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Equal Pay Laws Shine Light on Difficulty of Defining “Equal”

The principles around gender pay equity sound basic: men and women should receive the same amount of pay for equal or similar work. However, when examining the California Fair Pay Act— one of many pieces of equal pay legislation that has swept the globe— it turns out that the implementation of this idea is anything but simple.

Published: November 2018
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How to Save Money on Your ESPP

Employee Stock Purchase Plans are gaining in popularity, however, the valuation techniques used to derive accounting fair values can be complex and often misunderstood. Fortunately, with a better understanding of the valuation mechanics, there are ways to more accurately value ESPPs that also reduce the expense. 

Published: November 2018
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What We Learned from CEO Pay Ratio Exemptions

The CEO pay ratio rule allows three types of employee exemptions from calculating the pay of the median employee. With the first year of disclosures mostly behind us, we take a close look at how these exemptions were used and whether they proved beneficial for companies.

Published: November 2018
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Determining the Fair Value of Your ESPP

Companies’ Employee Stock Purchase Plans can have myriad structures and features. The fair value of an ESPP depends on both the structure of the plan and the economic assumptions used in the valuation model. We explain how to get started calculating the fair value of your ESPP.

Published: November 2018
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A Glimpse Into the Rising Popularity — and Shifting Nature of — Variable Pay Plans

Variable pay plans continue to be a critical component of many organizations’ total rewards package as traditional merit increase budgets remain at record low levels. 

Published: November 2018
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Fewer Sales Organizations are Offering Car Allowance Plans Across the Globe

Even while declining in popularity, car allowance plans for sales employees are still a majority practice in many markets. We examine the latest trends in plan prevalence and eligibility using Radford Global Sales Survey data and offer tips for technology and life sciences companies reconsidering their car policies. 

Published: November 2018
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ISS, Glass Lewis Issue 2019 Policy Updates with Focus on Pay-for-Performance and Diversity

ISS' newly released draft policy updates for 2019 would swap GAAP metrics for EVA and adopt a voting standard around board diversity. Glass Lewis’ final policies are extensive in both compensation and corporate governance topics. We explain what the updates entail. 

Published: November 2018
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How Long-Term Performance Plan Metrics Are Evolving in the Technology Sector

The elimination of 162(m) in the tax bill provides an opening for a new era in long-term incentive metrics. We analyze the direction incentive metrics are headed and what companies in different technology industries should think about with an eye toward the future.

Published: November 2018
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Attract and Retain Seasonal Non-Exempt and Hourly Workers Using Micro-Market Pay Data

It’s more crucial than ever to understand how to attract and retain non-exempt and hourly workers for the busy holiday season and beyond using micro-market pay data.

Published: November 2018
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Understanding the Impact of Performance Ratings in Differentiating Pay

With an increased focus both internally and externally on pay for performance, we examine how companies with different performance ratings systems are optimizing their merit budget.

Published: October 2018
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2018 Global Mobility Survey Sheds Light on the Future of International Assignments

Here are seven key findings from the study that will help as you build or evolve your own company’s global mobility strategy and policies.

Published: October 2018
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How Biotech Companies are Scaling their Workforces for High Growth

Companies experiencing high growth need to engage in smart workforce planning and examine their compensation philosophy, culture and employee experience to stay competitive. We highlight important ways emerging growth biotech companies are taking these steps.
 

Published: October 2018
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A Checklist for Fall Compensation Planning

At most companies, Fall is the start of compensation planning season. To help you prepare, Radford has developed a quick checklist for keeping your pay programs up to date.
 

Published: October 2018
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How to Improve Market Competitiveness Through Local Pay Data

We’ve developed a list of six tips to keep in mind when considering how to use geographic pay differentials.

Published: October 2018
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When Your Sales Mobility Program Is Stuck in a Compensation Rut

Internal sales mobility moves are on the rise, driven by factors such as career development. However, these situations can be complicated from a compensation standpoint. We provide tips for companies encountering these situations, including whether to adopt a formal mobility program.
 

Published: October 2018
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SEC Takes Closer Look at Conflicts of Interest at Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC has ramped up its scrutiny of proxy advisory firms when, earlier this month, the agency made the unusual decision to rescind the findings from two No Action Letters that were issued by SEC staff in 2004. The letters asserted that investment advisers could rely on proxy advisory firms’ maintenance of policies and procedures to alleviate potential conflicts of interest. We explain the potential implications of the latest action for the corporate governance community.
 

