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Year-Over-Year Trends in Board of Director Pay

Our latest findings show that after barely moving the needle last year, board of director total compensation rose 6% this year.

Published: February 2019
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How to Use Employee Mobility Data to Uncover Potential Problems in Your Workforce

Assessing and understanding employee mobility within a business is essential for unlocking insights into your workforce and organizational structure. We outline our latest research on employee mobility in the technology sector to illustrate how this analysis can benefit all companies.

Published: February 2019
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Investors See Expanded Role for Boards of Directors in Overseeing Corporate Culture

As part of their annual shareholder engagement, State Street and BlackRock are urging boards to do more in overseeing corporate culture; this vision would greatly expand the traditional role of boards and continue to elevate ESG issues.

Published: February 2019
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How the SEC’s Hedging Disclosure Rule Will Impact Public Companies

The SEC finalized a long-awaited hedging rule from the Dodd-Frank Act in December 2018. The rule requires disclosure of companies’ anti-hedging policies for all employees. We explain how companies need to comply.

Published: January 2019
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It’s Time for HR to Become More Involved in Setting Sales Quotas. Here’s How.

HR professionals need to know how their company’s sales quotas shape the employee value proposition and contribute to competitive earnings and cost-of-sale measures. By becoming more involved in the quota-setting process, HR leaders will help better position the company against the headwinds of high turnover and a tightening talent pool.

Published: January 2019
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Keep Pay Structures Current Using This Job Leveling Methodology

Companies that want to build or maintain competitive pay structures must have access to the right data and tools. But rapidly changing job roles in the era of digital disruption are prompting many companies to revisit their job evaluation system.

Published: January 2019
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IRS Clarifies Tax Law Provision that Could Benefit Private Company Employees

The IRS recently released guidance about the applicability of a provision in the 2017 tax bill that could benefit employees at private companies who receive equity awards. The guidance specifies the conditions for employees to be eligible for tax relief and the responsibilities of private companies.

Published: January 2019
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ISS Policy Changes May Make It Harder for Some Companies to Obtain Equity Share Approval

ISS has clarified how it will implement changes to its Equity Plan Scorecard and released updated burn rate tables. The changes could make it harder for some companies to win approval for new shares or receive approval for as many shares as in the past.

Published: January 2019
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Benchmarking Pay Data for Key Technology Executives

The roles of Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Data Officer have emerged as key roles at today’s leading organizations. We’ll break down pay trends we’re seeing for these emerging roles using Aon's TCM database.

Published: January 2019
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What Public Companies Should Know About New Standards for ESG Disclosure

A significant number of investment managers have pledged support for new industry-specific environmental, social and governance reporting standards for public companies that were recently published by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. At a minimum, a company should be conversant in the SASB standards for its industry and assess to what extent it believes the standards are relevant to the company.

Published: December 2018
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Year-in-Review: Top 5 Rewards Articles of 2018

So much has happened in 2018 – have you taken the time to sit back and reflect? As the year winds down, we’ve compiled this list of the top rewards-related articles your peers have been reading so you can dive in and catch up (if you haven’t already).

Published: December 2018
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8 Ways to Simplify Your Executive Compensation Planning Season in 2019

If you’re not careful, you might wind up spending so much time pulling data from multiple sources and crunching numbers that you don’t have the time to step back and think strategically about your executive compensation plans.

Published: December 2018
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Simplify Executive Compensation With Must-Know Insights on Incentive Plan Design

As companies begin to develop incentive plan performance targets and ranges for the next cycle, it is important to recognize that aligning incentive plan payouts with a range of performance measures requires extensive and thoughtful analysis. 

Published: December 2018
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ISS Clarifies 2019 Compensation Policy Updates

Similar to prior years, ISS has provided clarification regarding several of its compensation-related policies through a supplemental FAQ document. The FAQs address several important compensation policies, which we summarize in this alert.

Published: November 2018
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Hiring Tips for the Hottest Cyber Security Jobs

Aon's 2018 Global Cyber Security Talent Survey sheds light on the latest trends and insights impacting the hiring of cyber security talent around the world.

