A Framework for Tying ESG Metrics to Executive Compensation Plans

As the importance of ESG metrics continues to rise, what key factors should companies consider before incorporating them into their executive compensation programs? This article highlights useful steps to take to ensure your business is prepared to evolve pay design.

Published: June 2021
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With Minimum Wages Increasing in the U.S., What is the Outlook for the Retail Labor Market?

As COVID-19 recovery continues and local minimum wage laws increase, we examine the impact on the retail market to assist business leaders as they consider how to optimally structure and reward their workforce.

Published: April 2021
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Talent Recruitment Has Changed: What it Means for Peer Groups, Benchmarking and Employee Experience

The increase in remote working has opened more labor pools across regions while also driving greater competition for the same talent. Here are three areas firms should re-examine to attract new hires.

Published: April 2021
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Top Three Human Capital Issues Companies Should Consider As They Prepare To Go Public

First published in CB Insights, Aon’s Kyle Holm explains new key priorities within workforce management that private firms should consider when planning to go public.

Published: April 2021
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Why Your Credit Union Compensation Philosophy Needs an Upgrade

Asking the right core questions when establishing a compensation philosophy will help align rewards to business goals, which is essential in an increasingly competitive talent market.

Published: March 2021
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The Spotlight: How Prepared Is Your Business to Address and Communicate Climate and Sustainability Efforts?

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting standards are at the forefront for companies across industries yet again. We recently interviewed two colleagues – Patty Errico, Head of Global Public Affairs, and Corey Green, Global Operations Leader, Global Risk Consulting to discuss the latest SEC requirements and how firms should be thinking about their environmental policies and subsequent reporting in response to rising pressures.

Published: March 2021
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The Time Has Come for a Data-Driven Approach to Optimize Total Rewards

In a recent webcast, Aon’s employee rewards experts Brooke Green and Dave Kompare discussed how rewards need to change in a post-pandemic world and why change might not be as hard as some organizations fear.

Published: March 2021
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New COVID-19 Relief Bill in the U.S. Incentivizes Paid Sick Leave, Expands 162(m) Eligibility

The new $1.9 trillion rescue bill in the United States is aimed at boosting recovery from the pandemic through provisions like extending tax incentives for paid sick leave and more.


 

Published: March 2021
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With SPAC Investors on the Hunt for Acquisitions, Startups Must Ensure Their Compensation Plans Are in Order

Before a private company signs a letter of intent with a SPAC investor, business leaders should ensure their executive compensation plans are in good standing and commit to a deeper governance audit once the deal is signed.

Published: March 2021
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Are Geographic Pay Differentials for Equity Compensation a Step Too Far?

While many firms already use geographic pay differentials for base salaries, the decision to differentiate other forms of pay by location is as pressing as ever as more employees work remotely. In particular, the question of whether or not to apply geographic differentials to equity compensation looms large. In this article, we consider the pros and cons.

Published: February 2021
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U.S. Property-Casualty Insurance Industry Trends and Outlook for 2021

This article takes a look back at the year and a look forward, highlighting profits and losses, as well as adjustments property-casualty insurance firms should make to their human capital strategies to successfully embrace agility and the future of work.

Published: February 2021
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As Pay Equity Laws Continue to Proliferate, California Passes a New Pay Disclosure Rule

A new pay data disclosure rule in California is reminder that pay equity legislation will continue to be pervasive and employers need to conduct regular pay equity audits to be prepared.

Published: January 2021
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Analysis of New Human Capital Disclosures by U.S. Public Companies

Following a new rule by the SEC last year, companies have begun disclosing details of their human capital management. Using our extensive database, we look at the types of disclosure and provide tips on effectively communicating this topic to stakeholders.

Published: January 2021
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Reflecting on 2020 Total Rewards Trends in the Life Sciences Sector With a Look Ahead

During a recent webcast, our life sciences industry experts shared data and insights on trends in the area of digital skills, incentive plans, location-based pay and performance management.

Published: December 2020
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Answering Your Top Credit Union Compensation Questions

With year-end planning in full swing, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on this past year and the impact of COVID-19 on CEO and director compensation. Here are your top questions answered.

