Are Your Compensation Programs Ready for a Corporate Transaction?

Posted by Jack Grange on Jun 22, 2017 4:34:44 PM

75% of S&P 500 constituent changes in 2016 were as result of corporate transactions

Corporate transaction announcements continue to dominate the headlines. Whether it’s mergers & acquisitions (M&A), initial public offerings (IPO), divestitures or spin-offs, there is a great deal of activity on the strategic business development front. This year is surely living up

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Topics: Executive Compensation, Corporate Transactions, Severance, Change in Control

How to Avoid the $6 Million Intern

Posted by Chris Kelley on Jun 15, 2017 5:12:00 PM

Ah…it’s summer time.  Time for beaches, brats and of course, the ubiquitous intern. Organizations across the U.S. bring on students during summer break in a variety of capacities. There’s no doubt that an internship opportunity can be extremely valuable for the students. Ev

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Topics: College New Hire Salary Survey, Interns

CEO Compensation in the News? No Surprise, but Clarity Needed

Posted by Chris Kelley on Jun 8, 2017 4:52:07 PM

Each year around this time, mainstream media outlets jump into the fray to chime in about executive compensation. Always a good whipping post, the pay packages for Chief Executive Officers (CEO) get a lot of attention when companies file their annual proxies.

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Topics: Executive Compensation

Projecting Salary Increase Budgets for Global Organizations

Posted by Chris Kelley on Jun 1, 2017 5:22:09 PM

Salary increase budgeting can be a challenge in any organization, but the complexities faced by global compensation professionals are an order of magnitude higher.  All the tips we raised in our blog post, “4 Tips to Prepare for Salary Planning”, focused on US salary budgeting, but you can still apply them to a global setting.  However, there is much more going on for managing salary budgeting process on an international stage.

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Topics: salary increase budget, salary planning

4 Tips to Prepare for Salary Planning

Posted by Chris Kelley on Jun 1, 2017 4:45:00 PM

We’re rapidly approaching the start of the 2018 planning cycle for most companies. Compensation professionals will soon be connecting with their finance department colleagues to provide salary budget recommendations for the upcoming year. And since budgets get squeezed more than a tube of toothpaste, you’re going to need a solid business case to justify even the most modest of pay increases.

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Topics: salary increase budget, salary planning

What’s the Typical Number of Paid Holidays?

Posted by Chris Kelley on May 25, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It’s been months since the last paid holiday for most workers in the U.S., so that got us thinking about, ‘how many holidays do companies typically offer?’ For this week’s Pay Insights, we turned to our partners in the benefits consulting business to get a better understanding of the number of holidays typically provided in benefit packages.

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Minimum Wage Update for U.S. Employers

Posted by Chris Kelley on May 19, 2017 1:03:19 AM

One of the political hot potatoes in the U.S. has been what to do about adjustments to the minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage has been $7.25 since July of 2009. For many workers who languish in minimum wage paying jobs, that’s almost eight years of stagnant wages.

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Topics: Nonexempt Compensation

Tips for Your Global Compensation Country Watch List

Posted by Chris Kelley on May 18, 2017 3:25:25 PM

The challenge faced by global compensation professionals is that we all need to balance the organizational need for standardization with the local needs of being competitive and relevant with labor markets.  Have you heard the term ‘Glocal’?

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Topics: Global Compensation

Analyzing the Say-on-Pay Disclosures of a Peer Group Using CG Pro

Posted by Chris Kelley on May 11, 2017 9:23:53 PM

11.7% of the S&P 100 Reported ‘Say on Pay’ Vote Tallies below 70% in last years’ proxy filings. 

So how have those companies fared this year?  It will be one thing to look at the 2017 voting results for these same companies, but most importantly, we want to know what actions these firms took (if any) to hopefully achieve a better vote outcome.

The Say on Pay portion of the Dodd-Frank legislation has been in place since 2011 and over the past six years, the vast majority of companies regularly achieve high shareholder approvals.  The median voting results score fo
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Topics: Executive Compensation, Proxy Disclosures, say-on-pay

Variable Pay Roundup

Posted by Lars Wasvick on May 9, 2017 8:55:17 AM

Over the course of the past year we have spent a lot of time looking at variable pay data. Why? Well because the landscape of variable pay has, and is still shifting. In fact, variable pay awards have seen an increase of 72% over the past 20 years for salaried employees.

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Topics: Variable Compensation, Incentive Pay Plans