Tag: Compensation

It’s Time to Review Your Noncompete Agreements

The 2021 Oregon legislative session imposed further limitations on noncompetition agreements. Before the law becomes effective on January 1, 2022, you should review your agreements to ensure they provide the best possible protection. New Limits on Noncompetes Senate Bill (SB) 169, which passed during the 2021 Oregon legislative session, further limits employers’ ability to use […]

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How Much is Enough? Hint: $10,000 Pay Raises Can Backfire

I recently read an interesting article by Kelly Anderson exploring the surge in salary increases for entry-level professionals as top companies try to retain their young talent. Elite law firms and Wall Street companies are paying entry-level associates premium salaries and raises as they attempt to keep people in the fold. At the same time, employees […]

8th Circuit Denies Relief for Female Employee Paid Less for Choosing to Do More

A female employee wasn’t discriminated against for receiving less compensation than her male coworkers when she voluntarily chose to complete tasks that weren’t required of her, according to the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Nebraska employers), upholding a Nebraska federal district court decision. Facts Barbara Perry, a former employee […]

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The Lingering Impact of Pay Secrecy

Whether at a family holiday or social function, people are sometimes asked: “So, how much do you make?” It’s an awkward question because Americans are private and sensitive about discussing money. The natural instinct for many when faced with such a question is to simply say, “That’s none of your business.”

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‘Easy’ Part of Tip Rule Takes Effect, Other Provisions in for More Study

Portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2020 tipped worker rule are set to take effect April 30, but the Biden administration intends to delay the effective date and continue studying other parts of the rule, which was a product of the previous administration. The provisions of the rule taking effect April 30 are […]

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Pre- and Postshift Work Ignites Fire for Sprinkler Company

When employees work on client jobsites or at remote locations, it may be tempting to pay them based on their scheduled hours instead of tracking their specific hours worked. But if they perform work before or after their scheduled shifts, which includes tasks such as loading and unloading tools, then they need to be paid […]

Some HR Professionals Miss the Value of In-Person Interactions

While many jobs can be done remotely, there is a certain je ne sais quoi missing. I compare it to the difference between a digital book and a paper book. They both can be read and comprehended, but something is missing when you read a book without being able to turn the pages. Not being […]

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CX Matters, Even in a Pandemic

Recruiting during a pandemic comes with many challenges, but that doesn’t mean the candidate experience (CX) should suffer as a result. CX is even more important now than it was in the candidate-driven market, and your peers agree.

Understanding the FARM Components of Compensation

Have you heard of the acronym FARM as it relates to compensation? I first heard this term from a BLR® webinar run by Paul Dorf, the Managing Director of Compensation Resources, Inc. (CRI). In that webinar, Dorf noted that a compensation strategy has to incorporate all of the objectives of compensation: to direct what you’d […]