HR sent a letter to Victoria Lipnic, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Administration, stating its understanding of DOL's position and accordingly withdrawing its July 27 letter. (See the letter here.)
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The Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions is a loose-knit coalition of labor unions in the USA and Canada that represents graduate students employed as teachers, researchers, and administrative staff.