Category: Compensation Administration

This topic provides guidance on how to best apply an agreed upon compensation strategy. There are a lot of tasks involved, from tracking existing compensation packages, to setting up compensation frequencies.

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Pay Stub Headaches: Penalties for Noncompliant Wage Statements Can Add Up

Issuing inaccurate or incomplete itemized wage statements, also known as “pay stubs,” can result in significant liability for employers. California law requires employers to provide specific information in pay stubs and imposes significant penalties on employers that fail to follow those requirements.

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9th Circuit Adopts Workweek as Proper Measure for Minimum Wage Compliance

Following the lead of several other courts of appeals and the long-held position of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—recently concluded that minimum wage compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is determined by dividing the […]


Pay Implications of Government Shutdowns

With government shutdowns periodically looming, hundreds of thousands of federal employees face losing work time and pay. When Congress fails to appropriate funds during the budget process, nonessential federal programs and agencies close and many workers are furloughed. In such a situation, there are a number of different pay scenarios and categories of employees.


Pay Actions: An Introduction for HR Professionals

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about compensation practices that included a brief look at pay approaches including single-rate pay, step-based pay, and a slew of pay differentials. Taking it a step further, this article is about pay actions and explains the types, why they occur, and how they’re communicated to employees.


Compensation Practices: A Brief Look at Job-Based Pay Methods

Simply put, a pay approach is the method an organization uses to deliver base pay to its employees. For example: job-based pay, market-based pay, knowledge/skill-based pay, and experience-based pay are all methods of pay delivery. Which one is the right one? Any of them can be a viable method, depending on the organization’s needs and […]


How the New Workforce Is Changing Incentive Compensation

Millennials employees are no longer a novel concept. As Scott T. Rollin notes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, they’ve begun to move into middle management and other key employee roles. Coupled with employers’ worries about hiring and retaining qualified workers, the result is a mounting concern about how to compensate key Millennials.


Mistakes in Wage Statements Can Cost California Employers Under PAGA

In an unfavorable opinion for California employers, a California Court of Appeal recently ruled that (1) employees seeking damages in an action arising under Section 226(a) of the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) needn’t sustain any injury to bring the action, (2) the employer’s violations need not be “knowing and intentional” to subject it […]


What Is the Biggest Challenge to the CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule?

One half of U.S. companies say their biggest challenge in complying with the forthcoming pay ratio disclosure rule is forecasting how their employees will react, according to a poll by Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking, and solutions company. The poll also found nearly half of respondents haven’t considered how, or if, they […]


HR Professionals: Got a Compensation Question?

For me, one of the neat things about being an editor here at BLR® is the opportunity to interact with HR and compensation professionals on a regular basis. As the comp editor, I’m asked about managing the compensation process and, for the most part, they’re pretty routine queries about things like how to market price […]