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Public Policy

Policy & Public Affairs

WorldatWork is the independent, non-partisan authority on topics related to total rewards. The WorldatWork public policy team is responsible for anticipating and addressing regulations and legislation that could affect total rewards and HR professionals. WorldatWork provides official comments, information, data and resources on total rewards to public policy makers in order to help educate, inform and improve public policy impacting total rewards.

Public Policy media contact: Melissa Sharp Murdock, 202-315-5565

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Official Letters and Comments

Comment Letter: HR 5311 Corporate Governance Reform and Transparency Act
Jul 8, 2016
Comment Letter: Letter to U.S. House Committee - DOL's Overtime Rule, Small Employers, and Their Employees
Jun 22, 2016
Comment Letter: U.S. House Committee Hearing on Administration's Overtime Rule
Jun 9, 2016
Comment Letter: U.S. Senate Committee Hearing on Examining the Administration's Overtime Rule
May 11, 2016
Comment Letter: EEOC Revision of the Employer Information Report (EEO-1)
Apr 4, 2016
Comment Letter: Letter to U.S. Senate Committee - S 2707, Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act
Mar 24, 2016
Comment Letter: Letter to U.S. House Committee - HR 4773, Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act
Mar 24, 2016
Comment Letter: EEOC Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
Jan 28, 2016
Comment Letter: Listing Standards for Recovery of Erroneously Awarded Compensation (Clawbacks)
Sep 14, 2015
Comment Letter: DOL FLSA Overtime Regulation, Defining and Delimiting Exemptions
Sep 4, 2015
Comment Letter: Letter to U.S. Senate - S 1722, Salary Collection Regulatory Relief Act
Aug 4, 2015
Comment Letter: House Subcommittee Hearing on Examining the Costs and Consequences of Overtime Proposal
Jul 23, 2015
Comment Letter: SEC Proposed Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules
Jul 6, 2015
Comment Letter: SEC Pay vs. Performance Rulemaking
Jul 6, 2015
Comment Letter: Amendments to Regulations Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Jun 19, 2015
Comment Letter: Opposing Sec. 913 Amd in S.1269, SOC Codes Requirement
Jun 16, 2015
Comment Letter: Letter to U.S. House Committee - HR 414, Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act
Jun 11, 2015
Comment Letter: Letter to U.S. House Committee - HR 1189, Preserving Employee Wellness Program Act
Apr 1, 2015
Comment Letter: Government Contractors Requirement to Report Summary Data on Employee Compensation
Jan 5, 2015
Comment Letter: Paycheck Fairness Act Senate letter Sept final
Sep 10, 2014
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Issue Summaries

Public Policy Issue Summary - Final SEC Rules on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure
Oct 1, 2015
Public Policy Issue Summary - 90-Day Waiting Period Limitation
May 20, 2014
Public Policy Issue Summary - Final Regulations on Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans
Jun 21, 2013
Public Policy Issue Summary - Final FMLA Rules on Qualifying Exigency Leave, Military Caregiver Leave and Airline Flight Crews
Mar 6, 2013
Public Policy Issue Summary - Clarification of the Definition of Adult 'Son or Daughter' Under FMLA
Feb 15, 2013
Public Policy Issue Summary - The American Taxpayer Relief Act
Feb 15, 2013
Public Policy Issue Summary - Pension Funding Stabilization and PBGC Increases
Sep 11, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - 2012 U.S. Supreme Court Decision on PPACA
Jul 3, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - Employer Provisions of Health-Care Reform Law
Jul 3, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Company
Jun 27, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - Paycheck Fairness Act
Jun 27, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - H.R. 1062, Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act
Jun 27, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - Final Rule on Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary
Apr 24, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - 408(b)(2) Fee Disclosure Regulations
Apr 24, 2012
Public Policy Issue Summary - Cigna v. Amara: U.S. Supreme Court ERISA Disclosure Decision
Oct 21, 2011
Public Policy issue Summary - Burdensome Data Collection Relief Act
Apr 26, 2011
Public Policy Issue Summary - Informational Reporting to Employees of the Cost of Group Health Insurance Coverage
Apr 11, 2011
Public Policy Issue Summary - Shareholder Approval of Executive Compensation and Golden Parachute Compensation
Mar 29, 2011
Public Policy Issue Summary - Impact of the Tax Relief Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 on Total Rewards Professionals
Feb 7, 2011
Public Policy Issue Summary - RFI on Reasonable Break Time for Nursing Mothers
Jan 25, 2011
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FLSA Overtime Regulations Update

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor released the final rules updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

The final rule:

  • Raises the standard salary level threshold from $455/week to $913/week or $47,476 per year
  • Raises the threshold for Highly Compensated Employee (HCE) from $100,000 per year to $134,004
  • Establishes automatic updates for both the standard and HCE salary thresholds to occur every three years starting in 2020
  • Makes no changes to the duties tests

These Web resources can help total rewards professionals stay up-to-date on all activity surrounding the rules and prepare their organizations for the expected changes.

