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The 3-Percent Solution
Recent surveys report that U.S. employer base pay, while on the upswing, is still slowed by weak economic growth. But employers are shifting focus to bonuses, more frequent pay adjustments, variable pay and increased differentiation based on performance.
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Workplace Abuse's Ugly Truth
In what's described as a first-of-a-kind study, researchers find that unattractive workers are more likely be the target of cruel behavior by co-workers.
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Loosening the PTO Rules
Although the idea of allowing employees more control over their paid-time-off has been around for years, only a handful of companies are actually letting their workers buy, sell and trade vacation time.
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Paying It Forward?
While payroll debit cards certainly aren't new, they're quickly growing in popularity among employers and receiving attention from the courts. Critics say such payments often involve hefty fees for employees.
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Strengthening the Pay-for-Performance Link
A recent survey finds more companies using total shareholder return as a key metric to assess the link between pay and performance. While this approach has its benefits, HR leaders have a number of factors to consider before making TSR a significant component of long-term performance plans, experts say.
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A New Target for Global Total Rewards
There is a growing movement to consider compensation, benefits, equity and other perquisites in aggregate as part of the overall employee total-rewards package. In conjunction with this, companies are looking to align these newly defined total-rewards philosophies with the broader employee value proposition and overall business objectives.
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Are Counter-Offers Counterintuitive?
It's difficult to let good talent go, but experts agree that counter-offers are not usually the answer to a bombshell resignation. The experience should instead serve as a lesson for employers that value their best producers.
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The Trouble with CEO Peer-Pay Benchmarking
One negative effect of using peer pay to determine a CEO's compensation can be that company morale is affected if employees view executive pay as being grossly out of proportion with their own, researchers report.
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Casting a Wider Net
Legal experts weigh in on the best ways for contractors to get through compliance audits without sparking an investigation, following the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' move to revise its guidance for compensation discrimination.
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Deferred Comp on the Uptick
Will recent changes to federal tax laws encourage more high-earning executives to participate in non-qualified voluntary deferred compensation plans?
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Testing the Limits on PTO
Unlimited paid time-off policies are attracting some passionate supporters, though experts advise employers making the move to tread carefully.
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Can You Put That in Writing?
Survey results find 67 percent of organizations have a formal, written compensation philosophy, and experts say putting these policies 'on paper' can increase the chances that such programs will be administered fairly and consistently.
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Gender Pay Gap: Whose Decisions Dig the Divide?
A new study finds that much of the gap in pay inequities between men and women can be traced back to their own choices about careers and job choices. Still, HR professionals can play a role in helping to overcome long-standing misconceptions about gender-based roles.
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The Trouble with Benchmarks
Thanks to peer-group comparisons, C-suite pay levels are rising exponentially. But are they really that effective in correctly determining the proper levels of executive compensation?
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Retention Surveys Reveal Gaps
A new survey says base-pay increases continue to have the biggest impact on employee engagement and retention, but experts say employers need to pay careful attention to which employment practices matter most for engagement within their organizations, which often vary by industry and by company.
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Severance Packages Can Lead to Discrimination Suits
Laid-off employees who reject a severance offer can nevertheless sue the employer for discrimination if they believe the package was less attractive than that of their colleagues because of discriminatory reasons.
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Diving Deeper Into Rewards Practices
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, as the old saying goes.
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COLAs Vanishing from Pension Plans
Cost-of-living allowances, or COLAs, while never a prevalent feature of private-sector pension plans, have declined sharply since the 1990s, according to new research.
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