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Issue Tracker Archive

 
Issue Tracker topics are archived as developments subside and/or the focus of total rewards professionals shifts. You will find the items below as they once appeared on the active Issue Tracker page. A search our database will locate any additional items that have become available since the issue was archived.
Paycheck Fairness Act
     (archived October 2011)
Pandemic Preparation - Avian Flu
     (archived January 2007, last updated Mar. 21, 2007)
Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
     (archived October 2011)
2006 Health Care Cost Increases
     (archived June 2006)
COBRA Provisions in Stimulus Bill
     (archived October 2011)
Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
     (archived March 2006, last updated Sept. 27, 2007)
Business Continuity Planning - H1N1
     (archived September 2010)
DOL Proposed USERRA Regulations
     (archived March 2006)
U.S. Health-Care Reform
     (archived April 2010)
Pension Reform
     (archived February 2006)
Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA)
     (archived June 2009)
Hurricane Recovery / Response 2005
     (archived November 2005)
FMLA Reform
     (archived June 2009)
Gas Prices
     (archived October 2005)
Obama Presidency: Election, Transition and Administation
     (archived January 2009)
Retiree Benefits
     (archived October 2005)
Rising Gas Prices
     (archived November 2008)
Medicare Reform
     (archived July 2005)
Hurricane Recovery / Response 2008
     (archived November 2008)
OFCCP Proposal
     (archived July 2005)
New U.S. Minimum Wage
     (archived November 2007)
Stock Option Expensing
     (archived July 2005)
Proposed Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation
(archived August 2007)
Health-Care Cost Management
     (archived April 2005)
SEC Executive Compensation Disclosure
     (archived August 2007, last updated Sept. 27, 2007)
Gay Marriage
     (archived December 2004)
Pension Protection Act of 2006
     (archived March 21, 2008)
Overtime Regulations
     (archived December 2004)
2007 Health-Care Cost Increases
     (archived February 2007)
Corporate Governance & Compensation Committees
     (archived July 2004)
SEC Proposed Rule for Other Highly-Compensated Employees
     (archived February 2007)
The Shift from Options to Restricted Shares
     (archived January 2004)
   

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA)

Responding to a global financial crisis, the U.S. government pledged to help financial institutions in trouble. The assistance package includes limits and restrictions on executive compensation for those companies who seek government funding.

The U.S. Treasury announced the interim final rules/guidance on executive compensation and corporate governance standards under the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA). The new Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA), was part of a bigger package of bills that include the tax extender legislation and the Mental Health parity Act.  This law contains numerous provisions that will impact employers.

News & Resources

President Obama Unveils New Restrictions on Executive Pay for Companies Seeking Government Assistance
Newsline, Feb. 4, 2009

Chairman Waxman Requests Compensation Information from Financial Institutions
Newsline, Nov. 7, 2008

Executive Compensation in a Troubled Economy: Different Thinking for Different Times
DolmatConnell & Partners, Nov 3, 2008

Client Alert: The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, Part II: The Evolving Rules on Executive Compensation
Pearl Meyer, Oct 22, 2008

Emergency Economic Stabilization Act
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Executive Compensation Guidance under EESA
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Financial Rescue Bill Includes Mental Health Parity, Tax Provisions
Newsline, Oct. 20, 2008

Treasury Department Issues Executive Compensation Rules Under the Capital Purchase Program for U.S. Financial Institutions
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Oct. 17, 2008

Commentary: Executive Compensation and the Financial Crisis/Bailout
DolmatConnell and Partners, Oct. 17, 2008

Executive Compensation Limitation Regulations Released
Newsline, Oct. 16, 2008

House Committee Holds Hearings on Financial Crisis
Newsline, Oct. 9, 2008

Client Alert: The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 - Impact on Executive Compensation
Pearl Meyer & Partners, Oct. 8, 2008

Congress Curbs Compensation of Executives Under Financial Rescue Plan
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Oct. 6, 2008

Communication is Essential to Lead Workers Through Current Economic Crisis
Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Oct. 6, 2008

Alert: Mental Health Parity, Exec Pay Curbs, Retirement Provisions Now Law
Mercer, Oct. 3, 2008

House Passes Financial Markets Rescue Bill; President Signs Into Law; Mental Health Parity Act and Exec. Comp Restrictions Included
Newsline, Oct. 3, 2008

Senate Passes Financial Markets Rescue Bill
Newsline, Oct. 2, 2008

Financial Rescue Plan Would Provide Relief from Fannie and Freddie Losses
Grant Thornton LLP, Sept. 30, 2008

House Defeats Wall Street Bailout Legislation; Would Have Included Exec Pay Limits
Newsline, Sept. 29, 2008

Economic Rescue Package Rejected by House - contains Executive Compensation Restrictions.pdf
American Benefits Council, Sept. 29, 2008

Senate Holds Hearing on Bailout Proposal
Newsline, Sept. 23, 2008

Financial Bailout Legislation May Include Executive Compensation Restrictions
Newsline, Sept. 23, 2008

WorldatWork Executive Rewards Questionary
WorldatWork, Jun. 19, 2007

Discussion

Treasury Seeks Input on Exec Comp as Part of EESA
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Oct. 20, 2008

It's the Economy ...
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Oct. 14, 2008

Financial Rescue/Bail-0ut Bill Passes House with Exec Comp Restrictions
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Oct. 3, 2008

Senate Passes Financial Rescue/Bail-Out Bill with Exec Comp Provisions
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Oct. 2, 2008

Summary of Executive Compensation Provisions in Bail-Out Bill
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Sept. 30, 2008

As We Wait for the Next Vote in Washington ...
WorldatWork Blog, Sept. 30, 2008

Confusion and Chaos Reigns in the Last Few Days of Congressional Session
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Sept. 30, 2008

House Defeats Wall Street Bailout Legislation
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Sept. 29, 2008

Financial Bail Out Includes Limits on Executive Compensation
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Sept. 29, 2008

Should Wall St. Exec Comp Be Capped?
WorldatWork Bulletin Boards, 2008

Part III: Executive Compensation and "The Deal"
WorldatWork Blog, Sept. 26, 2008

Part II: Executive Compensation and "The Deal"
WorldatWork Blog, Sept. 25, 2008

Legislative Update
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Sept. 24, 2008

Executive Compensation in the News Again
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Sept. 23, 2008

The Bank Bailout and Executive Compensation
WorldatWork Blog, Sept. 22, 2008

 


FMLA Reform

On Nov. 17, 2008, final changes to the regulations that implement the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 were published by the Department of Labor (DOL) in the Federal Register and go into effect on Jan. 16, 2009. The revisions include clarification of existing FMLA administration concerns as well as new sections addressing military family leave provisions enacted as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 which provide additional job-protected leave rights to eligible employees providing care for covered service members with a serious injury or illness and because of qualifying exigencies arising out of the active-duty notification, order or status of a covered military member.

For additional, general information about the FMLA visit One-stop Topics.

News

Additional Provisions in the New Final FMLA Regulationsworkspan, Mar 1, 2009

Expert Explains Important Changes in Final FMLA Regs
BLR, Dec. 8, 2008

New FMLA Regulations Released
Newsline, Nov. 14, 2008

Support for FMLA Regulations from Total Rewards Profession
workspan, June 2, 2008

What's New with FMLA
workspan, May 1, 2008

Background on FMLA
workspan, May 1, 2008

Workforce Protection Subcommittee Hears FMLA Testimony
Newsline, April 14, 2008

Total Rewards Practitioners Support FMLA Regulations
Newsline, April 10, 2008

Poll Shows Strong Support for FMLA Modifications
Newsline, Mar. 7, 2008

DOL Requires New FMLA Poster, Seeks Employer Input on Rule
Newsline, Feb. 28, 2008

Major Expansion of FMLA Allows Six Month Leave to Care for Injured Servicemembers
Watson Wyatt, Feb. 2008

FMLA Hearing Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary
Newsline, Feb. 14, 2008

New FMLA Rules Proposed
Newsline, Feb. 11, 2008

Proposed Changes to FMLA Will Publish in the Federal Register on Monday, Feb. 11
Department of Labor, Feb. 8, 2008

New Law Expanding FMLA for Soldiers' Families
Newsline, Jan. 29 , 2008

New FMLA Regulations to Be Released Soon
Newsline, Jan. 25 , 2008

Congress Set to Resume Aggressive HR Policy Agenda
(Newsline, Aug. 30, 2007

DOL Issues Report on FMLA Request for Information
Hewitt Associates, July 2, 2007)

Report on FMLA Request for Information Issued by DOL Newsline, June 27, 2007

 Survey Shows Most Employers Have Problems Administering FMLA
Newsline, Mar. 19, 2006

 64 Percent of Companies Require Use of Paid Leave, WorldatWork Tells U.S. Department of Labor In Response to FMLA Information Request
Newsline, Feb. 19, 2006

 Labor Department Seeks Information on Family and Medical Leave Act
Newsline, Dec. 1, 2006

 Courts Split on FMLA Waivers
workspan, October 2005

 Senate Committee Reviews FMLA
Newsline, June 24, 2005

 New WorldatWork Survey Results: Compliance Time, Intermittent Leave Lead Employer FMLA Concerns
Press Release, June 23, 2005

 FMLA Reform Looks Doubtful in Near Term
Newsline, April 25, 2005

 FMLA Cost Employers $21 Billion in 2004
Newsline, April 20, 2005

 Employers Push for FMLA Reforms
Newsline, April 20, 2005

Resources & Discussion

New FMLA Regulations Summary Chart
WorldatWork, Dec. 16, 2008

Selected FMLA Regulations Comparison Table
National Coalition to Protect Family Leave, Dec. 01, 2008

Fact Sheet: DOL's Final Rule on FMLA
Department of Labor, Nov. 17, 2008

New FMLA Regulations Released
Public Policy Perceptions, Nov. 17, 2008

Federal Register Final Rule: Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
Deparment of Labor, Nov. 14, 2008

