Articles tagged 'Compensation'

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Employers Feeling Pressure to Pay More to Workers With Special Skills

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Across the U.S., employers and the agencies that help them fill jobs are feeling increasing pressure to raise pay for workers with special skills.

Although hiring in many parts of the country and for certain sectors — manufacturing being one of the more frequently mentioned — was strong the last several weeks, growth nationally was generally minimal, the Federal Reserve said in a report on economic conditions released today.

The Fed’s so-called Beige Book summarizes reports from business and employment contacts in the 12 Federal Reserve districts to provide a ground level view of conditions. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: Expecting a Solid Raise in 2015? Don’t Hold Your Breath

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For five years now, I have been writing stories based on consultants and analysts projections of what kind of raises businesses are planning to give employees in the coming year.

And for five years, I have been reading these salary surveys and writing the same thing: raises next year will be about 3 percent.

Yes, one of the defining characteristics of our mediocre economic recovery has been the miserly increase in employee pay even as businesses recovered and recorded record profits. Read more…

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Proposed Minimum Wage Regulations for Federal Contractors Released

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 3. Our regular content will return on Monday.

By John E. Thompson

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its proposed regulations implementing Executive Order 13658, President Obama’s directive to raise the minimum-wage rate for workers on federal contracts from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour (subject to annual increases after 2015).

We wrote about this initiative earlier in the year; we will not repeat those discussions here. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

Court: Screening Workers Going Home Doesn’t Count as Work Time

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By John E. Thompson

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday found that the time non-exempt employees spent in connection with an end-of-workday security screening before leaving the premises did not count as worktime under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Instead, it said, the time so spent was non-compensable “postliminary” activity under the federal Portal-to-Portal Act.

Among other things, the Supreme Court said that: Read more…

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

Believe It or Not, Promotions Are Also Viewed as Workplace Rewards

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Promotions are a form of reward, even though they don’t always jingle like direct cash.

A jump in title status alone is sometimes enough to be strong motivation for greater employee engagement. Psychic income, whether intrinsic or extrinsic in origin, should count as compensation, anyway, since it is part of the employee value proposition.

Movement into a higher pay classification generally means more aggressive raises, too. And when a promotional increase accompanies hierarchical advancement, the positive consequences are even greater. There are also situations when promotions are used as rewards in place of any formal pay for performance program. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

5 Signs That You Aren’t Paying Your Employees Enough

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I was reading an article recently, it was one of those “Best Places To Work” type of articles.

Since I run a company, I’m always looking out for good ideas on how to take care of your employees without spending a dime. Unfortunately, “Best Places” companies that make these lists usually don’t give you these type 0f ideas!

What you get from “Best Places” articles are all the over the top crap – gourmet cat food for your in-cube pet-mate, free liposuction for your spouse, and discounted tattoo eyeliner coupons.

I would love for my company to be on the top of every single “Best Places” to work article, but we probably won’t. I care too much about my employees to make that happen. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Voter Actions Undercut Federal Push for $10.10 Minimum Wage

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By John E. Thompson

Earlier this month, several states and localities voted in favor of increasing their minimum wage.

Right on cue, many (including U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez) seized upon these results as ostensibly supporting an increase in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s rate to $10.10 per hour.

On the contrary, the developments emphasize that no such nationwide action is either wise or warranted. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Are Wages For Workers Starting — Finally! — to Show Some Growth?

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A news story about optimistic pay trends claims to find signs of an impending upsurge in base hourly rates.

Conceding that this is not the consensus opinion among experts (“Government data show wages rising at only about 2 percent per year, which is roughly the same as inflation, meaning typical workers aren’t really getting ahead”), the article gives links to the study that offers a more positive view. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Skilled Worker Shortages Are Slowly Starting to Push Pay Upward

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Reports from the Federal Reserve say that a shortage of skilled workers in a variety of trades are showing up here and there across the U.S., putting upward pressure on pay.

Employers are having to pay more to attract workers in construction and manufacturing in several parts of the U.S. In parts of the Midwest, mid-Atlantic region, and the Northern Plains states, transportation workers are seeing somewhat higher pay. And in New York the number of workers quitting to take higher paying jobs is on the rise. Read more…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

Here’s Why Women (and Men) Really Do Need to Ask For a Raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some spectacularly bad advice to a group of women at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in Phoenix.

He said:

It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,”

I was originally supposed to be at this event, and it’s probably a good thing that my plans changed because I think I would have had to be physically restrained to not run up on the stage and shout, “He’s wrong! Please don’t do this!Read more…