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Recent News Releases

September 2, 2014
Salary Budgets at U.S. Companies Improve Slightly to 3.0 Percent

Pay increase budgets at U.S. employers have improved slightly up to 3.0 percent in 2014 from 2.9 percent in 2013 according to the 41st annual "WorldatWork 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey." Forecasts show that the average raise in base pay for 2015 in the United States is projected to be 3.1 percent.


July 8, 2014
India, China and Brazil Lead in Planned Pay Increases
U.S. pay increase budgets continue to slowly rise

India, China and Brazil averaged the highest 2014 total salary budget increases at 10.5 percent, 8.2 percent and 7.2 percent, respectively (medians: 11.0 percent, 8.3 percent and 7.3 percent), according to preliminary data released from the "WorldatWork 2014-2015 Salary Budget Survey," now in its 41st year.


June 19, 2014
Work-Life Leaders Commend President for Hosting White House Summit on Working Families

Today leaders of WorldatWorks Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) delivered a letter to President Barack Obama in advance of Mondays White House Summit on Working Families:


June 17, 2014
Sign-On, Spot, Retention Bonus Programs Are at an All-Time High
Use of bonuses increase as organizations seek other forms of cash compensation to reward employees

Sign-on, spot and retention bonus programs are at an all-time high, according to a 2014 WorldatWork survey, "Bonus Programs and Practices."


June 5, 2014
Utah Human Resources Association Receives National Award

WorldatWork is proud to announce that the Utah-based Intermountain Compensation and Benefits Association (ICBA) is the recipient of its Local Network 2013 Local Association of the Year.


June 2, 2014
Virgin Pulse Survey Reveals Investing in Employees Well Being Drives Engagement Company Culture and Benefits Recruitment

Framingham, Mass, June 2, 2014 — In tandem with the launch of the sixth annual National Employee Wellness Month, Virgin Pulse has released the results of "The Business of Healthy Employees 2014"


May 15, 2014
WorldatWork Total Rewards Conference 2014 — May 19 - 21
More than 1,300 Total Rewards Professionals from 21 Countries Registered

Evolve: WorldatWork Total Rewards 2014 Conference & Exhibition at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center near Dallas will take an exacting look at globalization, technology, economic and governmental changes — factors impacting the ever changing business environment.


April 9, 2014
WorldatWork is Proud to Support National Retirement Planning Week

WorldatWork recognizes retirement planning as a key component of an organization's overall benefits strategy. Crafting a holistic financial plan for retirement can restore confidence and build savings for one's post-working years. To help spread this message, WorldatWork is supporting National Retirement Planning Week 2014 from April 7 – 11, a national effort to help consumers focus on financial needs in retirement.


March 19, 2014
Work-Life Practitioners and Thought Leaders Gather for 2014 AWLP Forum

Work-life experts and thought leaders from a diverse group of organizations will gather at WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) 2014 Work-Life Forum March 19-21 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Baltimore.


March 18, 2014
Unique Surveys Show Cash Incentives Prevalent Across Publicly-Traded, Privately-Held and Nonprofit Sectors

Research released today by WorldatWork, in conjunction with both Deloitte Consulting and Vivient Consulting, shows that a vast majority of organizations use and rely on incentive-based pay practices to compete for top talent, as well as to motivate and reward employees.


March 4, 2014
WorldatWork is Proud to Observe National Telework Week 2014

The recent snow storm that shut down much of the northeast is a timely reminder of how much telework helps companies, the federal government and our economy remain productive by keeping employees connected to their workplaces when they are unable to commute to an office. This is one of the many reasons WorldatWork is proud to support National Telework Week 2014 March 3-7, sponsored by Mobile Work Exchange.


March 4, 2014
Resource Sheet: WorldatWork Telework Background and Resources
WorldatWork Telework Background and Resources

WorldatWork has the following resources available for reporters covering National Telework Week 2014 (March 3 – 7).


February 11, 2014
WorldatWorks Alliance for Work-Life Progress Announces 2014 Seal of Distinction Winners
66 Organizations Recognized for Work-Life Effectiveness

WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) is proud to announce that 66 organizations have earned the Work-Life Seal of Distinction for 2014. The seal is a unique mark of excellence designed to identify organizational success in work-life effectiveness. The winners will be honored March 20 at the Work-Life Gala Awards Dinner at the AWLP Work-Life Forum in Baltimore.