What Happens to Regulations in Transition?
Public Policy Perceptions, Nov. 12, 2008

FMLA Practices and Perspectives
WorldatWork Survey Brief, April 11, 2008

Comment to DOL on FMLA
WorldatWork, April 11, 2008

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Proposed Rule
Federal Register, Feb. 11, 2008

FMLA in the Spotlight
Public Policy Perceptions, April 11, 2008

WorldatWork Wants Your Feedback on FMLA Proposed Regs
Public Policy Perceptions, Mar. 6, 2008

FMLA Proposed Regulations, and Happy Valentine's Day
Public Policy Perceptions, Feb. 14, 2008

15th Anniversary of FMLA
Public Policy Perceptions, Feb. 7, 2008

The Family and Medical Leave Act: A Report on the Request for Information
Released June 27, 2007

Comment to DOL on FMLA
WorldatWork, Feb. 16, 2007

FMLA Perspectives and Practices
WorldatWork Survey Brief, April 2005

 


Obama Presidency and Total Rewards: Election, Transition and Administration

Administration Resources & Discussion
(Archived May 2009)

Presidential Appointments of Key Interest to the Total Rewards Profession
WorldatWork, regularly updated

Dear President Obama: It’s Time for Action on the Government’s Outdated Pay System
workspan, March 2009

President Obama Signs Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 - CHIPRA - Into Law
Newsline, Feb. 6, 2009

Obama's Stimulus Plan Aims To Create 3-4 Million Jobs in Two Years
Newsline, Feb. 5, 2009

President Obama Unveils New Restrictions on Executive Pay for Companies Seeking Government Assistance
Newsline, Feb. 4, 2009

Rules & Regulations: Total Rewards and the New Congress, Part I
workspan, January 2009

President Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
Newsline, Jan. 22, 2009

President-Elect Obamas Health Care Proposals
Watson Wyatt Worldwide, Jan. 22, 2009

President Barack Obama Freezes Pay for Senior White House Staff
Newsline, Jan. 22, 2009

Employers Doubt Obama Administration Will Help Lower Health Care Costs
Newsline, Jan. 14, 2009

Obama Transition Team Announces White House Task Force on Working Families
Newsline, Jan. 5, 2009

President Obama's Plan for Retirement Savings Reform - Change
Buck Consultants, Jan. 1, 2009

President Obama signs Fair Pay Act into legislation
Watson Wyatt Worldwide Jan. 1, 2009

Obama's Plan for Health Care Reform - What Does It Mean for Employers
Buck Consultants , Dec. 12, 2008

Election Resources & Discussion
(Archived January 2009)

Presidential Appointments of Key Interest to the Total Rewards Profession
WorldatWork, Regularly Updated

President-Elect Barack Obama on Total Rewards
WorldatWork, November 2008

The Politics of Total Rewards: What Can You Expect from the New Administration?
workspan, November 2008

Its' Obama...What Will an Obama Presidency Look Like for HR?
HR Executive Online, Nov. 5, 2008

Tax Policy Decisions Ahead - President-Elect Obama's Call for Change
Deloitte, November 2008

Change Has Come to America
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Nov. 5, 2008

Obama Wins U.S. Presidential Election; Total Rewards Issues Likely on Agenda
Newsline, Nov. 5, 2008

Total Rewards and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign
WorldatWork, October 2008

Transition Resources & Discussion
(Archived January 2009)

Transition Process: How It Operates
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Nov. 13, 2008

Transition Process: From Bush to Obama
WorldatWork, November 2008

Obama Announces Transition Team—and Web Site
Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2008

Post-Election Leadership Shake-Ups
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Nov. 10, 2008

Pres. Bush Appoints Presidential Transition Team
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, Oct. 29, 2008

 

 


Rising Gas Prices

Since 2002, average fuel prices in the U.S. have risen nearly three-fold. With no end in sight, employers are looking for ways to ease the burden on employees in an effort to attract and retain a qualified and productive workforce.

News & Resources

Companies Concerned They Will Need to Raise Salaries in Response to Gas Prices
Newsline, Oct. 9, 2008

Compressed Workweek Aimed at Saving Energy, Increasing Morale and Service
BLR, Sept. 30, 2008

Majority of Employers Not Helping Employees Deal With Higher Gas Prices
Newsline, Sept. 30, 2008

Ways to Attract & Retain Employees While Gas Prices are High
WorldatWork Resource, Sept. 16, 2008

Employers Take Variety of Initiatives to Alleviate Impact Gas Prices
Newsline, Aug. 27, 2008

Americans Driving to Work in Droves Despite Gas Prices With Little Help from Employers
Newsline, Aug. 21, 2008

HR Information Firms Says High Gas Prices May Cause Employers to Rethink Telecommuting and Compressed Workweeks
Newsline, Aug. 21, 2008

Employees Cutting Back Due to Gas Prices
Newsline, Aug. 12, 2008

California Businesses Rally to Minimize Effect of High Fuel Prices on Employees
Newsline, Aug. 11, 2008

Commuter Benefits Provide Relief from Financial and Environmental Costs
BLR, Aug. 11, 2008

Professionals Looking For a Job Closer to Home Due to High Gas Prices
Newsline, Aug. 6, 2008

Gas Prices Fuel Employer Interest in Telecommuting
Newsline, Aug. 4, 2008

High Gas Prices, Bad Traffic Take Toll on Employee Loyalty
Newsline, July 23, 2008

High Cost of Fuel and Air Travel Aren't the Only Factors Affecting Vacations This Summer
Newsline, July 3, 2008

IRS Raises Mileage Rates
Newsline, June 24, 2008

With Fuel Prices Rising, U.S. Companies Work Quickly to Reduce Employee Travel
Newsline, June 23, 2008

AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report

Employees Expect Help with Soaring Gas Costs
Newsline, June 19, 2008

How Much is Too Much, Study Highlights America's Gas Addiction
Newsline, June 11, 2008

Survey: Workers Altering Their Commutes Due to Rising Gas Prices
Newsline, May 29, 2008

Gas Prices to Go Higher, Suggested Solutions for Total Rewards Pros
Newsline, May 2, 2008

Higher Gas Prices Causing Many Americans to Alter Vacations
Newsline, Aug. 15, 2006

Many Employers Taking Steps to Alleviate Impact of High Gas Prices on Staff
Newsline, July 17, 2006

 Employees with long commutes are feeling the pain of soaring gas prices. Which of the following best represents the level of worry about this issue in your organization?
WorldatWork Quick Question Results, Sept. 26, 2005

 Due to higher gas prices, has your organization adjusted the mileage reimbursement amount available to employees?
WorldatWork Quick Question Results, Aug. 22, 2005

Discussion

Congress Still Fighting Over Gas Prices
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, July 29, 2008

Rising Gas Prices -- Any Government Action?
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, June 26, 2008

Gas Prices and Total Rewards
Compensation Conundrum Blog, June 19, 2008

The Down Economy, Rising Gas Prices and Their Impact on Public PolicyThe Down Economy
Public Policy Perceptions Blog, June 11, 2008

State of the Current Economy and Impact on Compensation
WorldatWork Bulletin Boards, 2008

Gas Price Benefit
WorldatWork Bulletin Boards, 2008

I'll Tell You What Happens When Gas Hits $7
The Data Mine Blog, May 5, 2008

What Happens When Gas Hits $7?
WorldatWork Blog, May 2, 2008

Gasoline, Adjustable Mortgages and Commute Times … and No Impact on Total Rewards?
WorldatWork Blog, Nov. 7, 2007

Shortened Workweek Due to Gas Prices
WorldatWork Bulletin Boards, 2006-2007

Reacting to Higher Gas Prices
WorldatWork Bulletin Boards, 2006

 


Hurricane Response/Recovery 2008

News & Articles

Thriving Texas Is Slowed by Ike
Wall Street Journal , Sept. 15, 2008

Gustav Evacuees Urged to Stay Away
cnn.com, Sept. 2, 2008

Gustav Hits U.S. Economy
cnnMoney.com, Sept. 1, 2008

Tough Talk about Crisis Management
Gallup Management Journal, Aug. 14, 2008

Majority of Small Businesses are Complacent When It Comes to Disaster Preparedness
Newsline, May 23, 2007

Ready for Disaster - Business Continuity Depends on a Total Rewards Plan
workspan, April 2007

Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Prevent Operational Headaches During Hurricane Season with Basic IT Back-Ups
Newsline, June 16, 2006

Survey: More Than 20% of Large Businesses Unprepared for Natural Disasters
Newsline, May 23, 2006

 Telework Must Be a Priority, Congressman Says
Newsline, Sept. 26, 2005

 
Resources

Preparing for a Storm: Your Guide to Readiness
eni, Sept. 3, 2008

National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service

Hurricane Awareness Resources & Information
National Hurricane Center

Storm Preparedness & Cleanup
eni, July 2008

 Effect of Disasters on Pay and Benefits Policies
A Hewitt Associates Survey 2005

 Immediate employer issues in responding to Hurricane Katrina
Mercer GRIST Report, Sept. 29, 2005

 How is your organization affected by the 2005 hurricane season aand how are you responding?
WorldatWork Quick Question, September/October 2005

 Employers' Responsibilities In the Wake of a Natural Disaster
Littler Mendelson, September 2005

 Do your employees receive disaster pay in the event of a hurricane or similar disaster?
WorldatWork Quick Question, September 2004

Supportive Solutions, Inc.
 Crisis Response Services: More Than Just an Intervention
 Guiding the On-site Manager through the Crisis Response Process
 Practical Assistance and Crisis Support Planning
 Providing an Immediate Response to a Crisis is NOT Always the Best
 Support for the Caregivers

ITAC
 Exploring Telework as a Business Continuity Strategy

U.S. Department of Labor
 Hurricane Recovery Assistance

FEMA
 Emergency Management Guide For Business & Industry
 Standard Checklist Criteria For Business Recovery

American Red Cross
 Business & Industry Preparedness Guide

IRS
 Tax Relief in Disaster Situations

New U.S. Minimum Wage

On May 25, 2007, President Bush signed legislation to increase the U.S. federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour over the next two years. The first step of the increase was effective on July 24, 2007, taking the federal minimum wage to $5.85 an hour. It will then increase to $6.55 an hour in July 2008 and $7.25 in July 2009.

