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New SEC Rules Could Alter the Proxy Voting Process; Here’s What Companies Should Know

Although uncertain, there are several potential implications of the new SEC rules — from raising the importance of company statements in response to a proxy firm’s recommendations to a lag in proxy voting, resulting in less visibility of potential voting outcomes. In any case, effective shareholder communication will be more important than ever.

Published: August 2020
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Addressing Gender Pay Gaps in the U.K.: Looking Backward to Move Forward

As the economy and businesses in the U.K. head towards COVID-19 recovery, many firms are reviewing their rewards strategies, including reassessing their approach to gender equality and pay gap reporting.

Published: August 2020
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Business Conditions in China Show Signs of Recovery, but Job Opportunities Remain Limited

Companies in China are showing an improved outlook for growth in the second quarter of the year compared to the first quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic became more contained. However, employee turnover and college recruitment remain much lower.

Published: August 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Challenges and Solutions for a Virtual Workforce

For many industries, the trend toward going virtual has greatly accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing firms to reevaluate the future of work — from having more diverse talent pools to addressing geographic pay differentials and increased competition. This Q&A offers insights and advice for successfully managing remote employees, while also exploring its direct impact on hiring decisions, diversity and pay.

Published: August 2020
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ISS Releases 2021 Policy Survey: Key Topics and Questions to Consider

ISS is collecting shareholder feedback on potential changes for its global voting policies in 2021. Here’s a summary of core topics and questions included.

Published: August 2020
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A Framework for Making Executive Compensation Changes in 2020 and Beyond

With many firms evaluating mid-cycle adjustments to pay given the business uncertainty, boards and executive compensation professionals must prepare now to make decisions on short- and long-term incentives. Learn about our framework for an integrated approach.

Published: August 2020
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Pandemic Salary Cuts are Being Restored – But Not for Every Company

Some companies, seeing a slightly improved business outlook, are lifting temporary pay reductions for senior leaders and broad-based employees. Here are the latest actions businesses have taken and what to consider when determining the right time to restore pay.

Published: July 2020
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Rethinking Equity Compensation in Response to COVID-19: Upcoming Grants

There are many considerations when granting new awards in this environment — changing vehicles, selection of metrics and evaluating performance thresholds. Here’s what companies need to think through when determining when and how to execute upcoming grants.

Published: July 2020
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Egalité salariale – comprendre les enjeux pour réussir

La loi du 5 septembre 2018 « pour la liberté de choisir son avenir professionnel » et son décret d’application du 8 janvier 2019 ont fixé de nouvelles exigences en matière d’égalité salariale entre les femmes et les hommes. Pour réussir votre politique d'égalité salariale entre les femmes et les hommes, certains facteurs doivent être pris en compte.

Published: July 2020
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When It Comes to Pay Equity, Balancing Effective Compensation Policy With Legal Considerations Is No Easy Feat

Using our survey database, we tested several popular approaches for conducting pay equity analyses to determine which models yield more accurate and actionable insights to drive sustainable change.

Published: July 2020
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Back to the Basics: Sustaining Organizations in Asia in the New Normal

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, firms in Asia were adapting their workforce strategies to ensure a better position for the future of work. However, disruption from the crisis has caused many organizations to go back to the drawing board and reset their strategies.

Published: July 2020
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It’s Time to Update Executive Stock Ownership Guidelines for the Current Environment

During stock market volatility, many executives may find that they are no longer compliant with stock ownership guidelines. However, there are two design provisions you can add that will make ownership guidelines more resilient against an economic downturn.

Published: July 2020
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With Public and Private Firms Competing for Talent, Have Executive Pay Packages Changed?

CEO compensation is vastly different at public and private companies — from the total amount of pay to the way it’s structured. As both types of organizations increasingly compete for talent, understanding these differences is important to attract and retain executives.

Published: July 2020
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Tips to Evaluate Discretionary Action for Executive Incentives in Australia

Examining the role of board discretion in determining executive incentive payouts for Australian firms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and considerations for FY21 incentive plans.