Published: November 2018
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Mandatory Post-Vest Holding Periods on ESPPs

Despite potential drawbacks, some companies have expressed an interest in adopting mandatory holding periods for their employee stock purchase plan because it gives them the ability to apply a discount for illiquidity to the fair value of the ESPP. We explain how to estimate the fair value for an ESPP with a mandatory holding period.

Published: November 2018
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Equal Pay Laws Shine Light on Difficulty of Defining “Equal”

The principles around gender pay equity sound basic: men and women should receive the same amount of pay for equal or similar work. However, when examining the California Fair Pay Act— one of many pieces of equal pay legislation that has swept the globe— it turns out that the implementation of this idea is anything but simple.

Published: November 2018
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How to Save Money on Your ESPP

Employee Stock Purchase Plans are gaining in popularity, however, the valuation techniques used to derive accounting fair values can be complex and often misunderstood. Fortunately, with a better understanding of the valuation mechanics, there are ways to more accurately value ESPPs that also reduce the expense. 

Published: November 2018
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What We Learned from CEO Pay Ratio Exemptions

The CEO pay ratio rule allows three types of employee exemptions from calculating the pay of the median employee. With the first year of disclosures mostly behind us, we take a close look at how these exemptions were used and whether they proved beneficial for companies.

Published: November 2018
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Determining the Fair Value of Your ESPP

Companies’ Employee Stock Purchase Plans can have myriad structures and features. The fair value of an ESPP depends on both the structure of the plan and the economic assumptions used in the valuation model. We explain how to get started calculating the fair value of your ESPP.

Published: November 2018
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A Glimpse Into the Rising Popularity — and Shifting Nature of — Variable Pay Plans

Variable pay plans continue to be a critical component of many organizations’ total rewards package as traditional merit increase budgets remain at record low levels. 

Published: November 2018
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ISS, Glass Lewis Issue 2019 Policy Updates with Focus on Pay-for-Performance and Diversity

ISS' newly released draft policy updates for 2019 would swap GAAP metrics for EVA and adopt a voting standard around board diversity. Glass Lewis’ final policies are extensive in both compensation and corporate governance topics. We explain what the updates entail. 

Published: November 2018
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How Long-Term Performance Plan Metrics Are Evolving in the Technology Sector

The elimination of 162(m) in the tax bill provides an opening for a new era in long-term incentive metrics. We analyze the direction incentive metrics are headed and what companies in different technology industries should think about with an eye toward the future.

Published: November 2018
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Attract and Retain Seasonal Non-Exempt and Hourly Workers Using Micro-Market Pay Data

It’s more crucial than ever to understand how to attract and retain non-exempt and hourly workers for the busy holiday season and beyond using micro-market pay data.

Published: November 2018
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A Checklist for Fall Compensation Planning

At most companies, Fall is the start of compensation planning season. To help you prepare, Radford has developed a quick checklist for keeping your pay programs up to date.
 

Published: October 2018
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How to Improve Market Competitiveness Through Local Pay Data

We’ve developed a list of six tips to keep in mind when considering how to use geographic pay differentials.

Published: October 2018
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SEC Takes Closer Look at Conflicts of Interest at Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC has ramped up its scrutiny of proxy advisory firms when, earlier this month, the agency made the unusual decision to rescind the findings from two No Action Letters that were issued by SEC staff in 2004. The letters asserted that investment advisers could rely on proxy advisory firms’ maintenance of policies and procedures to alleviate potential conflicts of interest. We explain the potential implications of the latest action for the corporate governance community.
 

Published: September 2018
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U.S. Salary Increase Survey Projects Base Pay Will Rise, Total Cash Comp Will Drop in 2019

While overall salary may be projected to rise in 2019, however, workers in the U.S. shouldn’t expect to bring home more in total cash compensation next year.

Published: September 2018
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What to Consider When Calculating Your CEO Pay Ratio in Year 2

Deciding whether to re-identify your median employee is a key question going into the second year of CEO pay ratio disclosures. We explain when the SEC requires companies to re-identify the median employee and the circumstances under which it’s not required but a good idea.

Published: September 2018
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Year-Over-Year Executive Compensation Trends to Help You Plan for 2019

As we approach the end of the year and companies are busy preparing compensation plans for 2019, we wanted to dig a little deeper and share the year-over-year executive compensation trends among various job families across different components of pay.

Published: September 2018
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