This phased-in federal minimum wage increase will impact many state minimum wage regulations. Twenty-one (21) states are affected by the first increase, as they have minimum wage laws that are directly linked to the federal wage rate, or have state-specific minimum wage requirements that fall below the new federal wage rate of $5.85 an hour.

 

News

Increase in Federal Minimum Wage Will Not Reduce 45B Credit
Newsline, Sept. 6, 2007

Federal Minimum Wage Set for Increase Today
Newsline, July 24, 2007

Hike in Federal Minimum Wage Has Minimal Impact in Most States, CCH Says
Newsline, July 20, 2007

Minimum Wage Increases
Government Scene

Iraq Funding Bill Increased Minimum Wage; included PPA Technical Corrections
Newsline, May 31, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Discusses Revenue Raising Provisions in Minimum Wage Bill
American Benefits Council, Mar.14, 2007

Survey Reveals Many HR Professionals Against Raising Minimum Wage, Will Reduce Labor Hours and Raise Prices
Newsline, Mar. 7, 2007

Senate Passes its Minimum Wage Bill
Newsline, Feb. 5, 2007

Executive Compensation Under Discussion in Minimum Wage Debate
Watson Wyatt, February 2007

Resources

State Minimum Wage Laws - as of April 30, 2007
U.S. Department of Labor

History of Federal Minimum Wage Rates
U.S. Department of Labor


Proposed Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation

News and Resources

Policy Brief - House Passes Legislation Requiring Annual Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation
HR Policy Association, June 14, 2007

White House Opposes Exec Comp Bill
Newsline, Apr. 20, 2007

House of Representatives Passes Bill Allowing Shareholders to Vote on Executive Pay
Newsline, Apr. 20, 2007

House Committee Passes Bill Giving Shareholders Nonbinding Say on Officer Pay
Government Scene, Apr. 18, 2007

House of Representatives to Consider Allowing Shareholders to Vote on Executive Pay
Newsline, Apr. 18, 2007

Bill to Mandate Shareholder Advisory Vote On Executive Compensation Gathers Momentum
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Mar. 30, 2007

 

Policy Brief - Rep. Frank Introduces Legislation Requiring Annual Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation
HR Policy Association, Mar. 1, 2007

House Committee Passes Shareholder Vote on Compensation Bill
WorldatWork, Mar. 30, 2007

Statement Regarding Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation
WorldatWork, Mar. 8, 2007

House Committee on Financial Services

Activist Institutional Investors Seek Legislation Requiring Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation
HR Policy Association, Mar. 1, 2007


SEC Executive Compensation Disclosure

News

SEC Letter Spells Out Key Themes
Newsline, Aug. 30, 2007

SEC Letters on Executive Compensation Disclosure Likely to Lengthen CD&As in 2008 
Newsline, Aug. 30, 2007

SEC Staff Comment Letters on Proxy Disclosure of Executive Compensation
Frederic W. Cook & Co. Inc, Aug. 30, 2007

Executive Pay Disclosure in 2007, Part 2: How Well the Tabular Disclosure Met Investor Needs
Mercer, Aug. 27, 2007

Impact of the New SEC Disclosure Rules; Executive Pay Under the Microscope
Newsline, Apr. 11, 2007

2007 Proxy Season Expected to Reveal Many Changes
Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Apr. 4, 2007

SEC Permits Distribution of Proxy Materials via Internet Posting
workspan, April 2007

SEC Permits Distribution of Proxy Materials via Internet Posting
Newsline, Apr. 2, 2007

Specific Executive Pay Goals Often Omitted From Proxy Statements
Newsline, Mar. 28, 2007

New SEC Executive Compensation Disclosure is Significantly Less Clear and More Lengthy Than Anticipated
Newsline, Mar. 19, 2007

SEC Issues More Guidance on Exec Comp Disclosure
Newsline, Jan. 26, 2007

SEC Amends Executive Compensation Disclosure to More Closely Align with FAS 123R
Newsline, Dec. 29, 2006

New SEC Proxy Disclosure Rules Fast Approaching
Newsline, Dec. 7, 2006

SEC's New Executive Compensation Disclosure
Requirements Have Implications for Companies with
Retirement Plans

The Segal Company, Oct. 2, 2006

Companies Are Not Waiting to Alter Executive Compensation Practices
Towers Perrin, Aug. 2006

SEC Approves New Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules
Towers Perrin, Aug. 2006

SEC Adopts New Executive Pay Disclosure Rules: Time for a Fresh Start
Mercer, Aug. 7, 2006

New SEC Disclosure Rules Put Spotlight on Option Practices
Mercer, Aug. 1, 2006

The SEC's Proposed Disclosure Rules
workspan, Aug., 2006

SEC Votes to Adopt Changes to Disclosure Requirements Concerning Executive Compensation and Related Matters
Newsline, July 26, 2006

SEC to Vote on Exec Comp Disclosure Rules
Newsline, July 20, 2006

Opening the Dialogue on SEC Disclosure: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
workspan, July, 2006

SEC Proposal: New Compliance Headaches or 'It's About Time?'
workspan Perspectives, May 2006

HR Policy Association Offers SEC Recommendations for Further Clarifying Executive Compensation Disclosure
Newsline, Apr. 24, 2006

Few U.S. Companies Planning Changes to Pay Programs in Wake of New SEC Disclosure Rules
Newsline, Mar. 14, 2006

SEC Releases Its Disclosure Rules
Newsline, Jan., 30, 2006

SEC Votes to Propose Changes to Disclosure Requirements Concerning Executive Compensation and Related Matters
Press Release, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Jan. 17, 2006

SEC Issues Draft Executive Pay Regulations
Newsline, Jan. 17, 2006

SEC Chairman Looks to Revise Disclosure Rules
Capital View, workspan, Jan. 2006

SEC Considering New Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules
Newsline, Jan. 10, 2006

SEC Chair Speaks on Executive Compensation Disclosure
Newsline, Dec. 20, 2005

Institutional Investors at Odds with How U.S. Companies Determine Executive Pay Packages
Newsline, Dec. 14, 2005
Resources
Sample Proxy Disclosures
WorldatWork members have exclusive access to a sampling of reports from Equilar's new Proxy Disclosure Service.

Executive Rewards Questionary
WorldatWork

SEC Provides Interpretive Guidance on Executive Compensation Proxy Disclosure Rules
Buck Consultants, Feb. 6, 2007

SEC Releases Interpretive Guidance on New Executive Compensation Disclosure Rules
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Jan. 29, 2007

Guidance on Executive Compensation Disclosure
Securities and Exchange Commission, Jan. 24, 2007

SEC Issues Revised Rules for Disclosing Equity Compensation
Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Jan. 10, 2007

SEC Adopts Changes to Executive Compensation Proxy Disclosure Rules
Buck Consultants, Jan. 9, 2007

SEC Amends Rules on Proxy Disclosure of Equity Awards Effective for 2007 Proxy Season
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Dec. 28, 2006

SEC Executive Compensation Disclosure - Top 10 Actions to Take Now
Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Sept. 29, 2006

Overview of SEC Proxy Disclosure Rules
Presidio Pay Advisors, Sept. 2006

The SEC’s Proxy Disclosure Rules Tell Investors a Whole New Story about Executive Defined Benefit Retirement Plans
Buck Consultants, Sept. 2006

Planning For The New Proxy Disclosure Rules — Practical Guidance
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Sept. 14, 2006

SEC Exec Comp Disclosure - Top 10 Actions to Take Now
Mercer Human Resources Consulting , Sept. 9, 2006

Final Rules
Federal Register, Sept. 8, 2006

Final Rules
Securities and Exchange Commission, Aug. 11, 2006

The Final SEC Regulations: Proxy & Executive Pay Reporting
WorldatWork Webinar - Playback Available!

New SEC Rules Revise Form 8-K Disclosure
Frederic W. Cook & Co. Inc., Aug. 22, 2006

Implications of Proposed SEC Disclosure Rules and Suggested Actions to Take Now
The Segal Company, Mar. 2006

Will More Disclosure Mean Lower Pay?
Pearl Meyer & Partners, Feb. 13, 2006

SEC Proposes New Rules on Executive and Director Compensation Disclosure — Client Alert
Pearl Meyer & Partners, Feb. 13, 2006

Proposed Rules: Executive Compensation and Related Party Disclosure
Federal Register, Feb. 8, 2006

Far-Reaching SEC Proposal on Executive Compensation Disclosure Would Require Companies to Provide Substantial New Information
HR Policy Association, Feb. 7, 2006

SEC Proposes Changes to Executive Compensation Disclosures Requirements
Cynthia Stamer, Feb. 6, 2006

SEC Proposals on Executive Compensation Disclosure
Frederick W. Cook & Co., Feb. 1, 2006

SEC Proposed Rule on Executive Compensation and Related Party Disclosure
Securities and Exchange Commission, Jan. 27, 2006

Policy Brief: SEC's Proposes Comprehensive Executive Compensation Disclosure in "Plain English"
HR Policy Association, Jan. 23, 2006

SEC to Overhaul Executive Pay Disclosure — When and Where to Begin
Mercer Human Resoruces Consulting, Jan. 20, 2006

Commission Open Meeting Webcast — Proposed Revisions to the Executive Compensation and Related Party Disclosure Rules
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Jan. 17, 2006

Executive Compensation: A Guide for Investors
Designed by the Securities and Exchange Commission to help locate compensation information on company reports.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, updated Oct. 3, 2005

