2020 Articles


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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Driving Growth or Improving Profitability? Wealth Management Firms No Longer Have the Luxury of Choice

The economics of the private banking business are under serious pressure. On average, firms are seeing a 6% decline in per head revenues and profitability is under even more strain, down by 10% per head. With COVID-19 disruption set to continue for a while longer, firms cannot afford to wait any longer to address tough decisions.

Published: December 2020
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Making Science Fiction a Reality: Three Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Benefit HR

Originally published in WorldatWork’s #evolve magazine, we discuss three AI-enabled tools that can benefit different areas of the human resources function, including job matching, benchmarking pay and career pathing.

Published: December 2020
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What Should You Do When Your Founder Asks For More Equity?

When the founder at a company asks for more equity — not an uncommon request — private company boards must understand the competitive landscape and nuances within market data.

Published: December 2020
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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 2022. 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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Why RIAs Should Take a Closer Look at Their Clients

Over the past decade the Registered Investment Advisor sector has boomed. This breadth of choice is likely to have benefited clients, as many of these new-to-market RIAs left larger organizations to start their own firms. Yet, the outlook for the RIA sector is not all positive following a difficult 2020. 

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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