2019 Articles


8 Reasons Your Sales Compensation Plans are Not Working

How can firms avoid common pitfalls plaguing their sales compensation structures? In this article, we highlight the top reasons your plan may not be working.

Published: December 2019
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IRS Releases Proposed Regulations that Clarify the Tax Reform’s Impact on Section 162(m)

When the tax cut bill went into place on December 22, 2017, the changes to Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) left a lot of companies with more questions than answers. On December 18, 2019, the IRS released proposed regulations under Section 162(m), which covers mainly grandfathering and 409A questions.

Published: December 2019
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Glass Lewis Opens Peer Submission Window Through January 31, 2020

Glass Lewis is changing its peer submission process and peer group methodology for 2020, making it important for companies to stay up-to-date. Here’s what you need to know.

Published: December 2019
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Financial Services: Looking Forward to 2020

Putting 2019 into perspective and anticipating what’s to come with insights from some of this year’s top performing articles.
 

Published: December 2019
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Technology Compensation Trends: Your Questions Answered

Our recent webcast on technology pay trends covered a variety of issues impacting our clients, including what pay transparency looks like and how to address hot jobs. We turned to our hosts, Tim Brown and John Radford, for answers to your burning questions.

Published: December 2019
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Why More Companies are Turning to Skill-Based Compensation Programs

One way to ensure your workforce has the skills it needs today and into the future is to adopt a skill-based compensation program, which encourages employees to acquire new training for specialized skills by offering temporary bonuses. In this article, we explain how to get started.

Published: December 2019
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Our Top 5 Most Popular Articles of 2019

From salary increase news to job architecture and pay equity, our five most highly read articles of 2019 touch on some of the biggest rewards topics of the year.

Published: December 2019
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Tips for Addressing Underwater Equity During Market Volatility

Recent volatility in the stock market for the life sciences sector is a good reminder for public companies to examine their approach to employee equity that loses value due to drops in the market. Here are our tips for addressing equity with diminishing value.

Published: December 2019
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Using Total Rewards as a Competitive Differentiator in a Tight Job Market

A global leader in the life sciences industry turned to Aon to use total rewards as a differentiator when competing for talent with traditional technology companies.

Published: December 2019
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ISS Opens Peer Group Submission Window and Finalizes 2020 Policy Guideline Updates

ISS is allowing companies to submit their self-selected peer groups for consideration until December 6, 2019. The proxy advisory firm will take into account a company's own peer selection in developing its pay-for-performance peer group. Separately, ISS has finalized its policy voting guidelines for 2020 for U.S.-based companies.

Published: November 2019
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Bank Compensation Trends: You Have Questions, We Have Answers

With year-end planning in full swing, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on past, current, and future compensation trends to ensure your firm is set up for a successful year ahead.

Published: November 2019
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Journey to the Center of Pay Equity: Using Technology to Improve Transparency

This article, first published in WorldatWork’s Workspan magazine, dives into the complexities around the issue of pay equity and how organizations can move toward more transparency.

Published: November 2019
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SEC Proposes Rules That Regulate Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC has continued its focus this year on the activities and influence that proxy advisory firms have on the proxy voting process. On November 5, 2019, the SEC approved, by a 3-2 party-line vote, proposed rules to regulate proxy advisory firms. In this article, we describe how the new rules would impact issuers and clients. 

Published: November 2019
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Banking Support Function Costs

A decade since the credit crisis, the world’s major banks are still struggling to bring costs under control. Having gone through multiple cost reduction programmes post-2008, firms are under continued shareholder pressure to increase return on tangible equity. This article looks at function costs trends and assesses the measures with the greatest potential to transform long-term costs.

Published: November 2019
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How HR Can Use Job Title Data to Ensure Consistency and Boost Retention

Compensation professionals spend a significant amount of time ensuring pay is competitively set, but relatively little ensuring job titles are properly aligned. We examine the prevalence of various titles across organizational levels and reporting relationships to provide a better understanding of how to utilize this data to ensure your titles — and not just your pay — are competitively aligned.

Published: November 2019
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The Spotlight: Liz Snyder, Associate Partner, Insurance & Rewards

Liz Snyder is an associate partner and part of McLagan’s global insurance and rewards teams, leading compensation design engagements across all industry segments to help clients build customized rewards and human capital strategies that support their unique business requirements.