Executive Compensation
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, updated Oct. 3, 2005

Comments on Proposed Rule: Streamlining and Consolidation of Executive and Director Compensation Disclosure
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, updated Mar. 19, 2005

 


Pension Protection Act of 2006

News

US House Passes Pension Protection Act of 2006 Technical Corrections Bill.html
Newsline, March 21, 2008

Treasury, IRS Issue Proposed Regulations Outlining New Rules Restricting Benefits in Underfunded Pension Plans
Newsline, Aug. 29, 2007

One Year After Pension Protection Act Many Companies Still Unprepared
Newsline, Aug. 16, 2007

Shareholder Equity Impact of New Pension Fund Accounting Rules on as Dire as Predicted
Newsline, Aug. 9, 2007

Final Rules on Automatic Enrollment and Default Investments Expected In April
Government Scene, April 2007

Labor Says PPA Does Not Nullify Prior Guidance on Investment Advice
Government Scene, Mar. 9, 2007

Few Private Company CEOs are Knowledgeable about the 2006 Pension Reform
Newsline, Mar. 9, 2007

Pension Protection Act Contains "Incredible Typo", Practitioner Notes
Government Scene, February 2007

Pension Act Regulations Could Mean Significant Changes for 401(k) Sponsors
Newsline, Jan. 30, 2007

Pension Law Shifts Retirement Plan Participation Equation
Newsline, Jan. 17, 2007

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on New Distribution Provisions of the Pension Protection Act
Newsline, Jan. 12, 2007

EBSA Releases Field Assistance Bulletin on Individual Benefit Statements and Diversification Notices
Newsline, Dec. 27, 2006

DOL Relaxes PPA Diversification Notice Requirement for Certain Plans
Buck Consultants, Dec. 21, 2006

U.S. Labor Department Proposes Pension Protection Act Revisions to the Form 5500 Annual Report for 2008
Newsline, Dec. 12, 2006

Treasury, IRS Issue Notice Regarding Participants’ Diversification Rights for Employer Securities Held in Retirement Plans
Newsline, Dec. 1, 2006

Democrats Not Expected to Allow PPA Technical Corrections Bill
Newsline, Nov. 10, 2006

PPA Technical Corrections Unlikely This Year
Buck Consultants , Nov. 2, 2006

Pension Plan Sponsors Changing Investment Focus
Newsline, Nov. 2, 2006

Court Decision, Pension Reform Could Revive Cach Balance Plans
Veritude, October 2006

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 – Funding Rules for Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plans
Buck Consultants, Oct. 24, 2006

A Whole New World for Multiemployer Funds
Buck Consultants, Oct. 24, 2006

IRS Pension Protection Act Ushers in New Defined Contribution Plan Era
Buck Consultants, Oct. 13, 2006

Pension Protection Act's Impact on Total Rewards Professionals
workspan, October 2006

Most Plan Sponsors Expect New Pension Protection Act’s Impact on Contributions to Be Modest
Newsline, Oct. 11, 2006

U.S.  Labor Department Announces Proposed Rule on Default Investment Alternatives for Participant-Directed Plans
Newsline, Sept. 27, 2006

Publication Helps Employers Address Funding Provisions of Pension Protection Act of 2006
Newsline, Aug. 29, 2006

President Signs Pension Bill
Newsline, Aug. 17, 2006

Pension Protection Act of 2006 Signed Into Law
Hewitt Associates, Aug. 17, 2006

Pension Reform Bill Targets a Few Health and Welfare Benefits
Mercer, Aug. 10, 2006

Statement by Labor Secretary on Passage of Comprehensive Pension Reform
Newsline, Aug. 7, 2006

American Benefits Council: Pension Bill a 'Mixed Bag' for Employers, Employees
Newsline, Aug. 7, 2006

Senate Passes "Flawed" Pension Bill, According to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Newsline, Aug. 7, 2006

Pension Bill Poised to Become Law; Implications for Total Rewards Packages
Newsline, Aug. 4, 2006

Resources

Pension Protection Act of 2006 (Full Text)

DOL Resources Relating to Pension Protection Act
Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration

IRS Resources Relating to Pension Protection Act
Internal Revenue Service

Global Retirement Perspective - Pension Protection Act of 2006: The Dust Is Settling
Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Feb. 12, 2007

IRS Issues Grab-Bag Guidance on PPA Changes to Plan Distribution Rules Including Lump Sums
Deloitte, Jan. 16, 2007

IRS Issues Guidance on Cash Balance Plans
Buck Consultants, Jan. 15, 2007

Temporary Guidance for PPA Benefit Statements Published
Government Scene, January 2007

DOL Provides Guidance on New Pension Benefit Statement Requirements
Buck Consultants, Jan. 5, 2007

The Pension Protection Act of 2006 – Non-Funding Defined Benefit Plan Provisions
Buck Consultants, Dec. 20, 2006

DOL Issues Model Notice of Pending Election of Multiemployer Plan Status
Buck Consultants , Dec. 14, 2006

The Pension Protection Act’s Health and Welfare Provisions
Buck Consultants , Nov. 21, 2006

The Pension Protection Act - A Checklist for Action
Buck Consultants , October 2006

Summary of the Pension Protection Act of 2006
CRS Report for Congress, Oct. 23, 2006

Private Pension Plan Bulletin - Abstract of 2003 Form 5500 Annual Reports
Department of Labor, October 2006

The Pension Protection Act of 2006: Expected Impact on Retirement Plan Financing and How Employers are Likely to Respond
Towers Perrin White Paper, September 2006

Tackling the New Pension Law: Its Impact on DC Plans
WorldatWork Webinar, Playback Available

New Pension Law Clarifies Funding, Other Critical Issues for Plan Sponsors
Towers Perrin, Sepember 2006

Pension Protection Act – Impact on Governmental Plans
Buck Consultants , Sept. 8, 2006

Provisions Applicable to Defined Contribution Plans
Buck Consultants, Aug. 22, 2006

Pension Protection Act and Cooper v. IBM: Cash Balance and Pension Equity Plans
Buck Consultants, Aug. 18, 2006

Effect on Single-Employer Defined Benefit Plans
Buck Consultants, Aug. 15, 2006

Pension Protection Act of 2006: Impact on Your Retirement Programs
Aon Consulting, Aug. 7, 2006

Pension Briefing
CCH, Aug. 5, 2006

Side-by-Side Comparison of Provisions
Davis & Harmon LLP, July 31, 2006

Securing Retirement: An Overview of the Pension Protection Act of 2006
Deloitte Consulting, Aug. 3, 2006

Technical Explanation of Pension Protection Act of 2006
Joint Committee on Taxation, Aug. 3, 2006

GRIST Report: House passes broad pension bill; Senate outlook uncertain
Mercer, July 31, 2006

 


2007 Health Care Cost Increases

News & Resources

Health Benefit Cost Increases Level Off at 6.1%
Newsline, Nov. 21, 2006

Health-Care Costs Increase at the Lowest Rate in Five Years
Newsline, Nov. 17, 2006

Lowest Health Insurance Premium Increase since 1997
Newsline, Oct. 26, 2006

Most Plan Sponsors Expect New Pension Protection Act’s Impact on Contributions to Be Modest
Newsline, Oct. 11, 2006

Data Reveals Lowest U.S. Health Care Cost Increases in Eight Years
Newsline, Oct. 10, 2006

Workers Facing New Benefit Options in Open Enrollment Season
Newsline, Oct. 5, 2006

Cost of Prescription Co-Pays Continues to Increase
Newsline, Oct. 3, 2006

 

Buck Consultants Survey Indicates Slower Trend in Health-Care Costs for Employers
Newsline, Oct. 2, 2006

Health Insurance: Good News, Bad News
Newsline, Sept. 28, 2006

Employer-Sponsored Health Benefit Costs Continue to Outpace the CPI in the U.S.
Newsline, Sept. 27, 2006

Declines in Trends Predicted in 2007
Newsline, Aug. 30, 2006

Survey Foresees Lowest Health Insurance Rate Increase in 7 Years
Newsline, July 19, 2006

Despite Ongoing Double-Digit Rates, Health-Care Costs Begin to Moderate
Newsline, June 1, 2006


Pandemic Preparation - Avian Flu


Cases of the Avian influenza virus in humans have been confirmed in 12 countries. With the potential of a human pandemic on the horizon, many organizations are taking steps to ensure they have the necessary plans in place to respond should there be an impact to their business and/or employees.

Avian (Bird) Flu Status

Total Rewards Issues

AvianFluSearch by ORC Macro
Access total rewards specific information by searching for various keywords: compensation; benefits; human resources; payroll; policies; pay; employee; etc.