Published: September 2018
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U.S. Salary Increase Survey Projects Base Pay Will Rise, Total Cash Comp Will Drop in 2019

While overall salary may be projected to rise in 2019, however, workers in the U.S. shouldn’t expect to bring home more in total cash compensation next year.

Published: September 2018
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10 Steps to a Successful Sales Compensation Plan

Across many industries, sales compensation costs are consistently rising, while quota achievement levels continue to drop. You probably ask yourself these types of questions on a frequent basis: Do I have the right sales team in place to achieve my goals? And do I have the right measurements in place to know if my sales plan is even working? Following these 10 steps will maximize the performance of your sales force.

Published: September 2018
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What to Consider When Calculating Your CEO Pay Ratio in Year 2

Deciding whether to re-identify your median employee is a key question going into the second year of CEO pay ratio disclosures. We explain when the SEC requires companies to re-identify the median employee and the circumstances under which it’s not required but a good idea.

Published: September 2018
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Year-Over-Year Executive Compensation Trends to Help You Plan for 2019

As we approach the end of the year and companies are busy preparing compensation plans for 2019, we wanted to dig a little deeper and share the year-over-year executive compensation trends among various job families across different components of pay.

Published: September 2018
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Competitiveness of Compensation Packages Tops List of 2018 Executive Compensation Priorities

Aon’s recently released 2018 Hot Topics in Executive Compensation survey provides executive compensation professionals a pulse on what’s on the mind of other professionals in the field so you do not feel like you’re on an island.

Published: September 2018
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Robust UK Life Sciences Sector Prompts Efforts to Curb High Employee Turnover

The outlook for the UK life sciences sector is optimistic with aggressive hiring and employee turnover on the rise. This is causing firms to reinforce their efforts to retain top performers. We explain the talent and rewards strategies companies should think about.
 

Published: September 2018
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How Health and Wellness Policies Affect Employee Performance: A Case Study

Our recent work with a pharmaceutical client to quantify the impact of their health and wellness programs on performance is an example of the valuable insights people analytics can uncover. We explain our process and key takeaways in this new case study.
 

Published: September 2018
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IRS Releases Guidance Concerning Changes to Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code

New guidance from the IRS on the tax bill’s treatment of 162(m) delves into the identification of covered employees, operation of the grandfather rule and modification of a written contract. Our new alert goes into detail on the application of these changes.
 

Published: September 2018
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Benchmarking for Executive Roles? Go Beyond Proxy Data

When it comes to benchmarking executives, proxy filings provide the cleanest and most readily available data. Yet, there are times when proxy data alone isn’t comprehensive enough when analyzing compensation for certain executive roles.

Published: August 2018
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How Reporting Relationship and Job Title Can Impact CHRO Pay

We examine the influence of two key factors that can impact CHRO pay: reporting relationship and job title.

Published: August 2018
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What’s Your ROI? Most Commonly Used Metrics to Measure Your Incentive Plans

When determining the right metrics for your incentive plans, the most important consideration is looking at the unique circumstances of your own business and industry and choosing measures that support your business strategy. Using an industry peer group to benchmark your incentive plan provides an internal perspective on what your peers are doing.

Published: August 2018
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ISS Issues Survey Hinting at 2019 Policy Change

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) took the first step in its annual policy update process when it recently released its annual corporate governance policy survey to clients.

Published: August 2018
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Technical Jobs Continue to Command Hefty Pay Premiums; Here’s How Companies Can Prepare

Base salary premiums for technical vs. non-technical jobs, for both professional individual contributor and management roles, continue to climb at technology companies across the United States. However, the rate of change is uneven, which means companies must pay close attention to the market. Our article highlights where the market is moving fastest and what companies can do about it.
 

Published: August 2018
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ISS Policy Survey Hints at Changes to Pay-For-Performance, Director Pay and More

From gender diversity on boards to quantitative pay-for-performance screens and “excessive” director pay, ISS is considering 10 potential policy changes for 2019. We explain what each policy up for consideration entails and how likely it is to be changed.  
 

Published: August 2018
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