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Don’t Let Stale Survey Data Keep You from Being Competitive

With so many different types of compensation survey providers in the market— including a growing list of online, crowdsourced data sources— how do you know which ones are right for you? Our article outlines the pros and cons of different survey types and how to use survey data to its full potential.

Published: March 2018
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5 Highlights from Pay Insights in 2017

Looking back on the blog posts from 2017 that have resonated best with readers, we see one common denominator. The most interesting stories are the ones with practical advice on how to make the compensation data actionable. Here are five topics that seemed to play well throughout 2017 where the insights provided useable information.

Published: March 2018
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5 Tips for Communicating Salary Review Decisions

To help you strike a better balance and get the most out of your compensation spend, we’ve put together these 5 tips to communicating salary review decisions.

Published: February 2018
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Brazil’s New Labor Law Grants Employers More Flexibility in Their Hiring and Pay Programs

While companies are right to take a wait-and-see approach as Brazilian courts iron out key grey areas in the country’s new labor laws, taking time now to plan for change is prudent. After all, the new laws are widely expected to give companies more flexibility in their hiring and remuneration policies going forward.

Published: February 2018
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Top 4 Reasons to Develop a Global Job Leveling Framework

Based on the amount of activity and interest we see from clients and prospects, there seems to be a hunger for wanting to know more about the rationale and benefits for having a global job leveling framework.  Here are four of the top reasons we see.

Published: January 2018
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Why Does Having a Good Severance Plan Matter?

Having a competitive severance plan can help you maintain an engaged and productive workforce as you move through whatever transition your organization faces.

Published: January 2018
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Will Passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act Result in Higher Wages?

Companies are asking now about what immediate impact the tax reform will have on their 2018 salary budgets.

Published: January 2018
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Proposed Tax Bill Retains Some Provisions that Impact Exec Pay; Here’s What You Should Know

The tax overhaul bill being debated in the US Congress would make changes to the tax deductibility of performance-based compensation for named executive officers, including the CFO. Follow our client alert to stay informed on how the bill affects executive compensation as the legislation moves through Congress.

Published: November 2017
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Maternity Matters: What India’s Amended Maternity Benefit Act Means for Companies

Thanks to recent amendments to its maternity benefits law, India now ranks among the top countries for longest paid maternity leave. Our client alert explains what the new law changes and how companies are beginning to comply.

Published: November 2017
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Radford’s Approach to Valuing Equity Compensation

Designing effective equity programs is one of the most important roles for human resources and compensation professionals. But before companies can design an effective equity program they need to gather market data and have a common methodology for valuing that data.

Published: October 2017
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Revisiting 13th and 14th Month Bonus Rules in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia

Around the world, from Latin America to Europe to Africa to Asia, 13th and 14th month bonuses are a fairly common practice. Yet, the rules of the road vary widely from country to country, making compliance a challenge for HR teams. Our latest article examines current requirements and practices in more than 45 nations.

Published: September 2017
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UK Gender Pay Reporting Law Provides an Opportunity to Strengthen Rewards Programs

In an effort to close the gender pay gap, the UK government’s Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations go into effect in April 2017. Our new client alert provides tips for compliance as well as voluntary measures all companies can take to proactively address potential inequalities in their rewards programs.

Published: March 2017
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How to Approach Peer Groups below the C-Suite

Developing peer groups for non-executives and executives isn’t an apples to apples exercise. When looking at your broader employee population, market dynamics, such as industry convergence, telecommuting, and casting a wider geographic net to fill hot jobs, requires you to have a deep understanding of regional pay differences and practices.

Published: February 2017
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CEO Pay Ratio Rule in the Crosshairs of Congress, SEC; Relief Could be Slow

The future of the Dodd-Frank CEO pay ratio rule grows less certain by the day. The SEC recently opened a 45-day comment period for issuers to report on difficulties encountered while trying to comply with the rule. The agency said it was considering delaying or amending the disclosure, and meanwhile, Congress is working toward a full repeal. But the clock is ticking until the rule goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Published: February 2017
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How Will the Changes to ASC 718 Impact the Way Your Company Expenses Its Equity Awards?

On March 30, 2016, FASB released the final version of the updates to Accounting Standards Codification Topic 718: Compensation-Stock Compensation (“ASC 718”). The update includes an option on how a company may account for forfeitures in its expense amortization.

Published: December 2016
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Not all Sales Plans are Created Equal. Effective Employee Communication Is.

In the September 2016 issue of WorldatWork's Sales Compensation Focus newsletter, Radford's Scott Barton discusses how to get buy-in from your sales team when rolling out a new sales compensation plan.

