2020 Articles


Retailers Need to Build Workforce Agility to Reshape For the Future

Originally published in The Retailer magazine, we discuss how agile workforce strategies, including virtual working, flexibility and aligned benefits, can help retailers succeed in the post-pandemic world. 

Published: November 2020
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ISS Releases Policy Updates Covering Board Diversity and Accountability

ISS has finalized its 2021 policy updates that cover board composition, shareholder proposals and more. The updates do not include executive compensation topics, which the firm will likely cover in updated FAQs next month.  

Published: November 2020
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How the Rewards Function is Being Shaped by Technology

In the third and final article of our European Leaders in Rewards series, we discuss whether rewards functions are benefitting from the digital revolution to the same extent as other business areas.

Published: November 2020
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San Francisco Passes a Tax on Companies Based on Their Executive Pay Ratio

San Francisco voters passed a new pay ratio tax this month for companies operating in city limits that becomes effective in 2021. We explain what businesses need to know.

Published: November 2020
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ISS Informs S&P 500 Companies That It Won’t Provide Draft Reports Prior to Publication

This regulatory update summarizes the broader context of ISS’ announcement, the firm’s rationale and the potential impact to proxy voting recommendations and voting outcomes.

Published: November 2020
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The Spotlight: Accelerating Change Through a Positive Outlook

Before COVID-19, the term “future of work” was often viewed as nebulous and intangible. The pandemic has changed everything, and when it comes to human capital, it’s the biggest catalyst to workforce change. Yet, businesses are struggling to juggle priorities. While plans for returning to the workplace and adjusting compensation are top concerns for many organizations, there is much more firms should be addressing. This Q&A discusses various aspects of the future of work in an increasingly complex world.

Published: November 2020
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Understanding Discretion on Equity Plans to Avoid Future Problems

Too much discretion or exercise of upward discretion can lead to liability treatment for equity plans. This article discusses potential ramifications and ways to avoid them.

Published: November 2020
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Personalising Rewards to Deliver Employee Engagement: An Impossible Dream?

In the second article of our "European Leaders in Rewards" series, we discuss the benefits and risks of rewards segmentation and its potential impact on employee engagement.

Published: October 2020
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European Life Sciences Firms Address Pay Implications of Cross-Border Talent

With a more remote workforce, European life sciences firms are seeing an increase in talent moving within countries. As such, organisations face pay-related questions, including analysing cost of living, market pay, tax and accounting-related laws in local jurisdictions.

Published: October 2020
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New ISS Guidance on Pandemic-Related Pay Decisions May Influence Disclosure and Shareholder Engagement

ISS’ preliminary FAQs provide some guidance for companies preparing for the upcoming proxy season as year-end compensation and program decisions are being made.

Published: October 2020
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The Impact of U.S. Trade Policy on Business and Talent Plans at Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies in China

Despite increased U.S. trade restrictions, China remains a key market with strategic importance for foreign pharmaceutical and medical device companies, many of whom anticipate making additional investments in their business and human capital.

Published: October 2020
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ISS Launches Open Comment Period for Potential 2021 Policy Updates

As part of its annual policy review and update process, ISS has issued draft 2021 policy updates for comment until October 26. While the proposed changes cover a variety of topics, they do not include executive compensation for the second consecutive year.

Published: October 2020
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Retail Sector Wages Are Rising Due to Higher Employee Turnover and e-Commerce Demand

With employee turnover rising among retailers, businesses must closely benchmark pay as they look to replace workers and, in some cases, ramp up hiring plans.

Published: October 2020
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Five Ways Data & Technology Can Help Manage Employee Rewards for a Changed Workforce

In the face of the challenges and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses have opportunities to revamp their HR strategies to meet short- and long-term needs. Here are five useful tips for navigating and embracing change to secure a positive future.

Published: October 2020
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The Latest Trends in Incentive Plan Design as Firms Adjust Plans Amid Uncertainty

In today’s uncertain environment, many companies are actively considering new approaches to mitigate performance and payout volatility, including the use of non-financial metrics, individual performance, widening performance ranges and flattening pay curves.