WorldatWork Resources

Links

Gov't Affairs News Byte: Overtime Issue Shifts to Capitol Hill for Relief
(May 23, 2016)
WorldatWork and others begin to recruit more lawmakers to support legislation reviewing DOL's new overtime rules.
Gov't Affairs News Byte: U.S. Labor Department Releases Final Overtime Rules
(May 18, 2016)
The new overtime rules are out, with a six-month compliance period ending Dec. 1, 2016
Gov't Affairs News Byte: TR Experts Meet with White House Officials, Urge Withdrawal of Proposed Overtime Rule
(Apr. 18, 2016)
WorldatWork compensation experts explain the real-world effects of the proposed regulations to White House regulatory staff.
WorldatWork Official Comment Letter Submitted to U.S. Department of Labor on Proposed FLSA Overtime Changes
(Sept. 4, 2015)
Workplace flexibility options for nation's employees may be hurt, writes WorldatWork
Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity
(Fall 2014)
This coalition of associations, businesses and others employers believes that everyone is best served with a system that promotes maximum flexibility in structuring employee hours.

Infographics

FLSA Overtime Rule Changes
Infographic: Tying Salary Test To 40th Percentile Quickly Erodes Exempt Employee Numbers

(June 2016)
Because of the new USDOL overtime rules, the number of exempt employees in the U.S. workforce will be severely reduced starting in 2020.
FLSA Overtime Rule Changes
Infographic: How will your organization address the new FLSA overtime regulation?

(May 2016)
With the new overtime rule, organizations have some major decisions to make about their labor costs and employees.

 

Video

Final Rule on FLSA Overtime Regulations
Final Rule on FLSA Overtime Regulations: What TR Practitioners Need to Know

(May 2016)
Kerry Chou, CCP, WorldatWork senior practice leader on compensation, discusses the next steps for compliance.

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: FLSA Overtime Rule Changes
Fact Sheet: FLSA Overtime Rule Changes

(June 2016)
The final rule on FLSA overtime changes raised the salary threshold level to $47,476 and will be updated every three years. Find out more about the DOL's new overtime requirements and Dec. 1, 2016, compliance deadline.

U.S. Dept. of Labor Resources

Links

USDOL Wage & Hour Division — Final Rule: Overtime
The department's central webpage containing fact sheets, FAQs, guidance, and other information about the new rule.
USDOL Featured Topic: Overtime
A quick summary of the rule's changes, with links to other government overtime information resources.
USDOL Overview and Summary of Overtime Final Rule
The department's 3-pg. PDF summary of the rule's requirements.
White House Press Office: Fact Sheet on USDOL Overtime Rule
A short release by President Obama on his administration's goals for this drastic change to the nation's overtime regulations.

40 Percent Excise Tax on Employer-Sponsored Health Care Plans ("Cadillac Tax")

On December 18, 2015, Congress passed and the President signed a two-year delay of the 40 percent excise tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health plans, also known as the "Cadillac Tax." This delay was part of a year-end government funding package and changes the effective date from 2018 to 2020. While the tax was originally non-tax deductible, the December 2015 changes make it tax deductible for employers who pay it.

These Web resources can help total rewards professionals stay up-to-date on all activity surrounding the 40% excise tax, its effect on employers, and WorldatWork's efforts to delay and repeal the tax.

WorldatWork Resources

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet:  Repeal of 40% Excise Tax on Health Care Plans
Fact Sheet: Repeal of 40% Excise Tax on Health Care Plans

Several bills in Congress would repeal the 40% excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health-care plans that will still threaten over the next several years even more health-care coverage.

U.S. Government Resources

Links

DOL Final Rule (Public Inspection Version): Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees
A PDF rough copy of the final rule, 508 pages. The Federal Register will publish its formal version on May 23, 2016.
USDOL Wage & Hour Division €" Final Rule: Overtime
The department's central webpage containing fact sheets, FAQs, guidance, and other information about the new rule.
USDOL Featured Topic: Overtime
A quick summary of the rule's changes, with links to other government overtime information resources.

U.S. Total Rewards Public Policy Links & Resources

President Obama on Total Rewards:

Since he took office in 2009, President Barack H. Obama and his Administration has amassed a record on total rewards issues.

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