Published: July 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: The Pay Equity Landscape in Europe Continues to Evolve

As the world’s heightened focus on equality and fairness continues to grow, conducting pay equity analyses and implementing more transparent communications with employees over how their compensation is determined is becoming even more important. This Q&A offers insights into what’s new, what we have learned and where pay equity legislation is headed for firms across Europe.

Published: July 2020
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For Companies in Malaysia, a Virtual Workforce is Prompting New Leadership Models and Ways of Measuring Productivity

During a recent webcast in Malaysia with Propay Partners, our experts discussed how business leaders are rethinking workforce models in the wake of a more virtual workforce.

Published: July 2020
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Why Investing Time in Survey Benchmarking Now Will Pay Off Later

Putting effort into benchmarking your firm’s pay against relevant industry peers will make long-term compensation planning more effective.

Published: June 2020
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Businesses in Distress or Filing Bankruptcy Should Reassess Compensation Arrangements

The wave of companies operating in distress or under bankruptcy protection due to a global economic slowdown should consider rules and best practices for employee and executive pay.

Published: June 2020
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Facing a Cash Crunch, European Startups Rethink Their Approach to Equity Compensation

European startups have relied heavily on cash compensation to attract key talent, but in the current environment, this approach is unsustainable. To conserve cash, some firms are initiating exchange programs and exploring greater use of equity incentives.

Published: June 2020
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Adjusting to a New Normal: It’s Time for HR to Rethink Workforce Metrics

The current health and economic crisis has upended the way we do work and requires organizations to go beyond everyday HR metrics to optimize costs and drive growth during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin the work, start with these key workforce metrics.

Published: June 2020
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Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on TSR Metrics for Australian Firms

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the market volatility it has created, shines a light on some of the pitfalls of using relative total shareholder return metrics in incentive plans. Here’s how companies in Australia can respond to make their plans even stronger.

Published: June 2020
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Navigating Incentive Decisions in Times of Uncertainty in Southeast Asia and Beyond

Firms should proactively start thinking about adjusting their short- and long-term incentive schemes to better prepare for an uncertain economic future and ensure they are well- positioned for the road to recovery.

Published: June 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Using Data to Make Informed Decisions in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian challenge. However, its impact on the global economy, businesses and their workforces is also vastly changing the world around us. This Q&A offers insights from our pulse survey results, focusing on ways firms can use data to support their business for the new normal.

Published: June 2020
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Back to the Future: Three Ways to Calibrate Your Sales Force to Survive a Downturn and Pursue Future Growth

During an economic downturn, sales leaders should place their energy into three critical focus areas to limit business erosion and support the development of long-term growth strategies.

Published: June 2020
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To Create a Win-Win Total Rewards Strategy, Start by Understanding Employee Preferences

Where should business and HR leaders start when they see an opportunity to rethink their total rewards strategy? Survey your employees to determine what they value most.

Published: June 2020
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Today’s Crises Will Test Corporate Boards; Here Are Five Ways to Build Resiliency

Given the enormous risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and a renewed focus on social justice issues across the United States and globe, boards that have begun to address ESG issues in a material fashion will be better positioned to navigate current and future challenges. Below, we examine five steps boards can take to ensure they have the right processes in place. 

Published: June 2020
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Rethinking Equity Compensation in Response to COVID-19: Addressing Outstanding Grants

As firms consider ways to adjust employee pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic slowdown, the decision points around addressing outstanding equity awards are especially complex. Here are factors to consider by type of equity vehicle.

Published: June 2020
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What’s Next for Rewards and Workforce Planning in the Australian Property Industry

For Australia’s largest business sector – the property industry – the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will be significant, both in the near- and long-term.

Published: June 2020
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Employers Are Doing Their Best to Avoid Layoffs

Originally published in WorldatWork’s Workspan Daily, Aon’s Liz Snyder and Brooke Green discuss strategies for managing costs to avoid layoffs or furloughs in the economic downturn.

Published: June 2020
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In Early Public Filings, Many U.K. Companies Adjust Rewards and Suspend Stock Buybacks

As 2020 Annual General Meetings enter into full swing in the U.K., we analysed early public disclosures on how FTSE 350 companies are addressing the economic impact of COVID-19.
 

Published: May 2020
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