January 30, 2014
WorldatWork Releases List of the 10 Most-Watched HR Videos of 2013
Trend Shows Merit Matrixes Continue to be Critical Comp Tool

WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association focused on total rewards, has released its second annual list of the top 10 videos based on its page views in 2013.


January 28, 2014
WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress Announces 2014 Innovative Excellence Award Winners

WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) is proud to announce the recipients of this year's AWLP Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award: Bon Secours Health System Inc. and TIAA-CREF.


January 22, 2014
WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress Announces 2014 Work-Life Rising Stars

WorldatWork's Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) is proud to announce Jessica Lee of Discovery Communications and Gail Henderson of John Deere & Co. have been selected as the recipients of the 2014 AWLP


January 14, 2014
WorldatWork Assists HR Professionals Hit Hard by Economy

For the fourth consecutive year, WorldatWork, a nonprofit global human resources association, is offering certification scholarships to HR professionals worldwide.


December 10, 2013
Survey Reveals Market Pricing Remains No. 1 Method for Job Evaluation

Market pricing continues to well outpace all other methods as the dominant form of job evaluation according to a report released today by WorldatWork, a nonprofit global human resources association.


December 2, 2013
HR Advocates Urge SEC to Amend CEO Pay-Ratio Reporting Requirements

WorldatWork, a nonprofit global human resources association, submitted formal comments to the Securities and Exchange Commission on the agency's proposed regulations implementing the CEO pay-ratio requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank).


October 30, 2013
WorldatWork Commends U.S. Senate for Honoring National Work & Family Month

The U.S. Senate has unanimously approved Senate resolution 276 designating October 2013 as National Work & Family Month.


Organizational News

October 14, 2013
WorldatWork Introduces New Compensation Institute

WorldatWork, a global human resources association, announced the launch of the WorldatWork Compensation Institute, a professional development framework comprised of training and new certifications that will prepare compensation professionals for more senior-level management roles.


August 5, 2013
Medifast CEO to Keynote WorldatWork 2013 Spotlight on Sales Compensation

Michael C. MacDonald, Chairman and CEO of Medifast Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Spotlight on Sales Compensation hosted by WorldatWork. Now in its fourth year, the two-day event will be held Sept. 9-11 at the Westin Chicago River North.


July 25, 2013
Reward Summit Speakers Line Up Announced — ARM Holdings Turning Point and WorldPay on Agenda for University of Cambridge Event

Leaders from ARM Holdings, Turning Point and WorldPay are just a few of the speakers confirmed for "Future Reward: Strategies for a Hyper-Competitive World," a special summit hosted by WorldatWork, The University of Cambridge and e-reward.co.uk.


July 15, 2013
Executive Compensation Immersion Program Exceeds Expectations
WorldatWork Offering Additional Educational Course to Fulfill Demand

"This program will give participants the kind of insights, experience and knowledge that would take three to five years of on-the-job training," said Brit Wittman, CCP, CECP, director of executive compensation and corporate compensation design at Intel Corp. "And they get it all in a five-week program."


July 15, 2013
WorldatWork Certification Scholarships to Convert to Calendar System
Interested HR professionals have until August 6 to apply

Human resources professionals interested in applying for a WorldatWork certification scholarship have until August 6, 2013, to submit their applications.


June 4, 2013
WorldatWork Introduces Executive Compensation Immersion Program

The continuing evolution of the executive compensation function in organizations across the United States creates an enormous need for talent.


May 14, 2013
Global Rewards Analysis: A Framework for Success

One size does not fit all when it comes to global rewards programs. Local regulations, customs, and expectations vary greatly across global regions even for the same company. Finding the right balance between global and local programs is often challenging for global rewards professionals.


May 1, 2013
WorldatWork Rolls Out Excel Sales Dashboard Family of Courses

WorldatWork has begun rolling out a series of courses to help human resources, compensation, sales, marketing and finance professionals with sales compensation analysis. Led by Dianne Auld, four practical application courses are offered under “Sales Dashboards: Using Excel for Sales Compensation Analysis.” The first two courses are now available online (as of May 1).


