Category: Compensation

This topic provides guidance on how to handle compensation issues in a way that attracts and retains the best talent and advances the strategic goals of your business. You get news and tips on what’s going on nationally and in the states, and updates on changes in regulations, possible governmental action, and emerging compensation trends.

The Future of Payroll Has Arrived, and It’s Instant

Today, takeout or groceries can be at your doorstep minutes after ordering. Burger King is delivering food to those caught in L.A. traffic jams. Nearly everything in our lives has adjusted to “Smartphone Time” and can be had instantly with a swipe.

Types of Bonuses You May Not Be Utilizing

Employee bonuses are often used as tools for motivation and retention. In some cases, they’re used as a means to keep base pay stable while still giving employees recognition. When salaries are increasing but salary budgets are not keeping pace, bonuses can be a way to offer recognition without changing the year-to-year obligations if circumstances […]

Avoiding Pay Compression

Pay compression happens when the pay levels within an organization start to converge, and there’s less and less differentiation for things like years of experience and education levels. This happens far too easily—typically because the pace of raises doesn’t always keep up with the speed of market-level wage increases for new hires.

Why the Wage Gap Solution Is Transparency, Not Legislation

Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act to further the cause of gender wage parity. Now, I’m not against government regulation, but I’m skeptical of change that’s enforced from the top down because lawmakers can’t mandate corporate buy-in. In my experience, businesses do best when solutions come from the bottom up.

What the New Overtime Threshold of $35,000 Means for Your Business

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has released its highly anticipated proposal to change the minimum salary threshold for overtime eligibility. Placing the new threshold at $35,000 per year (or $679 per week), the proposed regulations would make over a million more workers eligible for overtime pay.

Seven Pay Equity Questions Every HR Professional Should Ask

In part 1 of this article we explored problems with pay equity and discussed an approach for getting pay equity right. Today we’ll provide you with 7 questions that every HR professional should ask about pay equity.

Getting Pay Equity Right

Fairness is a major factor that tends to color how employees view the workplace. If a happy, engaged employee learns that another employee doing the same job is getting 15% more than he or she is getting, all the other things that made the job seem great turn to ash.

Pros and Cons of Total Compensation Statements

A total compensation statement is something many employers opt to provide to employees to quantify and communicate the monetary value of their full compensation package. Also known as a total rewards statement or a “hidden paycheck,” a total compensation statement would include base pay plus bonuses/incentives, and also could include the quantified value of benefits […]

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Should You Offer Employees More than the Required Minimum Wage?

Currently, as per federal law, employers are required to pay employees at least $7.25 per hour, although many state laws (and some cities and counties) have different minimum wage requirements. However, many federal lawmakers and citizens want to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour because they claim that workers making less than […]

Infographic: Popular Benefits Used for Talent Attraction

Winning the war for talent requires a variety of methods to attract jobseekers to your company. One way to attract top talent is through your company’s benefit package. But does your benefits package stand up against the competition?