Published: November 2019
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Why Companies Must Take a Regional Approach to Compensation Benchmarking in Germany

As Germany becomes a bigger destination for technology talent, it has become more important for compensation professionals to take a nuanced look at fast-moving pay trends in the country.

Published: November 2019
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ISS Adds Climate Scorecard to Proxy Reports, Recognizing the Rise of Sustainable Investing

A new rating has been added to ISS’ proxy reports that’s focused on climate awareness. In this article, we highlight key components of the scorecard and its impact for issuers. 

Published: October 2019
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Loosening the Reins on Regulation for Foreign-Invested Financial Institutions in China

China Securities Regulatory Commission and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission attract further investment into the financial services sector.

Published: October 2019
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UK Banking Standards Board: What Is the Employee Health and Wellbeing Profile of the Banking Industry?

Wellbeing was one of the main topics highlighted in the recent UK Banking Standards Board annual review 2018/2019. In this article, we will discuss the challenges that employers are facing and the overall impact of wellbeing on financial services organisations.

Published: October 2019
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To Proactively Manage Pay Equity, Companies Must Take These Three Steps

To proactively address pay equity issues, firms across industries must move beyond treating it as a one-time audit exercise and instead manage risks on an ongoing basis.

Published: October 2019
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Impact of the New Employee Overtime Rule by Industry and Tips for Compliance

An estimated 1.3 million U.S. workers will be eligible for overtime pay as of January 1, 2020, but the effect within organizations varies by industry, job function and role. Here’s a deeper look at how companies will be affected and questions for companies to think about when complying with the new rule. 

Published: October 2019
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How Prepared is Your Strategy for Winning FinTech Talent in Mainland China?

In response to the disruptive impact of digital technology across the entire industry, a growing number of financial services firms are making investments to enable technology transformation in order to stay ahead in the market. Consequently, FinTech talent is in high demand, which has led to a severe talent shortage in Mainland China. Finding ways to attract and retain FinTech professionals in this fiercely competitive environment is top of mind. In this article, we explore findings from a recent McLagan survey on FinTech talent management in China, helping firms to better understand market trends and prepare for future change.

Published: October 2019
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ISS Releases Draft Policy Updates for 2020; Executive Compensation is Notably Absent

ISS is proposing changes to its U.S. policies on problematic governance structures, independent board chair proposals and share buybacks. Here’s a summary of potential implications for U.S.-listed companies.

Published: October 2019
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The Spotlight: Belinda Armenta, Partner, APAC Asset Management

Belinda Armenta is responsible for McLagan’s Asia Pacific asset management practice and is based in Hong Kong. Belinda’s current role for the APAC region is focused on advising a wide spectrum of firms in the sector, including both local and international firms, traditional asset management firms, as well as alternative asset management firms such as hedge funds, real estate, and private equity businesses. Her work centers on incentive plan design, compensation structure reviews, pay analyses, and market trend papers and studies.

Published: October 2019
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Benchmarking Hot Jobs: Software Engineers at e-Commerce Firms Command a Pay Premium

Demand for digital jobs is high, and e-commerce companies are paying a premium for key roles. In this article, we examine compensation levels for software engineers at internet and e-commerce companies compared to software companies and provide advice for how to use survey data to create compelling rewards packages.

 

Published: October 2019
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Preparing for the 2020 Proxy Season and a Look Back at 2019 Say-on-Pay Voting in the U.S.

Issuers that received declining say-on-pay support and/or triggered a Board Responsiveness Policy from a proxy advisory firm will need to take a multi-step approach for 2020 planning.

Published: October 2019
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Using Talent Assessments to Drive Better Performance of Your Sales Organization

Assessing the skills of your sales force should be a top priority for HR and sales leaders, but too often we see this process neglected with a focus on sales quotas and growth above matching the right talent with the right jobs. In this article, we discuss how to get set up with an effective talent assessment process.

Published: October 2019
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How U.K. Companies are Calculating the CEO Pay Ratio in First Year of Disclosure

The CEO pay ratio rule in the U.K. allows companies to choose from three different methodologies. While we see a favoured approach so far, there are technical considerations to make when selecting the right one. Read our article for the latest disclosure trends and tips for complying with the new rule.

Published: September 2019
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As Pay Ratio Enters Its Third Year, Here’s What We Know So Far

To date, no company has won or lost vote support as a result of their pay ratio disclosures. With proxy advisory firms remaining silent on this issue so far, we don’t expect that to change.

Published: September 2019
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