Public Policy Update: How President Trump and Congress Are Addressing Workplace Issues


President Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress are well into their first year in office. How has this changed the discussion and action around total rewards public policy issues? What should you as a practitioner focus on? And which headlines are just noise?

Join Melissa Sharp Murdock, Esq., WorldatWork director of external affairs, and John Richter, WorldatWork public policy manager, as they delve into the state of policy surrounding compensation, benefits and work-life issues. They will cover:

  • The Trump administration's Department of Labor overtime regulations strategy
  • The status of health-care repeal-and-replace efforts
  • Paid-leave initiatives at the federal level
  • Pay-equity legislation
  • The future of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, specifically the executive compensation provisions
  • Other pressing total rewards issues.

You will walk away with a strong sense of the legislative issues that are likely to move in this Congress, and the regulatory priorities the Trump administration is pursuing. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from your advocates in Washington, D.C., and ask questions about the issues that are important to your organization.

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John Richter

Public Policy Manager | WorldatWork

John Richter is a public policy manager at WorldatWork in the Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining WorldatWork, Richter gained political and policy experience through political campaigns and his positions on Capitol Hill. He spent five and a half years working in the U.S. Senate for Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (Pa.) and more than two years in the U.S. House of Representatives working for Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.). Richter has an M.P.A. from Pennsylvania State University as well as a B.A. in history and a B.A. in political science from Pennsylvania State University.

Melissa Sharp Murdock Esq.

Director, External Affairs | WorldatWork

Melissa Sharp Murdock, Esq., is the director of external affairs for WorldatWork and is responsible for overseeing WorldatWork's strategic visibility initiatives, public policy advocacy efforts, coalition partnerships and media relations strategies. Working with the public policy team, practice leaders and association leadership, her team sets WorldatWork's legislative and regulatory position priorities aimed at influencing regulations and legislation that could affect total rewards and HR professionals in the United States. A member of the Washington, D.C., Bar and the New York Bar, Murdock has more than 12 years of experience advocating for employers in Washington, D.C. Before joining WorldatWork, Murdock worked at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in its media department and advanced NFIB's advocacy efforts on health-care reform, taxes, labor issues, legal reform and economic issues. She has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ABC News, The Hill, Politico and various other publications. Prior to joining NFIB, Murdock served as Commissioner Russell Redenbaugh's Special Assistant on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights where she gained experience working with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and congressional oversight committees.

Melissa Sharp Murdock

Public Policy Expert | WorldatWork

Melissa Sharp Murdock, will break down the details of the proposed rule and outline the anticipated timeline for the proposed rules to take effect. She’ll also gather information from attendees to include in WorldatWork’s formal comment letter to the Department of Labor in response to the proposed rules. Don’t miss your chance to influence how WorldatWork represents the profession to the Department of Labor.

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