Published: October 2016
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Illiquidity Discounts for Mandatory Holding Periods: Fact vs. Fiction

Recent statements by an SEC official triggered erroneous media accounts that companies might be overstating illiquidity discounts for equity awards with mandatory holding periods. We sought clarification from the SEC and separate fact from fiction in our latest client alert.

Published: August 2016
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House Financial Services Committee Revives Bill that Would Regulate ISS, Glass Lewis

The House Financial Services Committee passed two separate bills this month that would have a direct impact on executive compensation voting policies and disclosure regimes. While there is a good chance neither bill will make it out of the full House during this election term, the bills shed insight on the political focus of the Committee.

Published: July 2016
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Employee Turnover Slows in Brazil, Even as the Tech Sector Remains an Economic Bright Spot

Voluntary employee turnover at technology companies in Brazil has slowed for the past four years, suggesting limited job opportunities amid the country's political and economic crisis. However, if we peel back the layers, we find sales employee turnover has rebounded in the past year and the Brazilian startup scene is attracting government support and foreign investment.

Published: June 2016
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The Unexpected Tax Benefits of Post-Vest Holding Requirements in Canada

Share awards subject to post-vest holding requirements are an emerging trend in the US, and we think it won't be long before the practice takes root in Canada. In Canada, companies aren't the only ones who stand to save money from post-vest holding requirements— employees are also eligible to receive additional tax benefits. Our article explains how these tax benefits are applied under multiple scenarios.

Published: May 2016
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How to Calculate Pay vs. Performance under the SEC's Proposed New Rules

It's been a year since the SEC proposed pay-vs-performance disclosure rules. While the rules haven't been finalized, it's not too early to think about model disclosure. Laying the groundwork will make implementation easier and can enhance the narrative around what the new figures mean. In our article, we explain what the proposed rules would require and pathways toward compliance.

Published: April 2016
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Defining What's 'Good' in a Sales Comp Plan

In the March 2016 issue of WorldatWork's Sales Compensation Focus newsletter, Radford's Scott Barton discusses how to define success for your sales team and put in place the right mechanisms for testing your sales compensation plan around those performance benchmarks.

Published: April 2016
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A New S&P Policy Change Requires Vigilance in Measuring Indexed TSR Plan Performance

The prevalence of indexed performance equity plans has skyrocketed in recent years, but a new policy change by Standard & Poor's means that the number of stocks companies benchmark against can exceed the number of companies in the S&P 500. The requires companies to review their indexed plans if they want each company to receive equal weighting.

Published: March 2016
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The Link Between Employee Communication and Equity Plan Performance

Performance-based equity plans, especially those with Relative TSR metrics, can be complex. This makes effective employee communication a key ingredient for success. To test this premise, our Equity Services team has once again surveyed PeerTracker clients to explore the link between plan communication and performance.

Published: January 2016
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The Aon Hewitt Multiple-Point Binomial Model: A More Precise Approach to Option Expensing

Rather than assuming that all employees have homogenous option exercise behaviors, the Aon Hewitt Multiple-Point Binomial Model considers the unique exercise activity of employee groups. This results in greater modeling flexibility and more accurate fair value calculations.

Published: December 2015
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Navigating ISS' 2016 Compensation and Governance Policy Changes

ISS' updated 2016 policies have arrived. The proxy advisory firm made modifications to its equity plan scorecard system, limited the number of outside boards it recommends directors and CEOs can serve on, and implemented new governance recommendations for recently public companies.

Published: December 2015
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Glass Lewis Clarifies Its Approach to One-Off Equity Awards for Executive Officers

In recent years, off-cycle equity grants for executives have received increased scrutiny from proxy advisory firms. Glass Lewis' latest proxy voting policies finally provide issuers with much-needed guidance on how Glass Lewis intends to evaluate such awards going forward. This could have a big impact on upcoming say-on-pay votes.

Published: November 2015
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Glass Lewis Updates Its US Compensation & Governance Policies for the 2016 Proxy Season

On November 13, 2015, Glass Lewis released its 2016 proxy season policy updates for the US market. In this client alert, we summarize key compensation and governance updates, and provide commentary from experts across Aon Hewitt on potential challenges for issuers.

Published: November 2015
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ISS Seeks Lower Limits on Number of Boards on Which Directors and CEOs Can Serve

If implemented, ISS's new limits will have a big impact on CEOs who sit on more than one outside board, and professional directors who serve on four or five boards.

Published: November 2015
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Seeking a New Share Authorization? Don't Ignore the Shifting Governance Environment.

ISS' new method of evaluating employee equity plans, in additional to evolving institutional investor policies, could make passage of your plan more difficult. We analyze the issues around share authorization plans that matter to various constituents.

Published: November 2015
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