Avian Flu: Impact on Employee Benefits and Employment Conditions
Hewitt Associates, 2007

Survey of HR Preparedness for Flu Pandemic
ORC Worldwide, September 2006

Preparing for a Pandemic: The Total Rewards Angle
Supplemental Information
workspan, July 2006

Disaster Planning& Corporate Child Care: What CEOs Need to Do
WFC Resources, March 2006

 

Threat of Flu Pandemic Means Employers Must Geographically Distribute Workers
Newsline, June 7, 2006

Flu Pandemic - Are you Ready?
Supportive Solutions, 1st Qtr. 2006

Effect of Disasters on Pay and Benefits Policies
Hewitt Associates, 2005

Exploring Telework as a Business Continuity Strategy
International Telework Association & Council (ITAC)

WASC Telework Policy
Sample policy, Western Administrative Support Center (WASC), a department within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

International Trade Administration Telework Guide
Sample policy, International Trade Administration

Security Issues for Telecommuting
Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

 
Business Planning & Preparedness

APFluWatch.com

Interim Pre-pandemic Planning Guidance:Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the United States
Department of Health and Human Services, February 2007

Avian Flu: Background and Analysis
Hewitt Associates, 2007

More U.S. Businesses Aware of Pandemic Flu Threat; Many Don’t  Have Adequate Plans
Newsline, Dec. 18, 2006

Businesses Still Unprepared for Pandemic Threat
Newsline, Dec. 15, 2006

U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Unveils New Guidance for Protecting Employees Against Avian Flu
Newsline, Nov. 16, 2006

Avian Flu Concerns Outpace Preparedness
Newsline, Sept. 27, 2006

New Study Reveals Lack of Confidence in Disaster and Information Availability Preparedness Among U.S. Executives Surveyed
Newsline, Aug. 29, 2006

Employers Not Prepared for Avian Flu, Survey Finds
Newsline, June 15, 2006

High Anxiety But Little Action to Date on Pandemic Preparedness
Newsline, June 15, 2006

Avian Flu: Background and Potential Impact on Employers
Hewitt Associates, June, 2006

Report: Companies Need a More Global, Holistic Approach to Prepare for Potential Avian Flu Epidemic
Newsline, May 31, 2006

Avian Flu Pandemic Preparedness Survey Report
Mercer, Spring 2006

The White House - National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (NSPI)

Mercer Global Avian Flu Survey: Striking Gap Between Employer Concern, Current Pandemic Preparedness
Newsline, Apr. 27, 2006

Companies Preparing for Avian Flu Across the Globe
Watson Wyatt, Mar. 21, 2006

 

 

 

Avian Flu Preparedness
Mercer

Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Bird Flu — Are Employers Ready?
Buck Consultants, Feb. 24, 2006

Survey of Emergency Evacuation Plans and Company Responses to the Threat of an Avian Influenza Outbreak
ORC Worldwide, December 2005

Pandemic Influenza — Managing the Risks of an Invisible Threat
Aon, October 2005

Avian Flu Pandemic Preparation for Employers
Faegre & Benson

Kroll Consulting

  • A Comprehensive Approach for Assessing and Preparing for an Avian Flu Pandemic
  • Risk Alert - Avian Flu: Preparing for a Pandemic
  • New Reality of Risk Panel Discussion - Preparing for a Pandemic
  • At Risk: Business Health Could Suffer from Avian Flu

Avian Flu and Pandemic Preparedness
International SOS

Forum on Business and Influenza Pandemic Preparedness
Archived Video Webcast, Fleishman-Hillard and Trust for America's Health (TFAH)

Guidance for Protecting Workers Against Avian Flu
U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA

Avian Flu: What to Expect and How Companies Can Prepare for It
Wharton

Emergency Management Guide For Business & Industry

Standard Checklist Criteria For Business Recovery
FEMA

Business & Industry Preparedness Guide
American Red Cross


2006 Health Care Cost Increases

News and Resources

Hewitt: HMO Rate Increases Continue to Decline for Fourth Consecutive Year
Newsline, June 14, 2006

Survey: Large Employers Unaware of Rising Radiology Costs, Opportunity for Savings
Newsline, June 8, 2006

Despite Ongoing Double-Digit Rates, Health-Care Costs Begin to Moderate
Newsline, June 1, 2006

Drug Cost Increases are Slowing
Newsline, Feb. 24, 2006

Health-Care Cost Increases Slowing Down
Newsline, Feb.16, 2006

Survey: Consumer-Driven Health-Plan Cost Growth Significantly Slower Than Other Plans
Newsline, Jan. 25, 2006

HMOs Propose Lowest Rate Increases in Five Years
Newsline, Jan. 3, 2006

U.S. Companies Face Lowest Health-Care Cost Increases Since 1999
Newsline, Jan. 3, 2006

Fast-Growing Health-care Costs Could Soon Become Largest Portion of U.S. Employers' Spending on Benefits
Newsline, Dec. 1, 2005

U.S. Health Benefit Cost Growth Will Slow
Newsline, Nov. 30, 2005

Health Benefit Cost Slows for a Third Year, Rising Just 6.1% in 2005
Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Nov. 20, 2005

Study Finds Continued Increases in U.S. Prescription Drug Prices
Newsline, Nov. 4, 2005

 

 

University of Iowa Offers Generic Drugs at No Cost to Staff
Newsline, Nov. 4, 2005

Employers Look for New Ways to Manage Rx Benefit Cost
Newsline, Oct. 31, 2005

Survey Sees Slowing of Premium Increases
Newsline, Oct. 25, 2005

Health Plans Expect 8.4% Increase in Premiums for 2006
Newsline, Oct. 11, 2005

Health Insurance Premiums Rising, Outpacing Workers' Wages
Newsline, Oct. 5, 2005

Increase Projected for 2006 Health Care Costs
Newsline, Sept. 28, 2005

Health Care is Biggest Business Cost Concern, New Survey Finds
Newsline, Sept. 28, 2005

Health Care Cost Increases Are Slowing, New Survey Finds
Newsline, Sept. 26, 2005

OPM Announces Smallest Average FEHB Premium Increase in Nine Years
Newsline, Sept. 16, 2005

National Health Care Costs Ease, but Cost-Sharing Continues
Newsline, Sept. 15, 2005

Health Benefit Cost Growth to Slow in 2006 as Employers Continue Trimming
Newsline, Sept. 14, 2005

 


Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

 
2007
 
News & Resources

Limited 409A Relief Doesn’t Delay Final Rules or Deadline to Set Payment Terms
Newsline, Sept. 12, 2007

Congress Set to Resume Aggressive HR Policy Agenda
Newsline, Aug. 30, 2007

WorldatWork Comment to IRS Requesting Delay in Effective Date of Section 409A Final Regulations
Aug. 30. 2007

 

 

Joint Comment to IRS and Treasury Requesting Delay in Effective Date of Section 409A Final Regulations
Aug. 29, 2007

Full Extension of Documentation Deadline for Section 409A “Unlikely
Government Scene, Aug. 1, 2007

Treasury, IRS Issue Final Regulations on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
Newsline, Apr. 10, 2007


2005-06
 
News

Deferred Compensation: Employers Scrambling to Comply But IRS May Change 409A Guidance
Newsline, Dec. 28, 2006

Treasury Issues Notice to Extend Existing Transition Relief for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
Newsline, Oct. 12, 2006

IRS Code Unavailable Until Fall
Newsline, Mar. 28, 2006

New U.S. Treasury Guidance Released for Deferred Compensation
Newsline, Mar. 22, 2006

Nonqualified Voluntary Deferred Compensation: Through the Eyes of Your Executives
Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Feb. 3, 2006

IRS Suspends Section 409A Reporting and Withholding Requirements for 2005
Clark Consulting, Dec. 9, 2005

IRS Grants W-2 Reporting Relief for NQDC Plans
Newsline, Dec. 9, 2005

New Deferred Compensation Guidance Requires a Fresh Look at Executive Compensation
Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Nov. 22, 2005

Among Fortune 1000, NQDC Plans Remain Popular, COLI Informal Funding Continues Steady Growth
Newsline, Nov. 15, 2005

Treasury and IRS Propose Regulations on Deferred Compensation
Newsline, Sept. 29, 2005

Notice 2005-1
U.S. Treasury, January 5, 2005

 

Resources

IRS Issues Section 409A Withholding and Reporting Rules for 2005 and 2006
Buck Consultants, Dec. 14, 2006

Heads Up on Deferred Compensation Guidance
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Oct. 11, 2006

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation What Now for Deferred Compensation Plans?
Perspectives, workspan, February 2006

The New Deferred Compensation Rules: What Employers Most Need to Know
Hay Group, December 2005

Year-End Action on Deferred Compensation
Frederic W. Cook & Co. Inc., Alert Letter, Nov. 4, 2005

Summary of Proposed Treasury Regulations for 409A
Clark Consulting, Oct. 10, 2005

Heads Up on Deferred Compensation Guidance
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., Oct. 7, 2005

Action Items in Response to IRS Guidance on Deferred Compensation
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., February 28, 2005


2004
 

Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance on Deferred Compensation
Newsline, December 20, 2004

WorldatWork Comment Letter to Treasury
November 9, 2004

House, Senate Leaders Draft NQDC Corrections Bill
Newsline, November 24, 2004

President Approves Deferred Compensation Legislation - Now Awaits Treasury Regulations
Newsline, October 25, 2004

American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 Approved by Congress
Newsline, October 18, 2004

Congress Moves on International Tax Bill
Newsline, October 7, 2004

Tax Bill Will Impact Deferred Compensation Plans
Newsline, June 17, 2004

Heads-Up on Deferred Compensation Legislation
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., December 22, 2004

Jumping through Hoops - A New Era for Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
workspan, December, 2004

Provisions Affecting Deferred Compensation in the AJCA of 2004
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., December 2, 2004

Overview of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Provisions
The Benefits Group of Davis and Harman LLPC, October 11, 2004

Conference Committee Report
Title X, Section D. Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans
October 11, 2004

Deferred Compensation Legislation Summary and Action Plan
Groom Law Group, October 8, 2004

Summary Restrictions on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation
HR Policy Association, October 7, 2004


DOL Proposed USERRA Regulations

News

Two New Federal Notices Need Prompt Action in 2006
Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Jan. 19, 2006

Labor Department Issues USERRA Regulations
Newsline, Dec. 19, 2005

WorldatWork Comment Letter
Nov. 29, 2004

Military Duty: Navigating the Benefits Maze
workspan Magazine, Oct. 2004

WorldatWork Comment Letter In Progress
Member Comment Questionnaire and Summary of Issues

Resources

Vets Publish First Proposed USERRA Regulations
Newsline, Nov. 17, 2004

Proposed Regulations
U.S. Department of Labor, Sept. 20, 2004

USERRA Update: Employment-Related Rights for Called Up Military Reservists and Returning Vets
Deloitte (repurposed by BenefitsLink), Aug. 23, 2004

 


