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Exploring Key Differences in Private vs. Public Board of Director Pay as the Market Turns

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are making significant changes to executive compensation and employee rewards, often with significant board of director oversight. Thus, we can expect boards to quickly come under the microscope for their own pay levels. This makes understanding today’s baseline for pay all the more critical.

Published: May 2020
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To Conserve Cash, a Growing Number of U.S. Companies are Adjusting CEO and Board Pay

As the scale and severity of the COVID-19 crisis deepens, business leaders are taking pay cuts to preserve cash and protect jobs. Using our database, we examine the depth of the pay cuts, industries most impacted and what leaders should consider before acting.

Published: May 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Rethinking Your Incentive Strategy as the Market Turns

In our current state of market volatility, we are left with the fundamental question: How do we manage compensation in the current environment? This Q&A offers insights from the voices of our executive compensation and corporate governance leaders into what we are hearing from clients, key considerations for your business and principle approaches firms should be taking to effectively sustain their business.

Published: May 2020
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Venture-Backed Companies Face Difficult Compensation and Workforce Decisions

We recently connected with two dozen senior venture capital talent partners to learn more about how they are working closely with portfolio companies to address employee concerns, manage cash flow through equity exchanges, redeploy workforces and adjust sales plans.

Published: May 2020
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Glass Lewis Will Incorporate “Unedited” Company Feedback into Proxy Voting Reports

Glass Lewis gives companies the last word with its latest update permitting unedited company feedback in voting reports.

Published: April 2020
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Australian Insurance Firms Adjust Rewards and Workforce Plans for a Changing Economy

With Australian insurers already facing headwinds prior to COVID-19, firms are rapidly adjusting rewards and hiring plans amid economic turmoil and uncertain times ahead.

Published: April 2020
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How Common are Employee Stock Purchase Plans? It Varies Widely by Demographics.

While ESPPs are well known, there is a lack of data on just how common they are. Our new research can help firms decide if they should offer one based on industry, region and size.

Published: April 2020
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Proxy Advisors Issue Guidance on Executive Pay and Governance Changes Due to COVID-19

ISS and Glass Lewis announce updated guidelines on how they will evaluate governance policies — from compensation changes to dividend payouts — in this changing environment.

Published: April 2020
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How Companies Should Prepare for Expanded Unemployment, Health Benefits in CARES Act

The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, increases unemployment insurance, potentially making it difficult to hire workers. The law also expands health coverage, from reimbursing medication to covering COVID-19 testing. Here’s how companies should prepare.

Published: April 2020
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Understanding New SEC Guidance for Virtual Meetings and Filing Delays Due to COVID-19

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many issuers are holding virtual shareholder meetings for the first time. New SEC guidance addresses how firms should approach this change and also offers some filing relief related to the virus.  

Published: April 2020
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The CARES Act Offers U.S. Companies Relief, but Not Without New Limits on Executive Pay

The new CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, will affect executive compensation in a variety of ways. In this article, we describe potential impacts and what companies need to consider before accepting economic relief.

Published: April 2020
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Managing Sales Compensation Amidst Growing Economic Uncertainty and Volatility

As the humanitarian and economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to grow, organizations are actively reevaluating their business plans and sales targets. Below, our experts share insights on the warning signs to look for, along with short-term actions you can take to relieve pressure.

Published: April 2020
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COVID-19 Creates Unique Compensation Challenges for Retail and e-Commerce Firms

From keeping warehouses and supply chains running safely to adjusting pay for employees interacting with the public to supporting workers furloughed due to store closures, retail and e-commerce firms face a range of compensation challenges not shared in many other sectors.

Published: March 2020
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Considerations for Your Total Rewards Strategy in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic creates a wide range of challenges for business leaders to consider. When it comes to total rewards, here are the key issues to address. 

Published: March 2020
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Navigating the Growing Patchwork of Pay Equity Laws Across the United States

From California to New York, here’s a roundup of leading fair pay laws in the U.S., and tips for balancing local regulation with global consistency to promote shared standards within your firm.

Published: March 2020
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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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Creating a High-Performance Sales Force by Avoiding Common Roadblocks

Sales is critical to a company’s success, but so many things can go wrong with the way it is organized. We outline how organizations can overcome common roadblocks to success.

Published: February 2020
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For an Effective Job Levelling Approach, Follow These Five Steps

Job levelling is an important component for managing rewards structures. But many firms try to force a method rather than adapting the process for what fits the needs of their business.

Published: February 2020
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Understanding the Evolution of Equity Compensation at Private Companies

Well-managed HR processes are key ingredient to successfully navigating high growth at private companies. In this article, we focus on benchmarks around equity compensation.

Published: January 2020
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8 Reasons Your Sales Compensation Plans are Not Working

How can firms avoid common pitfalls plaguing their sales compensation structures? In this article, we highlight the top reasons your plan may not be working.

Published: December 2019
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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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Why More Companies are Turning to Skill-Based Compensation Programs

One way to ensure your workforce has the skills it needs today and into the future is to adopt a skill-based compensation program, which encourages employees to acquire new training for specialized skills by offering temporary bonuses. In this article, we explain how to get started.

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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Journey to the Center of Pay Equity: Using Technology to Improve Transparency

This article, first published in WorldatWork’s Workspan magazine, dives into the complexities around the issue of pay equity and how organizations can move toward more transparency.

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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