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5 Steps to a Well-Executed Merit Cycle

Getting the right data to make informed pay decisions is critical to maximizing your merit budget. We explain the kinds of data you need and how to apply it.

Published: February 2020
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How e-Commerce Businesses Are Scaling Their Workforce for High Growth

Using our survey data, we analyzed workforce planning and composition among e-commerce firms to understand how these firms are adapting their workforce for high growth.

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

In this article, we examine say-on-pay voting results and trends by industry as well as provide advice on steps to take to prepare for the 2020 proxy season. 

Published: September 2019
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How Aon Drives the Search for Top Tech Talent in the Digital Age

Creating a workforce for the digital age involves defining new job roles and career paths. Read our case study that was published in Human Resource Executive magazine to see how we helped re-engineer a client's rewards programs to attract new talent.

Published: September 2019
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With Salaries and Bonuses Projected to Increase, U.S. Employees Can Expect a Pay Hike in 2020

According to new data from Aon’s 2019-2020 U.S. Salary Increase Survey, companies across industries are expected to award the largest bonuses, on average, in four decades.

Published: September 2019
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First Look at Chief Human Resources Officer Compensation Trends in 2019

There is some evidence that the growth of the CHRO role is being reflected in pay, but a lot of the changes are primarily occurring in larger companies.

Published: August 2019
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Take Your Compensation Disclosure to the Next Level by Reporting Realizable Pay

More companies are disclosing realizable pay in their proxies, which can be a strategic advantage for helping investors and proxy advisors better understand your pay programs. In this article, we explain how to effectively tell your compensation story through this supplemental disclosure. 

Published: August 2019
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ISS Survey Hints at Changes to Board Composition and Climate Risk Oversight

ISS took the first step in its annual policy update process when the firm sent its policy survey to clients this month. Companies and investors have until August 9 to submit feedback. Questions touch on board diversity and overboarding, climate risk and pay-for-performance metrics. 

Published: July 2019
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2019 Pay Trends: First Look at CEO Compensation

The topic of CEO compensation can evoke provocative headlines to stir controversy, but the data can be misleading and especially problematic for companies that use this data for benchmarking pay against peers.

Published: June 2019
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Broad Corporate Governance Changes Proposed in Canada

The federal government of Canada introduced Bill C-97, which proposed several important amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA).

Published: May 2019
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5 Reasons to Revisit Your Job Architecture

More companies are making changes to their job architecture in response to market forces – from pay equity to rapid growth. We explain how to determine if your structures need a facelift.

Published: May 2019
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The Era of Low ESPP Participation Is Over

Aon has partnered with Carver Edison to aid plan sponsors in understanding the impact to financial reporting, tax accounting and company balance sheet of a Carver Edison ESPP as compared to a traditional ESPP.

Published: March 2019
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Sizing the SaaS Sales Organization for Growth

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for how to best scale sales organizations for private software companies, but there are benchmarks and proven approaches to scale cost-effectively.

Published: March 2019
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Glass Lewis Updates Proxy Reports to Reflect Sustainability Metrics and Corporate Meetings

Glass Lewis made notable updates to its 2019 proxy season reports, including analyzing how new sustainability standards impact issuers and disclosing whether it has met with a company.

Published: March 2019
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Getting Ready for Proxy Season 2019

The executive compensation planning process gets more complex each year thanks to a steady stream of new regulations, proxy advisory firm updates or activist investor demands. For many companies, preparing proxies is top of mind this time of year. That includes learning how your executives’ pay stacks up to that of your peers and managing your company’s equity share pool and dilution. Aon’s Compensation Governance Pro (CG Pro) empowers you to more effectively manage the activities necessary to remain competitive, compliant and within budget. Let us help your company prepare for the upcoming proxy season and beyond.

Published: March 2019
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Developing a Winning People Strategy for New Types of Technology Jobs at Retail Companies

As retail companies rapidly integrate technology-related jobs to their workforce, they find hiring and retaining people with these skills requires re-examining their rewards structures.

Published: March 2019
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