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Compensation Tips for Global Expansion

Companies looking to expand their global footprint must wrap their arms around the complexity and multifaceted nature of compensation and incentive design. All too often, companies replicate their headquartered company policies as they expand, which can lead to a host of problems. In this article, we tackle some of the complexities of global pay practices and policies to assist businesses that are expanding internationally.

Published: July 2019
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2019 Pay Trends: First Look at CEO Compensation

The topic of CEO compensation can evoke provocative headlines to stir controversy, but the data can be misleading and especially problematic for companies that use this data for benchmarking pay against peers.

Published: June 2019
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Policies for Managing Pay in Volatile Markets

We interviewed leading multinationals in the technology industry to understand what policies are in place and what lessons they have learned when handling volatile external situations.

Published: May 2019
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Broad Corporate Governance Changes Proposed in Canada

The federal government of Canada introduced Bill C-97, which proposed several important amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA).

Published: May 2019
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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Compensation Survey

The key to selecting the appropriate survey for your company is to know the right questions to ask and to ensure the survey is tailored to your company’s needs.

Published: May 2019
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5 Reasons to Revisit Your Job Architecture

More companies are making changes to their job architecture in response to market forces – from pay equity to rapid growth. We explain how to determine if your structures need a facelift.

Published: May 2019
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Technology Wage Growth in Other Regions of the UK is Catching Up to London. Why It Matters.

Inner London may continue to be the central hub within a thriving UK tech sector, but other regional hot spots for tech talent are close on its heels.

Published: May 2019
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The Era of Low ESPP Participation Is Over

Aon has partnered with Carver Edison to aid plan sponsors in understanding the impact to financial reporting, tax accounting and company balance sheet of a Carver Edison ESPP as compared to a traditional ESPP.

Published: March 2019
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Sizing the SaaS Sales Organization for Growth

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for how to best scale sales organizations for private software companies, but there are benchmarks and proven approaches to scale cost-effectively.

Published: March 2019
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Glass Lewis Updates Proxy Reports to Reflect Sustainability Metrics and Corporate Meetings

Glass Lewis made notable updates to its 2019 proxy season reports, including analyzing how new sustainability standards impact issuers and disclosing whether it has met with a company.

Published: March 2019
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Getting Ready for Proxy Season 2019

The executive compensation planning process gets more complex each year thanks to a steady stream of new regulations, proxy advisory firm updates or activist investor demands. For many companies, preparing proxies is top of mind this time of year. That includes learning how your executives’ pay stacks up to that of your peers and managing your company’s equity share pool and dilution. Aon’s Compensation Governance Pro (CG Pro) empowers you to more effectively manage the activities necessary to remain competitive, compliant and within budget. Let us help your company prepare for the upcoming proxy season and beyond.

Published: March 2019
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Developing a Winning People Strategy for New Types of Technology Jobs at Retail Companies

As retail companies rapidly integrate technology-related jobs to their workforce, they find hiring and retaining people with these skills requires re-examining their rewards structures.

Published: March 2019
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Year-Over-Year Trends in Board of Director Pay

Our latest findings show that after barely moving the needle last year, board of director total compensation rose 6% this year.

Published: February 2019
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How to Use Employee Mobility Data to Uncover Potential Problems in Your Workforce

Assessing and understanding employee mobility within a business is essential for unlocking insights into your workforce and organizational structure. We outline our latest research on employee mobility in the technology sector to illustrate how this analysis can benefit all companies.

Published: February 2019
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Investors See Expanded Role for Boards of Directors in Overseeing Corporate Culture

As part of their annual shareholder engagement, State Street and BlackRock are urging boards to do more in overseeing corporate culture; this vision would greatly expand the traditional role of boards and continue to elevate ESG issues.

Published: February 2019
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Building a Sustainable Rewards Program as Your Startup Matures: Lessons in Asia

With a robust startup market across Asia, it’s never too early to think about your workforce infrastructure and how it is expected to evolve as your organization matures. When designing a sustainable rewards program there are six key topics to consider, which this article examines in detail. 