Pension Reform

News

Rep. Hopeful of Finishing Pension Bill Before Easter
Newsline, Mar 30, 2006

PBGC Premium Hike Implement
Newsline, Mar. 2, 2006

PBGC Waives Some 4010 Reporting
Newsline, Jan. 24, 2006

U. S. House Passes Pension Protection Act with Minor Changes, Conference Likely in Early 2006
Newsline, Dec.16, 2005

Senate Approves Pension Funding Legislation; Look to Conference with House Bill
Newsline, Nov. 16, 2005

U. S. House Committee to Considers Pension Reform
Newsline, Nov. 9, 2005

FASB Acts on Pension Reporting
Newsline, Nov. 10, 2005

U.S. Ways and Means Committee Approves Pension Funding Legislation with Few Amendments
Newsline, Nov. 10, 2005

 House Education and the Workforce Committee to Vote on Budget Bill; Will Contain PBGC Premium Increases
Newsline, Oct. 25, 2005

 Senate Finance, HELP Committees Reach Compromise on Pension Funding Reform Bill
Newsline, Sept. 30, 2005

 Finance, HELP Committee Leaders Agree on Pension Bill
U.S. Senate Press Release, September 27, 2005

 Senate HELP Committee Approves Pension Reform Bill
Newsline, September 13, 2005

 Senate Committee Introduces Pension Reform Measure
Newsline, July 25, 2005

House Committee Passes Pension Reform Bill
Newsline, June 30, 2005

House Committee Contemplates Pension Reform Bill
Newsline, June 30, 2005

Continued Trouble for Pensions and PBGC, Says Report
Newsline, June 3, 2005

Pension Proposal Would Hit Financially Healthy Employers Hard
Newsline, May 17, 2005

Cardin Bill Would Promote Automatic Enrollment in Defined Contribution Plans and Increase Retirement Plan Portability
HR Policy Association Brief, May 10, 2005

WorldatWork Comment Letter
April 26, 2005

Strong 2004 Year-End Equities Performance Fails to Lift Pensions
Newsline, March 11, 2005

Senator Suggests Capping Executive Compensation at Companies With Troubled Pension Plans
Newsline, March 4, 2005

Our Outdated Pension Laws Must be Reformed
workspan, March, 2005
Capital View Commentary by Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), Chairman, House Education and The Workforce Committee

DOL Proposes Rules on Notices Relating to Funding Status of Multiemployer Pension Plans
Newsline, Feb. 8, 2005

Grassley, Baucus Reintroduce NESTEG
Newsline, Feb. 2, 2005

Chao Comments on Urgency of Pension Reform Proposal
Newsline, Jan. 28, 2005

Global Pension Fund Asset Growth Outpaced by Liabilities
Newsline, Jan. 27, 2005

DOL Unveils Pension Proposal
Newsline, Jan. 11, 2005

Pension Funding Levels Improved Slightly In 2004, But Deferred Pension Costs Continue To Rise
Newsline, Jan. 11, 2005

 PBGC Proposes New Penalty Structure
WorldatWork Staff , May 10, 2004

 President Signs Pension Funding Bill
from Newsline, April 12, 2004

 PBGC Executive Director Announces Resignation
from Newsline, January 8, 2004

Seventh Circuit Rules on Pension Plans
By Jeffrey J. Kros, WorldatWork
from the October 2003 workspan

Pension Underfunding Remains Widespread, but Represents Just 4% of Corporate Assets
from Newsline, Oct. 1, 2003

Weathering the Perfect Storm of Pension Funding
By Nell Hennessy, Aon Fiduciary Counselors Inc., and Charles Clark, Aon Consulting
from the May 2003 workspan

Pension Underfunding: Is the Sky Really Falling?
By Barbara Parus
from the May 2003 workspan

Resources

PBGC to Phase In Electronic Filings in 2006
Mercer GRIST Report, Jan. 12, 2006

FASB decides on transition to new pension and retiree medical accounting and disclosures
Mercer GRIST Report, Jan. 20, 2006

FASB's Latest Pension Accounting Proposal: What It Means for Your Organization
Mercer Human Resource Consulting, December 2005

Comparison of Senate Compromise to Other Pension Reform Proposals
Mercer GRIST Report, Oct. 12, 2005

Comparison of Significant Pension Reform Proposals
ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and Deloitte Consulting LLP, Sept. 19, 2005

Basics of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)
Employee Benefit Research Institute, June 2005

Selecting and Monitoring Pension Consultants - Tips for Plan Fiduciaries
U.S. Department of Labor, May 2005


Hurricane Recovery/Response

News

Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses Can Prevent Operational Headaches During Hurricane Season with Basic IT Back-Ups
Newsline, June 16, 2006

Survey: More Than 20% of Large Businesses Unprepared for Natural Disasters
Newsline, May 23, 2006

IRS to Help Hurricane-Affected Taxpayers
Newsline, Mar. 24, 2006

U.S. DOL Recovers More Than $141,000 in Back Wages in Hurricane Clean-up
Newsline, Feb. 2, 2006

IRS Announces Additional Agreements to Assist Disaster Victims
Newsline, Jan. 6, 2006

IRS Providing Announcements on Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005
Newsline, Jan. 3, 2006

U.S. Treasury and IRS Issue Guidance to Clarify New Legislation Providing Katrina Victims Access to Their Retirement Savings
Newsline, Nov. 30, 2005

IRS and DOL Provide Relief for Hurricane Wilma Victims
Newsline, Nov. 2, 2005

U.S. Labor Department Web Site Assists Hurricane Victims Locate Employee Benefit Plan Sponsors
Newsline, Oct. 26, 2005

Hurricane Survivors Urged to be Aware of Fraud Attempts
Newsline, Oct. 21, 2005

Report Indicates Katrina and Rita Hurt U.S. Economy
Newsline, Oct. 17, 2005

Many Employees Displaced by Katrina to Stay on Payrolls Indefinitely
Newsline, Oct. 12, 2005

Deadlines for Taxpayers Affected by Hurricane Katrina Extended Until Feb. 28
Newsline, Sept. 29, 2005

New Hurricane Katrina Legislation Would Facilitate Loans and Distributions
Newsline, Sept. 27, 2005

DOL Extends Reporting Relief for Katrina-affected Areas
Newsline, Sept. 27, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Relief Bill Passes; Treasury, DOL Issue More Guidance
Newsline, Sept. 27, 2005

 Tax Relief Granted for Hurricane Rita
IRS Press Release, Sept. 26, 2005

 Telework Must Be a Priority, Congressman Says
Newsline, Sept. 26, 2005

 $12 Million Job Training Program for Katrina-affected Areas
Newsline, Sept. 26, 2005

 IRS Updates Hurricane Katrina Tax Relief Guidelines for Taxpayers in Four States, Relief Workers and Others Impacted
IRS Press Release, Sept. 21, 2005

 Exemption from SEC Filing and Proxy Delivery Requirements
SEC Exemptive Order, Sept. 15, 2005

 Retirement Plans Can Make Loans, Hardship Distributions to Katrina Victims
IRS Press Release, Sept. 15, 2005

 Katrina Relief Workers Have Until Jan. 3 to File and Pay Taxes
IRS Press Release, Sept. 14, 2005

 Labor Announces Job Bank for Workers and Employers Affected by Katrina
Newsline, Sept. 13, 2005

 Treasury, IRS Announce Relief Programs, Encourage Employees to Donate Vacation-Time Dollars to Hurricane Victims
Newsline, Sept. 9, 2005

 Katrina Victims Have Until Jan. 3 to File and Pay Taxes, IRS Says
Newsline, Sept. 9, 2005

 DOL Announces $30.8 Million to Help Four States Distribute Unemployment Insurance
Newsline, Sept. 9, 2005

 SEC Provides Alternate Contact Information for Registered Investment Advisers Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
Newsline, Sept. 9, 2005

 Treasury, IRS Announce Special Relief to Encourage Leave-Donation Programs for Victims of Hurricane Katrina
IRS Press Release, Sept. 8, 2005

 Proclamation by the President: To Suspend Subchapter IV of Chapter 31 of Title 40, United States Code, Within a Limited Geographic Area in Response to the National Emergency Caused by Hurricane Katrina
White House Press Release, Sept. 8, 2005

 Feds Suspend Employment Verification Documentation for Katrina Victims
Newsline, Sept. 8, 2005

 Minimum Funding Contribution Deadline Extended for Katrina-affected Areas
Newsline, Sept. 8, 2005

 Notice Regarding I-9 Documentation Requirements for Hiring Hurricane Victims
DHS Press Release, Sept. 7, 2005

 HIPAA Privacy and Disclosures in Emergency Situations
DHHS Bulletin, Sept. 2, 2005

 IRS Grants Relief Regarding Certain Employee Plan Contributions
IRS Press Release, Sept. 2, 2005

 IRS Expands Relief Area for Katrina Victims
IRS Press Release, Sept. 2, 2005

 IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty Due to Hurricane Katrina
IRS Press Release, Sept. 2, 2005

 Helping Employees and Their Families in Katrina's Aftermath
Newsline, Sept. 1, 2005

 IRS Creates Disaster Relief Toll-Free Number
IRS Press Release, Sept. 1, 2005

 Employers Move to Help Workers in Stricken Areas
USA Today, Aug. 31, 2005

 U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Announces $4 Million to Aid Alabama’s Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts
DOL Press Release, Aug. 31, 2005

 OSHA Offers Assistance for Hurricane Katrina Cleanup and Recovery Workers
DOL Press Release, Aug. 31, 2005

 U.S. Labor Department Extends Annual Reports Deadline After Hurricane Katrina Hits
DOL Press Release, Aug. 29, 2005
     - Mississippi
     - Louisiana
     - Alabama

Resources

Aftermath of Hurricanes — Update
Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Jan. 25, 2006

HIPAA, COBRA and Claims Deadlines Extended for Katrina Victims
GRIST Alert, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Sept. 19, 2005

 Hurricane Bill with Retirement, Pay, Technical Changes Signed by President
GRIST Report, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Dec. 22, 2005

