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Holding Steady, Expect Salary Budgets to Rise 3.1% in 2016
U.S. employees can expect an average base salary increase of 3.1 percent in 2016, up only slightly, if at all, from the raises they received this year, a WorldatWork survey shows.

Wages Remain Stagnant with No Relief in Sight
U.S. wage growth was meager in the second quarter of 2015 across most industries and cities. Even previously hot-performing sectors such as tech saw wage growth headed down.

Overtime Rule Change Bad for Business?
Under proposed regulations, incentive payments to hourly employees must be treated as part of their “regular pay rate” for purposes of calculating overtime pay, even if the bonus is provided months after the overtime takes place. Faced with the difficult recalculation of overtime rates, employers may forgo incentive payments to nonexempt employees.

Overtime Rule Will Result in ‘Hard Choices’
Employers will face many complicated operational issues involving pay, benefits and work hours as a result of the administration’s overtime proposal—issues they should consider well in advance of a final rule.

Time to Ban Pay Negotiations?
To ensure that better pay isn’t only for better bargainers, greater transparency may be more effective than banning salary negotiations.

Proposed Overtime Rule Puts Focus on Compliance
The proposed rule to limit white-collar overtime exemptions is likely, when finalized, to add to “the explosion of class-action litigation under the wage and hour statute,” cautioned attorney Robert A. Boonin at the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference.

SEC Proposes Requiring Clawback of Executive Pay
The Securities and Exchange Commission issued a proposed rule requiring publicly traded companies to adopt policies that require executives to pay back incentive-based pay awarded erroneously.

Remote Work and the FLSA: Reduce Your Risks

In the age of 24/7 connectivity, it's vital to establish control over employees' worktime so as to reduce the risk of FLSA noncompliance.

‘Death Spiral’ for Exempt Employees Predicted
The use of white-collar exemptions will become increasingly difficult if the Department of Labor’s proposed cutoff at the 40th percentile of earnings for full-time salaried workers is in the final overtime rule.

DOL Questions About Duties Tests Raise Concerns
Along with changing the salary-level test, employers should anticipate that the DOL also will make changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s duty test for exempt employees in its final regulations.

Keep Incentive Pay Plans Simple but Challenging
The age of base pay as the most important compensation component is over, and the era of variable comp is at hand, said pay advisor Stacey R. Carroll at the 2015 SHRM Annual Conference.

 

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