April 30, 2013
WorldatWork Launches Career Excellence Model for Total Rewards Professionals
Launch coincides with second annual Total Rewards Professionals Week, April 29-May 3, 2013

To help practitioners focus on the areas that truly impact their career success, WorldatWork has introduced a Career Excellence Model for Total Rewards Professionals.


April 23, 2013
WorldatWork to Celebrate Employee Wellness throughout the Month of June
Deadline to pledge support is May 7

WorldatWork is pleased to once again co-sponsor National Employee Wellness Month, an initiative designed to empower business leaders to successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles.


April 2, 2013
WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey Turns 40
Now open for participation until May 3

The “WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey,” the largest and longest-running survey of its kind, turns 40 this year.


March 1, 2013
WorldatWork to Celebrate Telework Week 2013 with Tweet Chat March 6
Guests Include USDA and Mobile Work Exchange

WorldatWork is pleased to celebrate Telework Week 2013 by hosting  a Tweet chat Wednesday, March 6 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST using #telework.


February 5, 2013
90% of Companies Use Microsoft® Excel® In Compensation Process

While many compensation professionals use point solutions and enterprise systems (e.g., Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP), by far the most popular tool for salary structure design (89%) is spreadsheet applications, according to a 2012 WorldatWork/Deloitte Consulting study.


January 28, 2013
Top 10 WorldatWork Videos for 2012

WorldatWork has released its inaugural list of the top 10 videos for 2012 on WorldatWork.org based on page views.


December 12, 2012
More Than 100 Executive Compensation Professionals Earn WorldatWork CECP

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals® announced today that more than100 human resource professionals have successfully earned the prestigious designation of Certified Executive Compensation Professional (CECP)™.


October 10, 2012
WorldatWork Selected as HR Strategic Partner for CareerBuilder 2013 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona

WorldatWork, a global human resources association, has been selected as the HR strategic partner for the CareerBuilder 2013 Top Companies to Work for in Arizona.


October 1, 2012
WorldatWork Introduces Excel Dashboard Training for Compensation Professionals

With today’s heightened focus on workforce analytics, compensation professionals need more tools for analysis and decision making. The solution: Excel dashboard functionality, which allows the presentation of high levels of compensation information in an interactive, consolidated view.


July 26, 2012
WorldatWork Scholarship Program Helps 43 HR Professionals Obtain Certification

WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals® announced today that 43 human resource professionals have successfully completed their education and certification under the WorldatWork HR certification scholarship program.


June 27, 2012
WorldatWork Launches Four New Compensation Courses

WorldatWork has introduced four new courses in compensation based on changing market needs.


June 7, 2012
WorldatWork Names Charlotte Area Compensation Council Local Association of the Year for 2011

WorldatWork has awarded its 2011 Local Association of the Year Award to the Charlotte Area Compensation Council (CACC)


Public Statements

June 23, 2014
Business Innovation Key to Improving Lives of Working Families

WorldatWork President and CEO and Executive Director of the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) Anne Ruddy issued the following statement on the White House Summit on Working Families. Ruddy is attending the Summit representing WorldatWork and AWLP:


April 4, 2014
Paycheck Fairness Act Threatens Viability of Legitimate Pay Practices

Cara Woodson Welch, WorldatWork vice president, public policy, news & publications, issued the following statement urging senators to vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199, originally introduced as S. 84) as currently drafted....


January 29, 2014
WorldatWork Statement on President's State of the Union Address

Cara Woodson Welch, WorldatWork vice president, public policy, news & publications issued the following statement in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:


September 19, 2013
WorldatWork Disappointed by SEC Vote on CEO Pay Ratio Regs

Cara Woodson Welch, Vice President, Public Policy, News & Publications at WorldatWork, a global human resources association, issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission vote today advancing the CEO pay ratio regulations stemming from the Dodd-Frank Act:


August 7, 2013
WorldatWork Asks DOL to Consider Alternatives to Lifetime Income Illustration Rule

WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association, submitted a comment letter today to the Employee Benefits Security Administration's Office of Regulations and Interpretations at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on proposed regulations governing pension benefits statements.