Published: January 2019
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How the SEC’s Hedging Disclosure Rule Will Impact Public Companies

The SEC finalized a long-awaited hedging rule from the Dodd-Frank Act in December 2018. The rule requires disclosure of companies’ anti-hedging policies for all employees. We explain how companies need to comply.

Published: January 2019
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It’s Time for HR to Become More Involved in Setting Sales Quotas. Here’s How.

HR professionals need to know how their company’s sales quotas shape the employee value proposition and contribute to competitive earnings and cost-of-sale measures. By becoming more involved in the quota-setting process, HR leaders will help better position the company against the headwinds of high turnover and a tightening talent pool.

Published: January 2019
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Keep Pay Structures Current Using This Job Leveling Methodology

Companies that want to build or maintain competitive pay structures must have access to the right data and tools. But rapidly changing job roles in the era of digital disruption are prompting many companies to revisit their job evaluation system.

Published: January 2019
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IRS Clarifies Tax Law Provision that Could Benefit Private Company Employees

The IRS recently released guidance about the applicability of a provision in the 2017 tax bill that could benefit employees at private companies who receive equity awards. The guidance specifies the conditions for employees to be eligible for tax relief and the responsibilities of private companies.

Published: January 2019
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Technology Companies Pay New Hires More Than Current Employees for Key Job Roles

Salaries for newly hired mid-level professionals at technology companies are higher, on average, compared to incumbent employees. This raises concerns about retaining talent and unintentionally creating, or worsening, internal pay equity gaps.  

Published: January 2019
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ISS Policy Changes May Make It Harder for Some Companies to Obtain Equity Share Approval

ISS has clarified how it will implement changes to its Equity Plan Scorecard and released updated burn rate tables. The changes could make it harder for some companies to win approval for new shares or receive approval for as many shares as in the past.

Published: January 2019
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Benchmarking Pay Data for Key Technology Executives

The roles of Chief Analytics Officer and Chief Data Officer have emerged as key roles at today’s leading organizations. We’ll break down pay trends we’re seeing for these emerging roles using Aon's TCM database.

Published: January 2019
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What Public Companies Should Know About New Standards for ESG Disclosure

A significant number of investment managers have pledged support for new industry-specific environmental, social and governance reporting standards for public companies that were recently published by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. At a minimum, a company should be conversant in the SASB standards for its industry and assess to what extent it believes the standards are relevant to the company.

Published: December 2018
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Year-in-Review: Top 5 Rewards Articles of 2018

So much has happened in 2018 – have you taken the time to sit back and reflect? As the year winds down, we’ve compiled this list of the top rewards-related articles your peers have been reading so you can dive in and catch up (if you haven’t already).

Published: December 2018
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8 Ways to Simplify Your Executive Compensation Planning Season in 2019

If you’re not careful, you might wind up spending so much time pulling data from multiple sources and crunching numbers that you don’t have the time to step back and think strategically about your executive compensation plans.

Published: December 2018
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Simplify Executive Compensation With Must-Know Insights on Incentive Plan Design

As companies begin to develop incentive plan performance targets and ranges for the next cycle, it is important to recognize that aligning incentive plan payouts with a range of performance measures requires extensive and thoughtful analysis. 

Published: December 2018
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ISS Clarifies 2019 Compensation Policy Updates

Similar to prior years, ISS has provided clarification regarding several of its compensation-related policies through a supplemental FAQ document. The FAQs address several important compensation policies, which we summarize in this alert.

Published: November 2018
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Hiring Tips for the Hottest Cyber Security Jobs

Aon's 2018 Global Cyber Security Talent Survey sheds light on the latest trends and insights impacting the hiring of cyber security talent around the world.

Published: November 2018
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Mandatory Post-Vest Holding Periods on ESPPs

Despite potential drawbacks, some companies have expressed an interest in adopting mandatory holding periods for their employee stock purchase plan because it gives them the ability to apply a discount for illiquidity to the fair value of the ESPP. We explain how to estimate the fair value for an ESPP with a mandatory holding period.

Published: November 2018
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