Benefits, Compensation

Like It or Not, Pay Transparency Is Coming (So Better Get Ready)


Yes, the big focus today on pay transparency is political.

The history of the Paycheck Fairness Act is a dead giveaway – it was proposed by Senate Democrats last Wednesday and filibustered again by Republicans just as it was in the two preceding election years, 2010 and 2012.

The legislation has no chance of passage in the current Congress, but it’s almost certain Democrats will do their best to keep the idea in the headlines. Advocates undoubtedly will as well. Read more…

Compensation, Legal Issues

Employers Stuck in the Middle on Evolving Equal Pay Laws

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By Gregory D. Hanscom

President Obama recently signed two executive orders changing the landscape of equal pay protections applicable to federal contractors.

The first executive order prohibits federal contractors from firing, demoting or retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation. The second order directs the Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, to establish and implement new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit compensation data that, in part, is broken down by sex and race.

According to the White House, the data will be used to encourage voluntary compliance with already existing equal pay laws and assist with more targeted enforcement initiatives. Read more…

Compensation, Webinars

TLNT Webinars – Dawning of a New Era: The End of the Performance Review

It’s an odd predicament, organizational leaders are locked in to this belief that they need to conduct annual or bi-annual performance appraisals of their staff, but yet at the same time they recognize that this system is not working, and caught in the middle of all this absurdity is HR managers.

Please join Dr. Tim Baker, author of many titles, most recently “The End of the Performance Review: A New Approach to Appraising Employee Performance,” in this one hour, Infor sponsored webinar, as he discusses what has been titled a “groundbreaking new model” for employee appraisals. HR professionals have the opportunity to be a part of a movement from a culture of appraisal to one of development, be part of the discussion by joining this webinar.

Please join Tim Baker, International cConsultant and Managing Director of WINNERS AT WORK Pty Ltd,  for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, May 14, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

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Benefits, Webinars

TLNT Webinar – Altering The Future: Deciding Employee Benefits

Wondering what will replace health insurance in the employee value proposition?  Not sure how employers will maintain their promise of health and financial security to employees?  These are very concerning topics, and ones that can no longer be left on the back burner.

Tune in to Jen Benz, for a one-hour, Infor sponsored, webinar that will arm you with the knowledge to face these, and other, daunting challenges that threaten the health benefits world.  With the entire population focused on healthcare, you certainly cannot afford to miss this!

Please join Jennifer Benz, Founder and CEO of Benz Communications,  for a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, April 15, at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time (2 Eastern).

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Compensation, HR Basics

A New Fad: States, Local Governments Hiking the Minimum Wage

Managers and HR professionals will have to deal with very modest pay increases in 2011. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime).

By Gregory Hanscom

A centerpiece of President Obama’s current legislative agenda is raising the federal minimum wage.

While many doubt a bill raising the federal minimum wage will be passed by Congress, President Obama’s call for such legislation has spurred many states and municipalities to act.

In Pennsylvania, two state senators, Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, just introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 and prohibit businesses from paying workers who receive tips an amount less than the state mandated minimum wage. Read more…

Compensation, Legal Issues

The Disinformation Surrounding the “Tipped-Employee Minimum Wage”

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By John E. Thompson

A White House report promoting a substantial jump in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s minimum wage perpetuates now widely disseminated propaganda about an alleged “tipped employee minimum wage” of $2.13 per hour.

The fact is that there is no such thing. Talk of a so-called “tipped minimum wage” is designed in part to create a false impression that tipped employees are typically relegated to making less than the actual FLSA minimum wage. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

President Set to Issue Order to Enact Provisions of Paycheck Fairness Act

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman and Michael J. Lotito

Because the House of Representatives is not expected to consider the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) this term, President Obama will reportedly implement provisions of this measure applicable to federal contractors via Executive actions on Tuesday (April 8).

The move will coincide with Equal Pay Day, and is the latest in a series of recent Presidential actions designed to implement employment law reform by bypassing Congress. Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

When It Comes to Pay, Everything in Moderation – Including Moderation

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Compensation professionals do a lot of moderating.

We work to moderate expectations. We work to moderate misunderstandings with incentive pay. And increasingly, we seem to be working to moderate pay itself.

Someone once told me that when animals are in a big herd, only those at the edges have a decent view of what’s really going on. Those in the middle just have to trust that everyone around them is moving at the right pace and in the right direction. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Senate Committee Debates Fairness of Paycheck Fairness Act

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In advance of an expected floor vote, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing this week to discuss the merits of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84).

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski,D-MD, chief sponsor of the legislation, said the Senate needs to “finish the job started by the Lily Ledbetter” Fair Pay Act.

The bill, which has been introduced several times in the last few years but has failed to advance, would make the following changes to current wage law: Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

Spreading the Peanut Butter: Across-the-Board Pay Hikes Are a Bad Idea

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“Spreading the peanut butter” is a term used by one of my international clients to describe a general increase, the granting of an across-the-board pay rise or one-size-fits-all lump sum payment.

The simple visual of spreading a thin layer to coat a surface caught my eye as well as my ear, as I often make peanut butter sandwiches for my granddaughters – and now I stop and think whenever I’m doing it.

The concept is simple, all too simple, and therein lays the danger. Read more…