 Effect of Disasters on Pay and Benefits Policies
A Hewitt Associates Survey 2005

 Immediate employer issues in responding to Hurricane Katrina
Mercer GRIST Report, Sept. 29, 2005

Round-Up of Legislative and Regulatory Relief For Plan Sponsors, Administrators, and Participants and Beneficiaries Affected by Hurricane Katrina
Groom Law Group, Sept. 23, 2005

Special Quick Question: Hurricane Season 2005
 How is your organization affected and how are you responding?
September - October, 2005

WorldatWork Quick Question Results
 Where does your organization stand with regard to paying employees after a disaster such as Katrina?
September 2005

 Do your employees receive disaster pay in the event of a hurricane or similar disaster?
September 2004

Supportive Solutions, Inc.
 Crisis Response Services: More Than Just an Intervention
 Guiding the On-site Manager through the Crisis Response Process
 Practical Assistance and Crisis Support Planning
 Providing an Immediate Response to a Crisis is NOT Always the Best
 Support for the Caregivers

 President signs Katrina tax relief bill
Mercer GRIST Report, Sept. 23, 2005

 HIPAA, COBRA, and claims deadlines extended for Katrina victims
Mercer GRIST Report, Sept. 19, 2005

 Hurricane Katrina: Organizational Responses by Industry
Families and Work Institute

 Employers' Responsibilities In the Wake of a Natural Disaster
Littler Mendelson, September 2005

 Grassley-Baucus Tax Relief Package for Individuals Affected by Hurricane Katrina
United States Senate Committee on Finance, Sept. 12, 2005

HR E-Alerts
 I-9 Documentation
 Health Coverage
 Form 5500 Deadline Extension

ITAC
 Exploring Telework as a Business Continuity Strategy

U.S. Department of Labor
 Hurricane Recovery Assistance

Wage Determinations On-Line
 President Suspends Davis-Bacon in Areas Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

FEMA
 Emergency Management Guide For Business & Industry
 Standard Checklist Criteria For Business Recovery

American Red Cross
 Business & Industry Preparedness Guide

IRS
 Tax Relief in Disaster Situations
 Hurricane Katrina: Information on Charitable Giving, Tax-Relief Issues

Securities and Exchange Commission
 Hurricane Katrina Regulatory Relief and Assistance


Gas Prices

News

Companies Help Employees Bear Commuting Costs
Newsline, May 19, 2006

IRS Announces 2006 Standard Mileage Rates
Newsline, Jan. 9, 2006

Gas Prices Cause Employees to Consider Alternate Commuting Options
Newsline, Sept. 29, 2005

Interest in Commuter Benefit Programs on the Rise
Newsline, Sept. 29, 2005

Gas Prices Fuel Company’s New Employee Perks
Newsline, Sept. 22, 2005

U.S. Multinationals Feeling the Pinch of Escalating Oil Prices
Newsline, Aug. 15, 2005

IRS Extends Diesel Fuel Penalty Relief Due to Hurricane Katrina
IRS, Sept. 15, 2005

IRS Increases Mileage Rate Until Dec. 31, 2005
IRS, Sept. 9, 2005

Resources

 Employees with long commutes are feeling the pain of soaring gas prices. Which of the following best represents the level of worry about this issue in your organization?
WorldatWork Quick Question Results, Sept. 26, 2005

 Due to higher gas prices, has your organization adjusted the mileage reimbursement amount available to employees?
WorldatWork Quick Question Results, Aug. 22, 2005

AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report

WASC Telework Policy
Sample policy from the Western Administrative Support Center (WASC), a department within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

International Trade Administration Telework Guide
Sample policy from the International Trade Administration

Security Issues for Telecommuting
IT considerations from the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.



Retiree Benefits

News

Gap Between Male, Female Retirement Plan Participation Closing
Newsline, Nov. 17, 2005

Automatic Enrollment Could Help Raise 401(k) Balances at Retirement
Newsline, July 28, 2004

U.S. Workers Are Cashing Out 401(k) Plans When Leaving Jobs
Newsline, July 28, 2004

Funding Post-Retirement Medical Benefits
workspan, June 2005

Rule Change on Retiree Health Benefits Delayed
Newsline, February 8, 2005


Employers Plan to Keep Retiree Drug Coverage After Medicare Drug Benefits Become Available
Newsline, January 12, 2005

Businesses and Retirees Hit with Double-Digit Increases in Retiree Health Costs in 2004; Higher Premiums Likely in Future
Newsline, December 15, 2004

Retiree Drug Coverage: New Law Impacts Employers
WorldatWork Member Chat Transcript, August 31, 2004

Most U.S. Employees May Need to Work Longer and Save More for Retirement
Newsline, June 29, 2004

Benefits and the Aging Global Population: A Look at the Practical Implications
workspan, June 2004

 


Medicare Reform

News

Medicare Reform Poses Strategic Challenges
workspan, February 2004

 

OFCCP Proposal

News & Resources

Wage Bias: The DOL Tackles Compensation Discrimination
workspan, March 2005

Systemic Pay Guidance to Avoid Wage Discrimination: Get the Facts
workspan, March 2005

WorldatWork Comment Letter
January 18, 2005

OFCCP Proposal
November 16, 2004

 

 


Stock Option Expensing

News

Seeking Comment on Equity Options Expensing
Newsline, Feb. 7, 2006

Options' Cash Settlement Possibility May Require FAS123(R) Variable Accounting
GRIST Report, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Dec. 29, 2005

SEC Accountant Warns of Inadequate Volatility Estimates
Newsline, Dec. 20, 2005

FASB Reconsiders Grant-Date Position
Newsline, September 14, 2005

ESPPs Losing Steam, Says Survey
Newsline, July 14, 2005

SEC Amends Compliance Dates for FAS 123, Stock Option Expensing
Newsline, April 15, 2005

SEC Amends Compliance Dates for FASB Statement No. 123R on Employee Stock Options
SEC Press Release 2005-57, April 14, 2005

SEC Releases Stock Option Expensing Guidance
Newsline, April 5, 2005

FASB Issues Position on Certain Stock Compensation
Newsline, April 5, 2005

SEC Releases Accounting Bulletin 107
SEC Press Release 2005-4-3, March 29, 2005

International Employee Stock Options Coalition (IESOC) Statement on SEC Accounting Bulletin
IESOC Press Release, March 29, 2005

What Does It Mean for Your Organization? FAS 123(R)
workspan, March 2005

Stock Options Bill Reintroduced in House
Newsline, February 28, 2005

U.S. Multinationals Dramatically Revising Stock Option Awards For Non-U.S. Executives
Newsline, February 28, 2005

New Paradigm In CEO Pay: Stock Option Values Plummet As Incentives Rise
Newsline, February 21, 2005

In-the-Money Value of CEO Stock Options Soared in 2004
Newsline, February 16, 2005

FASB Announces Expensing Standard
Newsline, December 17, 2004

Even Before New Accounting Rules Are Issued, Companies Plan to Modify ESPPs
Newsline, November 12, 2004

FASB Decides on Effective Date for Option Expensing
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., October 20, 2004

FASB Delays Effective Date for Stock Option Expensing Proposal
Newsline, October 14, 2004

Update on FASB’s Progress - Delay May Not Be Necessary
Newsline, September 7, 2004

10 Key Themes Surface from Equity Trend Survey
Newsline, August 23, 2004

FASB Vows to Press Forward on Expensing Issue
Newsline, August 5, 2004

Rank-and-File Employees Hit Hardest by Stock Grant Reductions
Newsline, July 26, 2004

Semiconductor Companies Reduced Annual Stock Option Grants by 35%
Newsline, July 26, 2004

House Overwhelmingly Passes Measure to Block FASB
Newsline, July 20, 2004

House Committee Hears Sides in Option Expensing Issue
Newsline, July 9, 2004

FASB: Option Expensing Delay Possible
Newsline, July 1, 2004

Looking Through a Crystal Ball to Develop SFAS 123 Assumptions
By Anil Agarwal, Hewitt Associates LLC
WorldatWork Journal
, Second Quarter 2004

 The FASB Has (Finally) Spoken
workspan, July 2004

WorldatWork Participates in FASB Roundtable Discussion
WorldatWork Summary, June 24, 2004

Stock Option Expensing Bill Passes House Committee
Newsline, June 17, 2004

WorldatWork Selected to Participate at FASB Roundtable
Newsline, June 10, 2004

Senate Subcommittee Takes Aim at FASB
Newsline, May 20, 2004

 Get Out of Gluttony: Offering Shareholders a More Balanced Equity Diet
By Doug Sayed, CCP, SPHR, Applied HR Strategies Inc.
workspan, April 2004

 Stock Option Expensing Proposal Draws Different Comments in Congress
Government Scene, Congress, April 2004

FASB Publishes Proposal on Equity-Based Compensation to Improve Accounting and Provide Greater Transparency for Investors
FASB News Release, March 31, 2004

Resources

FASB Will Consider a Probability Approach to Options Cashout Rule
Mercer GRIST Report , Jan. 11, 2006

FASB Staff Proposes Relief from Grant Date Communication Requirement for Stock Compensation
GRIST Alert, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Sept.14, 2005

Comment Letter on Definition of “Grant Date” Under FAS 123R
HR Policy Association, Sept. 13, 2005

Summary of FASB Statement 123R Share-Based Payment
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., April 29, 2005

SEC Delays Effective Date for Statement 123R
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., April 15, 2005

SEC Staff Releases Guidance on Option Valuation Under Statement 123(R)
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., April 4, 2005

FAS 123(R) Requires Acceleration of Equity Compensation Cost for Retirement-Eligible Employees
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., March 9, 2005

FASB Issues Final Statement on Accounting for Share-Based Payment
Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc., December 20, 2004

Financial Accounting Standards Board
The Standard
FAQs
Project Updates

Stock Option Accounting Reform Act H.R. 3574
Click above and search for "hr3574"

