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A Framework for Tying ESG Metrics to Executive Compensation Plans

As the importance of ESG metrics continues to rise, what key factors should companies consider before incorporating them into their executive compensation programs? This article highlights useful steps to take to ensure your business is prepared to evolve pay design.

Published: June 2021
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With Minimum Wages Increasing in the U.S., What is the Outlook for the Retail Labor Market?

As COVID-19 recovery continues and local minimum wage laws increase, we examine the impact on the retail market to assist business leaders as they consider how to optimally structure and reward their workforce.

Published: April 2021
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Talent Recruitment Has Changed: What it Means for Peer Groups, Benchmarking and Employee Experience

The increase in remote working has opened more labor pools across regions while also driving greater competition for the same talent. Here are three areas firms should re-examine to attract new hires.

Published: April 2021
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Top Three Human Capital Issues Companies Should Consider As They Prepare To Go Public

First published in CB Insights, Aon’s Kyle Holm explains new key priorities within workforce management that private firms should consider when planning to go public.

Published: April 2021
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Early Adoption of Climate Disclosure Frameworks: The Benefits and Challenges

As investor support for the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) continues to grow, firms should carefully consider the benefits and potential setbacks of this new disclosure approach to help lay the groundwork for successful ESG strategies and goals.

Published: April 2021
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Corporate Disclosure of Cyber Risks May Get More Detailed Following a Change in ESG Ratings

With cyber risk gaining more attention following increased security breaches and a rise in remote working, a closely followed ESG rating system is adding new cyber questions to its scoring methodology. This could prompt companies to disclose more specifics on how they manage related risks.

Published: April 2021
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Why Your Credit Union Compensation Philosophy Needs an Upgrade

Asking the right core questions when establishing a compensation philosophy will help align rewards to business goals, which is essential in an increasingly competitive talent market.

Published: March 2021
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5 Ways to Know If Your Firm Has A Client-Centric Culture

For wealth management firms, the road to recovery in a post-pandemic world will entail an increased focus on embedding client-centricity into the wider organizational culture. This article shares five questions to ask to see where your firm stands and help guide your approach forward.
 

Published: March 2021
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The Spotlight: How Prepared Is Your Business to Address and Communicate Climate and Sustainability Efforts?

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting standards are at the forefront for companies across industries yet again. We recently interviewed two colleagues – Patty Errico, Head of Global Public Affairs, and Corey Green, Global Operations Leader, Global Risk Consulting to discuss the latest SEC requirements and how firms should be thinking about their environmental policies and subsequent reporting in response to rising pressures.

Published: March 2021
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The Time Has Come for a Data-Driven Approach to Optimize Total Rewards

In a recent webcast, Aon’s employee rewards experts Brooke Green and Dave Kompare discussed how rewards need to change in a post-pandemic world and why change might not be as hard as some organizations fear.

Published: March 2021
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New COVID-19 Relief Bill in the U.S. Incentivizes Paid Sick Leave, Expands 162(m) Eligibility

The new $1.9 trillion rescue bill in the United States is aimed at boosting recovery from the pandemic through provisions like extending tax incentives for paid sick leave and more.


 

Published: March 2021
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Transforming Sales Compensation in a Changing Retail Landscape

As the retail space moves towards a greater reliance on e-commerce and digital selling, companies must update their selling behaviors and sales compensation design.

Published: March 2021
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With SPAC Investors on the Hunt for Acquisitions, Startups Must Ensure Their Compensation Plans Are in Order

Before a private company signs a letter of intent with a SPAC investor, business leaders should ensure their executive compensation plans are in good standing and commit to a deeper governance audit once the deal is signed.

Published: March 2021
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Using Data to Turn Challenges into Opportunities for Your Business

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace at which client needs are changing, driving the evolution of our solutions to deliver an integrated and comprehensive source of data that enables firms to embrace new ways of work, while rethinking their approach to rewards.

Published: February 2021
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Are Geographic Pay Differentials for Equity Compensation a Step Too Far?

While many firms already use geographic pay differentials for base salaries, the decision to differentiate other forms of pay by location is as pressing as ever as more employees work remotely. In particular, the question of whether or not to apply geographic differentials to equity compensation looms large. In this article, we consider the pros and cons.

Published: February 2021
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U.S. Property-Casualty Insurance Industry Trends and Outlook for 2021

This article takes a look back at the year and a look forward, highlighting profits and losses, as well as adjustments property-casualty insurance firms should make to their human capital strategies to successfully embrace agility and the future of work.