Published: December 2020
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Developments in Board Diversity: Engagement, Disclosure, Proxy Voting, Listing Requirements and Litigation

Stakeholders are increasingly interested in how companies are improving the diversity of their boards. That interest is being reflected in the form of proxy voting, litigation and regulation. Here’s what companies should know and how they can be proactive in addressing this issue.

Published: December 2020
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New Disclosure Rules Bring Increased Transparency to Human Capital Management

A new SEC rule requires U.S. public companies to disclose factors that are material to driving and impacting human capital. We recommend firms define an intentional human capital management strategy that is clear and measurable before communicating outward.

Published: December 2020
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Rewards Outlook: Wealth Management and the Role of Modeling

This article explains why U.S. wealth management firms need to factor in business performance when evaluating the balance between affordability of pay programs and retention of key talent.
 

Published: December 2020
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The Spotlight: Setting the Bar for Proxy Disclosures with Glass Lewis

Between health and safety concerns, economic uncertainty and a heightened focus on social justice, businesses are tackling new human capital challenges and initiatives this year and into the future. This is important to consider as investors and their advisers evaluate board progress on overseeing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as perennial hot topics like executive compensation. This Q&A explores how Glass Lewis is approaching proxy statement review, what they will be focusing on in the current climate and how firms are setting the bar higher for inclusion and diversity in 2021 and beyond.

Published: December 2020
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ISS Releases Policy Updates Covering Board Diversity and Accountability

ISS has finalized its 2021 policy updates that cover board composition, shareholder proposals and more. The updates do not include executive compensation topics, which the firm will likely cover in updated FAQs next month.  

Published: November 2020
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San Francisco Passes a Tax on Companies Based on Their Executive Pay Ratio

San Francisco voters passed a new pay ratio tax this month for companies operating in city limits that becomes effective in 2022. We explain what businesses need to know.

Published: November 2020
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ISS Informs S&P 500 Companies That It Won’t Provide Draft Reports Prior to Publication

This regulatory update summarizes the broader context of ISS’ announcement, the firm’s rationale and the potential impact to proxy voting recommendations and voting outcomes.

Published: November 2020
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Understanding Discretion on Equity Plans to Avoid Future Problems

Too much discretion or exercise of upward discretion can lead to liability treatment for equity plans. This article discusses potential ramifications and ways to avoid them.

Published: November 2020
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New ISS Guidance on Pandemic-Related Pay Decisions May Influence Disclosure and Shareholder Engagement

ISS’ preliminary FAQs provide some guidance for companies preparing for the upcoming proxy season as year-end compensation and program decisions are being made.

Published: October 2020
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ISS Launches Open Comment Period for Potential 2021 Policy Updates

As part of its annual policy review and update process, ISS has issued draft 2021 policy updates for comment until October 26. While the proposed changes cover a variety of topics, they do not include executive compensation for the second consecutive year.

Published: October 2020
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Retail Sector Wages Are Rising Due to Higher Employee Turnover and e-Commerce Demand

With employee turnover rising among retailers, businesses must closely benchmark pay as they look to replace workers and, in some cases, ramp up hiring plans.

Published: October 2020
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The Latest Trends in Incentive Plan Design as Firms Adjust Plans Amid Uncertainty

In today’s uncertain environment, many companies are actively considering new approaches to mitigate performance and payout volatility, including the use of non-financial metrics, individual performance, widening performance ranges and flattening pay curves.

Published: October 2020
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Location-Based Pay Heats Up as Workforces Remain Remote

As companies develop a comprehensive approach to managing their talent remotely, they need to examine many areas, including adjusting rewards for location, redefining the employee value proposition and delivering on inclusion and diversity through different hiring opportunities.

Published: October 2020
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Key Compensation Issues for Banks in a Turbulent Market

This article, first appearing in Bank Director, highlights the impact of COVID-19 on executive compensation decisions for banks and how incentive plans will need to be adjusted.

Published: October 2020
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ESG Groups Form Partnership to Create Framework for Corporate Disclosure of Sustainability Metrics

With ESG issues gaining prominence among institutional investors, there is a need in the market for standards to evaluate how organizations are addressing these issues.

Published: September 2020
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