Category Archives: Compensation

The fourth industrial revolution and being fair by design

As we move through the fourth industrial revolution, a few things stand out. Among them, that the ongoing discrimination against women — a shameful cultural and historical legacy — has no place in this century. I find it scandalous that … Continue reading →

Adjusting career-stage jobs and rewards

Today one in five the employees in the U.S. are 55 years old or older. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics this number will rise to one in four by 2022, outpacing employment growth by 500%. This is not … Continue reading →

The CEO pay ratio: Time for a first look?

Will it be a snore to which no one pays attention or a bombshell that shakes the foundations of corporate America? Either way, the CEO pay ratio seems certain to cause at least some discomfort in the board rooms of … Continue reading →

Living up to U.S. pay equity

It requires a deeper level of analysis to ensure your pay practices are truly equitable across your employee population. Continue reading →

Q&A guide to the final FLSA overtime pay exemption regulations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued final regulations updating the overtime pay rules that govern the so-called “white collar” exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) employees and for certain highly compensated employees (HCEs). These new rules update … Continue reading →

Winding down the business of the U.S. independent contractor

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has been busy issuing new guidance on the entire independent contractor classification system. Continue reading →

Pay trends: Where we’ve been, what we’ve learned and what’s next

When I compare the economic climate during the 2008 financial crisis to now, I consider how each period of time had an impact on employee retention and pay. Eight years ago, U.S. unemployment rose significantly, and talent retention wasn’t an … Continue reading →

Creating a cyber-smart workforce starts with culture

Organizations experiencing data breaches are judged by their employees as lacking in two key areas of workforce culture: employee training and pay for performance. Continue reading →

New U.S. overtime regulations – The wait is over!

The DOL's final regulations updating the overtime pay rules, released May 18, primarily focus on updating the salary thresholds needed to qualify as exempt employees, although certain other important changes were also included. Continue reading →

Paid family leave: A U.S. culture shift?

There is growing support in the U.S. for more substantial paid family leave beyond the unpaid weeks required under the FMLA. What should companies consider? Continue reading →