July 2, 2013
WorldatWork Encourages IRS to Include Wellness Incentives in Affordability Calculation for Health-Care Plans

WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association, submitted a comment letter today to the IRS on the agency’s proposed regulations dealing with the minimum value and affordability of health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA).


July 2, 2013
WorldatWork Applauds Obama Administration for Delaying Employer Mandate

Cara Woodson Welch, vice president of public policy, news & publications at WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resources association, issued the following statement in reaction to the Obama administration’s announcement that it will delay enforcement of the employer mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015:


June 24, 2013
WorldatWork Statement on Supreme Court Title VII Decisions

The Supreme Court issued two important decisions today for employers. Both cases deal with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act discrimination claims.


June 19, 2013
WorldatWork Statement on the CEO Pay Ratio Repeal Bill

Cara Woodson Welch, Vice President, Public Policy, News & Publications at WorldatWork, a global human resources association, issued the following statement on the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services bipartisan vote passing H.R. 1135, the Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act:


May 29, 2013
HHS Issues Final Rules on Employment Wellness Plans
Final Rules Reflect Concerns Raised by WorldatWork, Leave Some Questions Unanswered

Today the Obama administration issued final rules that will govern employment-based wellness plans. WorldatWork, a nonprofit global HR association, is pleased the final rules seek to ensure employers retain flexibility in designing wellness programs.


May 8, 2013
WorldatWork Statement on Working Families Flexibility Act

Cara Woodson Welch, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at WorldatWork, a global human resources association, issued the following statement on the U.S. House vote passing H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013:


March 19, 2013
WorldatWork Commends Senate HELP Committee for Holding Hearing on Retirement System

Cara Woodson Welch, Vice President of Policy and Public Affairs at WorldatWork, a global human resources association, issued the following statement on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension’s hearing entitled, Can We Do More To Keep Savings in the Retirement System:


March 18, 2013
HR Advocates Ask IRS for Flexibility in Health Care Compliance

WorldatWork submitted a comment letter today to the IRS Department of Health and Human Services on the agency's proposed regulations to govern employers shared responsibility or pay or play provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


March 13, 2013
New Survey Shows Employers' Ongoing Commitment to 401(k) Plans
401(k) plans remain a stable, trusted means for retirement planning and valuable recruitment and retention tool for employers

Even through volatile economic conditions, employers have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the 401(k) system according to a study released today by WorldatWork, a global HR association, in partnership with the American Benefits Institute.


March 11, 2013
American Benefits Council, WorldatWork to release results of employer survey on 401k plan
Media briefing conference call:

In a media briefing conference call on Wednesday, March 13, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, the American Benefits Council and WorldatWork will unveil the 2013 Trends in 401(k) Plans and Retirement Rewards study, based on the results of a recent survey of large employer plan sponsors.


February 22, 2013
WorldatWork Expert to Present at UN International Civil Service Commission Retreat

Tomorrow Jim Stoeckmann, CCP, CSCP, senior practice leader at WorldatWork, a global nonprofit human resources association, will speak at the United Nations International Civil Service Commission Retreat on compensation trends and best practices for international organizations.


February 6, 2013
FMLA Final Rule Addresses Many HR Concerns Voiced by WorldatWork

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division published a highly anticipated final rule today implementing new provisions that amended the FMLA to expand protections to military families and airline flight crews.


February 4, 2013
WorldatWork Statement on FMLA’s 20th Anniversary

Cara Woodson Welch, vice president of public policy and public affairs, at WorldatWork, a nonprofit global human resources association, issued the following statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act being signed into law:


January 25, 2013
HR Advocates to Labor Department: Flexibility is Key to Successful Wellness Programs

WorldatWork submitted a comment letter today to the Office of Health Plan Standards and Compliance Assistance, Employee Benefits Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor responding to the request for comments on Wellness Programs governed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


December 21, 2012
WorldatWork Urges HHS to Give Benefits Professionals Adequate Time to Comply with Final Regulations

WorldatWork, a nonprofit human resource association, submitted two comment letters today to the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on proposed regulations governing health-care provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).


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