Published: February 2021
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The Spotlight: An Era of Change: Managing Equity Compensation in Uncertain Times

Each year, Global Equity Organization (GEO) recognizes the hard work of top professionals from around the world whose leadership and skills have fundamentally helped advance the global share plan landscape. This year, GEO has appointed Aon Partner Dan Kapinos, global practice leader of our equity services team, to a 2020 Fellow of Global Equity (FGE). We recently had the chance to interview Dan and discuss key trends related to equity compensation. Here’s what he had to say.

Published: February 2021
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As Pay Equity Laws Continue to Proliferate, California Passes a New Pay Disclosure Rule

A new pay data disclosure rule in California is reminder that pay equity legislation will continue to be pervasive and employers need to conduct regular pay equity audits to be prepared.

Published: January 2021
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An Update on Regulatory Requirements for Financial Services in Australia

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) recently issued a revised draft of a new standard dedicated solely to remuneration, updating requirements with a more principles-based approach. This article highlights key updates and what actions firms should take now.

Published: January 2021
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Analysis of New Human Capital Disclosures by U.S. Public Companies

Following a new rule by the SEC last year, companies have begun disclosing details of their human capital management. Using our extensive database, we look at the types of disclosure and provide tips on effectively communicating this topic to stakeholders.

Published: January 2021
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Five Things We’ve Learnt About Client Experience Since COVID-19

Our survey of wealth management firms revealed many have performed well during the COVID-19 pandemic despite operational disruptions, with only marginal declines in key performance indicators.
 

Published: January 2021
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The Spotlight: An Era of Change: Transforming Our Compensation Data Platform

A new year brings with it both a new set of challenges and opportunities. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many longstanding issues — such as the cross-industry competition for key talent — to the forefront, emboldening us to accelerate updates to our data offerings to ensure they meet evolving client needs. To examine this further, we recently interviewed four colleagues on our data transformation team to discuss how firms should rethink their approaches to compensation.

Published: January 2021
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Rewards Leaders in the Banking Industry Reexamine Total Rewards

In the wake of pandemic-related workforce changes, clients from the banking industry explain how they are reimagining their approach to total rewards, broadening their focus from compensation to include other elements, like flexible work, employee wellbeing, and more.

Published: January 2021
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Reflecting on 2020 Total Rewards Trends in the Life Sciences Sector With a Look Ahead

During a recent webcast, our life sciences industry experts shared data and insights on trends in the area of digital skills, incentive plans, location-based pay and performance management.

Published: December 2020
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Answering Your Top Credit Union Compensation Questions

With year-end planning in full swing, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on this past year and the impact of COVID-19 on CEO and director compensation. Here are your top questions answered.

Published: December 2020
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Reimagining Total Rewards for a Changing World

As employees reexamine what they want from their rewards, HR leaders need to consider whether their programs meet the needs of an ever-changing world. We look at ways organizations can design total rewards that support an agile and resilient workforce.

Published: December 2020
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Developments in Board Diversity: Engagement, Disclosure, Proxy Voting, Listing Requirements and Litigation

Stakeholders are increasingly interested in how companies are improving the diversity of their boards. That interest is being reflected in the form of proxy voting, litigation and regulation. Here’s what companies should know and how they can be proactive in addressing this issue.

Published: December 2020
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New Disclosure Rules Bring Increased Transparency to Human Capital Management

A new SEC rule requires U.S. public companies to disclose factors that are material to driving and impacting human capital. We recommend firms define an intentional human capital management strategy that is clear and measurable before communicating outward.

Published: December 2020
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Rewards Outlook: Wealth Management and the Role of Modeling

This article explains why U.S. wealth management firms need to factor in business performance when evaluating the balance between affordability of pay programs and retention of key talent.
 

Published: December 2020
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The Spotlight: Setting the Bar for Proxy Disclosures with Glass Lewis

Between health and safety concerns, economic uncertainty and a heightened focus on social justice, businesses are tackling new human capital challenges and initiatives this year and into the future. This is important to consider as investors and their advisers evaluate board progress on overseeing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as perennial hot topics like executive compensation. This Q&A explores how Glass Lewis is approaching proxy statement review, what they will be focusing on in the current climate and how firms are setting the bar higher for inclusion and diversity in 2021 and beyond.

Published: December 2020
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