Since revisions to the Fair Standard Labor Act’s (FSLA) overtime rule was stopped ten days prior to going into effect on December 1, 2016, overtime has been on the minds of employers. Many HR professionals, myself included, poured over reports of employees and salaries to see who would be pushed back into the hourly (non-exempt) classification and who would remain salaried.
A Review of the Requirements for SCA & ACA
On Wednesday, March 1, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay of the applicability date (currently April 10) of the Fiduciary Rule, which would also include a delay to the Prohibited Transaction Exemptions, specifically the Best Interest Contract Exemption. The DOL has listed two comment periods: a 15-day comment period on the proposed 60-day delay and a 45-day comment period applicable to the concerns expressed in the Feb.3 Presidential Memorandum directing the DOL to review the rule.
One of the main factors that contributes to the United States being a world super power is in large part due to its economy. While in recent years the US economy has suffered major setbacks and the deterioration of many industries due to offshoring and certain product lines becoming obsolete, the broader economic landscape has been a world leader for well over a century. Economic gains for corporations, and individuals alike, are strongly linked to the financial and overall business performance. In order to realize consistent financial gains and strong business results, employee performance must align to corporate and strategic goals and initiatives. One of the most effective ways to ensure company performance is sustained and primed for growth, is to design and implement a variable pay program that links employee performance to bottom line success.
The Trillion Dollar Jackpot Lurking in HR Companies, large and small alike, are always trying to find ways to increase bottom line results and return profits to the organization, shareholders and employee base to signal healthy business operations and strong leadership. I cannot name one client of mine who is not laser focused on some form of growth or revenue strategy to either sustain or grow their footprint within a given region or industry. In fact, most of my compensation related engagements center on the design and implementation of incentive plans to motivate employees to either capture more revenue or enhance business operations in an effort to optimize business and financial results. In most cases organizations achieve better business results by expanding product offerings, cutting expenses or deepening its expertise in a particular area. I can vouch that the aforementioned measures usually do result in improved fiscal and operational results; however there is one place many decisions makers are overlooking to unlock financial gains and operational efficiencies…..you guessed it, Human Resources.
The idea of employees having an unlimited amount of paid time off (PTO) is a more complicated proposition than it sounds. There’s already a great article on our site that discusses the pros and cons of unlimited PTO plans, and this particular article focuses specifically on the suitability of unlimited PTO plans for certain organizations and types of workers.