Category Archives: Compensation

Where is the SEC headed on CEO pay ratio and other compensation-related issues?

As companies continue to hope the CEO pay ratio disclosure effective date for 2018 proxies will be delayed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), here are the latest clues we have on the agency’s direction. First, the SEC recently … Continue reading →

Employers can’t ask about salary history any more. So, what now?

Pay equity continues to be a hot topic: shareholder activist groups, politicians, and Hollywood stars are talking about it. For a number of companies, it’s deeply embedded in their external brand. Equal pay has been under the regulatory spotlight for … Continue reading →

The three C’s to an excellent pay review process

Forget you’re a manager… for just a minute. Remember you’re also an employee.  You’ve completed performance reviews, gone into great detail as to all the contributions you’ve made over the course of the year to ensure your manager knows every … Continue reading →

It’s time to get personal about communicating the value of executive total rewards

When you hear executive compensation, what do you think about? Millionaires. Stock Options. Private jets. All of those are good possibilities. But what do you don’t probably think about are things like the 80 hour work weeks, constant business travel, … Continue reading →

Inflation’s effect on salaries: What does time tell us?

Contrary to popular belief, numbers can both lie or tell certain truths. It all depends on the question asked. For example, looking at long-term trends for key economic data over the past 20 years, the world appears to be in … Continue reading →

The accuracy illusion

The more things change… When I started my first job two and a half decades ago, I was told for the first six months (during “probation period”) my pay would be set at 90% of the starting salary. Following a … Continue reading →

Top five compensation and benefits trends right now

There’s a lot going on in the world of compensation and benefits. We’ve seen some long-anticipated trends materialise, including the need for more flexible work arrangements and stronger health and wellness programs, to name a few. We expect to see … Continue reading →

Are you ready for negative proxy season votes? Consider these four steps.

The 2017 proxy season is here, and annual meeting volume is about to accelerate. Support for say-on-pay resolutions, at over 90% on average, is strong, right? Isn’t a favorable say-on-pay vote sufficient to avoid the microscope with shareholders, proxy advisors … Continue reading →

Spotlight on a National Living Wage market

The past two years have seen a big shift in the U.K. pay landscape for low earners. Back in 2015, George Osborne, a member of the British Parliament and former chancellor, announced the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW). … Continue reading →

Reshaping the compensation and benefits landscape with artificial intelligence

Just the mention of artificial intelligence (AI) evokes excitement and dread at the same time. AI is the inevitable next step in the evolution of technology. Leaders in business, technology and science are already mapping parameters to guide AI development … Continue reading →