While at the 2013 Total Rewards Conference, I had an opportunity to attend several sessions on health-care reform implementation. One session in particular that was delivered by members of the WorldatWork Benefits Advisory Council was a point-counterpoint discussion on "pay or play" that addressed eight organizational considerations.
Regulations are tricky. From start to finish, they cause hearburn in even the most seasoned professional. Will it be burdensome? How will the agency interpret the language of the law? How can we prepare? When will they come out?
Although the federal government has a longstanding legal framework used to calculate employee compensation levels, administrative decisions made at key points in the hiring process can still result in gender-based pay disparities. To address this issue President Obama has called on the Office of Personnel Management to facilitate a government-wide strategy focusing on how departments and agencies set employee compensation when they are hired and when they are promoted.
This week, the House passed the Working Families Flexibility Act, the Senate began mark-up on the immigration reform bill, and nominations for the Secretary of Labor and head of the EPA have been postponed.
Technical mastery is absolutely foundational to a successful career; it is necessary for designing and administering rewards programs, integrating those with business strategy, complying with legal and regulatory programs, and communicating rewards programs for maximum ROI.
With yet another recent flurry of PPACA rules, communications, and products from the agencies, it is impossible to ignore the inevitable. 2014 is coming and fast! Open enrollment for the exchanges is a mere five months away, starting October 1, and before you know it, PPACA will be off and running January 1. Well, maybe not running, but definitely stumbling forward at the least.
It's Total Rewards Conference day 2! And it's been a fascinating conference so far. (If you want the up to the minute skinny on conference events, check out WorldatWork Live!) As usual, the conference is packed with attendees who are passionate, knowledgeable, and hungry for more information and the session agenda is designed to satisfy.
This week, furloughs of FAA air traffic controllers due to sequester cuts caused flight delays on the east coast. Also, the ACA was a hot topic this week as the House Republicans delayed an ACA modification bill and multiple hearings were held on the hill about the ACA and healthcare.
Yesterday Working Mother Media held a National Forum Supporting Hourly Workers with a spotlight on health. Sessions discussed the impact lack of sleep and anxiety can have on employees and the best way for employers to address these problems for hourly workers.
The Senate took on gun control amendments, the Gang of Eight released their immigration reform bill, the Working Families Flexibility Act was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Secretary of Labor nominee Thomas Perez went through a tough hearing with the Senate HELP Committee.
There has been lots of talk lately around workplace flexibility and what individual businesses can do to tailor workplace flexibility solutions to the needs of their workforce. The House Education and Workforce Committee think they have a solution.
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