Published: October 2020
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Analytical Job Evaluation: Value-Adding Business Process or Bureaucratic Relic?

In the first article of our “European Leaders in Rewards” series, we examine the pros and cons of job evaluation and how firms should adjust methods to reflect the evolving business world.

Published: October 2020
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Six Year-End Considerations for Financial Services Remuneration Committees

Investors are even more focused this year on how remuneration committees exercise discretion, connect pay to performance and disclose key pay actions. Firms should scenario plan to guide decisions, anticipate curveballs and prepare for discussions with stakeholders.

Published: October 2020
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Location-Based Pay Heats Up as Workforces Remain Remote

As companies develop a comprehensive approach to managing their talent remotely, they need to examine many areas, including adjusting rewards for location, redefining the employee value proposition and delivering on inclusion and diversity through different hiring opportunities.

Published: October 2020
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Key Compensation Issues for Banks in a Turbulent Market

This article, first appearing in Bank Director, highlights the impact of COVID-19 on executive compensation decisions for banks and how incentive plans will need to be adjusted.

Published: October 2020
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Client Spotlight: How Bosch is Approaching COVID-19 Recovery in China

To explore how recovery efforts are shaping up in China, Judy Zhang, Partner and Head of China’s Rewards Solutions practice at Aon, recently spoke with Rosa Lee, Executive Vice President at Bosch (China) Investment Ltd. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Published: October 2020
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ESG Groups Form Partnership to Create Framework for Corporate Disclosure of Sustainability Metrics

With ESG issues gaining prominence among institutional investors, there is a need in the market for standards to evaluate how organizations are addressing these issues.

Published: September 2020
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New SEC Rule Requires First-Time Disclosure of U.S. Companies’ Human Capital Management

The new rules are principles-based, but the SEC did give examples of what could be considered material and worth including. Companies will be well-served to start preparing for disclosure now.

Published: September 2020
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Top Five Trends in Board Leadership and Pay at Public Companies

Board leadership structures and compensation can vary greatly depending on company size. Our research reveals key data, such as trends in stock ownership guidelines, types of perks that are declining and differences in how pay is structured for CEOs and executive chairs.

Published: September 2020
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Addressing Location Strategy in Europe With a Rising Virtual Workforce

As remote work becomes the new reality, companies across Europe are assessing geographic pay differentials and the impact of location strategy on total rewards.

Published: September 2020
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Aon’s 2020 Mid-Year Salary Increase Report for China Shows Lower Wage Growth Across Most Industries

While nearly all industries are reporting lower salary increases for 2020 compared to last year, some industries are showing signs of recovery. We explain how different industries have been impacted and what they need to consider as they plan for 2021. 

Published: September 2020
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How Your Workforce and Rewards Strategy Can Make or Break Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs

Many firms have DEI programs that fall short of stated goals, partly because they often don’t track the right metrics — which is even more relevant as firms explore flexible working models. Here’s how to establish programs that produce meaningful, lasting change by examining a new way to look at pay equity, along with our framework and recent case study.

Published: September 2020
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A Year Unlike Any Other for the European Banking Industry

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are bringing about new compensation challenges for banks in Europe, further highlighting the importance of data to make informed decisions.

Published: September 2020
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How to Effectively Tackle the Most Unusual Compensation Cycle Ever

With immense economic challenges in today’s environment, here are three key steps to guide your year-end compensation plans, while preparing for continued uncertainty ahead.

Published: August 2020
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Performance Rating Systems in the Middle East: To Remove or Not to Remove

Is the removal of performance rating systems for financial services firms in the GCC a feasible solution? This article discusses resulting challenges and factors to consider.

Published: August 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: How Technology is Changing HR at Johnson & Johnson

Ian Karcher, associate partner in the Rewards Solutions practice at Aon, recently spoke with Thorsten Eger, head of HR in Switzerland at Johnson & Johnson, about how technology is transforming human resources at the pharmaceutical giant. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Published: August 2020
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