WorldatWork Member Survey and Comment to FASB
July, 2004

Regulatory Update, Frederic W. Cook & Co.
August 12, 2004

WorldatWork Comment on Exposure Draft
June 29, 2004


Prior to March 31, 2004
News

Who Moved My Options?
By Stephane Lebeau and Robert Todd, Akamai Technologies, Inc.
WorldatWork Journal, 1st Quarter 2004

Restricted Stock: The Options to Options?
By Donna Stettler, Deloitte
WorldatWork Journal, 1st Quarter 2004

The Future of Stock Options
By Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones, Sibson Consulting
WorldatWork Journal, 1st Quarter 2004

 Stock Option Expensing: A Special Q&A on the FASB Project
Edited by Barbara Parus
workspan, December 2003

 IASB Agrees to Two Key Features of U.S. Approach on Stock Options
Newsline, November 7, 2003

 Stock Option Accounting in Perspective
WorldatWork member perspective
workspan, October 2003

 Don't Expense Stock Options, Survey Says
WorldatWork Press Release, August 2003

 Stock Option Expensing Is Coming, But Will It Matter?
By Corey Rosen, NCEO
workspan, July 2003

 Capital View - IASB, FASB Release Draft Option Expensing Rules
workspan, January 2003

Resources

State of Employee Stock Options
WorldatWork Survey Brief, August 2003

 Stock Option Expensing
WorldatWork Survey Brief, July 2003

 Stock Option Expensing chat - Paulin/Whittlesey
WorldatWork Member Chat Transcript, August 2002


Health-Care Cost Management

News
 

Premium Increases

Low Health Literacy: A Silent Epidemic
Newsline, Oct. 17, 2005

Companies Turning to Innovative Approaches to Contain Ever-Rising Medical Costs
Newsline, March 4, 2005

Employers Challenged by Gap Between Consumer Perceptions and Reality on Health Issues
Newsline, March 2, 2005

Majority of U.S. Workers Greatly Underestimate How Much Their Employer Contributes to Their Medical Insurance
Newsline, March 1, 2005

Health-Care Spending in the U.S. Slows for the First Time in Seven Years
Newsline, Feb. 2, 2005

Employers Generous with Benefits Despite Rising Costs
Newsline, Jan. 27, 2005

Employers Seeking to Attack Root Causes of Health-Care Cost Inflation
Newsline, Jan. 10, 2005

Health-Care Spending Growth Slowdown Stalls in First Half of 2004
Newsline, Dec. 2, 2004

Health Benefit Cost Rises 7.5% in 2004, Lowest Increase in Five Years
Newsline, Nov. 22, 2004

Employer Health-Care Costs Expected to Rise 8% in 2005
Newsline, Nov. 19, 2004

Double-Digit Increase in Employer Health-Care Costs Expected Soon
Newsline, Oct. 27, 2004

Higher Health-Care Costs Mean Decrease in Salaries and Hiring
Newsline, Oct. 11, 2004

8% Increase in Employer-Sponsored Health Care Costs Projected for 2005
Newsline, Oct. 7, 2004



Health-Care Cost Increases Are Slowing
Newsline, Sept. 29, 2004

Health-Care Premium Costs Lower, But Still Significant
Newsline, Sept. 24, 2004

Lower Health Plan Trend Rates Expected in 2005
Newsline, Sept. 14, 2004

Medical Premiums Continue Double-Digit Rise for Fifth Consecutive Year
Newsline , Aug. 16, 2004

Controlling Health-Care Costs through Administrative Efficiencies: Little Pain, Much Gain
workspan, May 2004

Group Medical Premiums Continue to Rise, Employers Search for Cost-Control Options
Newsline, Nov. 13, 2003

Health Plans Expect 12.8% Increase in Premiums for 2004, 10.7% After Buy-Downs
Newsline, October 24, 2003

Employers Face Health-Care Cost Increases
Newsline, October 9, 2003

 


Gay Marriage

News
Resources & Tools

 50-State Rundown on Gay Marriage Laws
November 4, 2004

 Gay Marriage in the Workplace
August 30, 2004

 One-Quarter of Companies Prepared to Handle Employee Inquiries on Gay Marriage Benefits
Newsline, August 20, 2004

 Summary of Recent Congressional Action on Gay Marriage
July 30, 2004

 Same Sex Marriage: Benefits Design, Policy and Administration
workspan, July 2004

 More Companies Adopt Gay-Friendly Policies
Newsline, August 26, 2003

 State-by-State Listing of Marriage Laws
August 30, 2004

 IRS FAQ’s on Cafeteria Plans

 Facts from EBRI - Domestic Partner Benefits
February, 2000

 White Paper
2000


Overtime Regulations

News
Resources & Tools

Labor Department Releases Opinion Letters on Administrative Exemption
Newsline, Nov. 16, 2005

Committee Rejects Impediments to Overtime Rules
Newsline, October 7, 2004

White House Warns Congress on Overtime Rules
Newsline, October 7, 2004

More Workers to Receive Overtime Under New DOL Rules, Survey Finds
Newsline, September 27, 2004

News Analysis: Congress Contemplates New OT Rules
Newsline, September 27, 2004

DOL Issues Statement on Overtime Security Rules Being in Effect
Newsline, September 14, 2004

House Votes to Block New Overtime Rules
Newsline, September 9, 2004

White House Criticizes Amendment to Block Enforcement of Overtime Regulations
Newsline, September 9, 2004

White Collar OT Rules Effective Aug. 23rd
Newsline, August 18, 2004

30% of Companies Say Their Workforces Will Be Unaffected by FairPay Rules
Newsline, August 9, 2004

Many Companies Not Ready for New FLSA Regulations
Newsline, June 29, 2004

DOL Officials Travel to Provide Compliance Assistance on New Overtime Rules
Newsline, June 17, 2004

Overtime Overhauled (PDF)
workspan Magazine, June, 2004

House Turns Down Measure to Block OT Rules
Newsline, May 20, 2004

Senate Panel Explores Changes in Overtime Rules
Newsline, May 5, 2004

DOL Finalizes White-Collar Overtime Regulations
WorldatWork News Analysis, April 29, 2004

Overtime Regulations Published in Federal Register
Newsline, April 23, 2004

“Workers Win” with Labor Department’s New Overtime Rules
DOL Press Release, April 20, 2004

Illinois Opts Out of Proposed Federal Overtime Changes
from BNA, April 1, 2004

items prior to April 20,2004

FLSA Compliance Library
Helms & Greene LLC

Survey on Overtime and Exemption Changes
WorldatWork Survey Brief, August, 2004

FLSA Implementation Toolkit
July 19, 2004

Safe Harbor for Improper Pay Deductions
 

Tips for Creating a Policy

Example Policy


Department of Labor
 

FairPay Home

Model Safe Harbor Policy

Side-by-Side Comparison of Tests

FAQs

Exemption Tests in Practice
Seminar, beginning September 23, 2004

Federal Register (April 23, 2004)
 

Overview, Background, and Summary of Major Comments
(Federal Register, pages 22122-22197)

Estimated Impact
(Federal Register, pages 22198-22259)

Regulations
(Federal Register, pages 22260-22274)

Summary of 541 Regulations (PDF)
April 27, 2004

Side-by-side Comparison of Exemption Tests (PDF)
Updated August 23, 2004

White Paper (PDF)
Updated April 23, 2004

Frequently Asked Questions
April 30, 2004

Historical Timeline (PDF)
Updated August 23, 2004


Corporate Governance & Compensation Committees

News
 

Corporate Governance Perceived as Top Factor Impacting Investment Performance in U.S.
Newsline, Jan. 23, 2006

SEC Chair Speaks on Executive Compensation Disclosure
Newsline, Dec. 20, 2005

Compensation Committees Must Examine Company Relations
Newsline, Dec. 20, 2005

Most Large Companies See Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance as Part of Broader Corporate Governance Initiative
Newsline, July 13, 2004

67% of Companies Taking Short-Term Approach to Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance
Newsline, July 13, 2004

Shifts in Exec Comp: Firms Improve Pay, Performance Alignment
Newsline, April 12, 2004

Outside Director Pay and Practices
WorldatWork and Towers Perrin
WorldatWork Survey Brief, March 2004

Sarbanes-Oxley: Bane or Boon?
By Rodney K. Platt, WorldatWork
workspan, March 2003

New Study Reveals Significant Increases in U.S. Director Pay
Newsline, March 10, 2004

Fewer Corporate Boards in Europe than U.S. Increased Corporate Governance Efforts
Newsline, February 9, 2004

 2004 Corporate Governance Policy Updates
Newsline, January 12, 2004

 NACD Releases Blue Ribbon Report from Frederick W. Cook & Co
Newsline, January 7, 2004

SEC update - NYSE Issues FAQs on Shareholder Approval of Equity Compensation Plans
January 5, 2004

What's Next for the Compensation Committee?
By Blair Jones, David Leach and Jesse Purewal, Sibson Consulting
WorldatWork Journal, 4th Quarter 2003

The Role of Director Compensation
By Judy Canavan, Sibson Consulting
workspan, December 2003

Economists Roundtable Urges Executive Pay Reform
Newsline, November 25, 2003

Resources

 


The Shift from Options to Restricted Shares

News
 

 The Microsoft Equity Shift
From September 2003 workspan

 The Microsoft Ripple Effect: Is It Your Time for an Equity Overhaul?
By Richard N. Ericson, Towers Perrin, from the September 2003 workspan

 Restricted Stock: Is It the New Long-term Incentive?
By Barbara Parus, WorldatWork, from the September 2003 workspan

 If Not Stock Options, Then What?
By Blair Jones, Sibson Consulting, Martin Staubus, Beyster Institute for Entrepreneurial Employee Ownership, and Daniel N. Janich, Janich Law Group, from the September 2003 workspan


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