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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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Case Study: Redesigning Total Rewards for Technology Roles at a Global Retail Company

To keep up with advancing technology and consumer demands, a large global retail company seeks guidance for growing its technology leadership to support critical future initiatives.

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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As Technology Firms Move to Adjust Rewards and Workforce Plans, Lessons Can Be Learned from Prior Downturns

While the COVID-19 pandemic is unique, lessons can be learned from the Great Recession to manage this crisis. Below, we examine the rewards and workforce changes large technology firms made before, during and after the 2008-09 recession to see what can be applied today.

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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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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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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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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For HR Leaders at Technology Firms, COVID-19 Means Preparing for Multiple Scenarios

While technology firms are acting very quickly to support workers in the face of COVID-19 through enhanced leave policies and special stipends, most firms are taking time to monitor market signals before making substantial changes to their core compensation programs.

Published: April 2020
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In Response to COVID-19, HR Leaders Must Keep Life Sciences Firms Moving Forward

Whether your life sciences firm is on the front lines of responding to COVID-19 or not, delivering life-saving discoveries remains as important as ever. For HR and rewards leaders, this means moving swiftly to keep workers as safe and productive as possible.

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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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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Life Sciences Sector Struggles to Maintain Consistency for Scientific Job Titles

A lack of control on the qualifications needed to be called a scientist is causing widespread issues throughout the life sciences sector. Here’s how to manage your job titles effectively.

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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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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