Articles tagged 'Compensation'

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

U.S. Senate Once Again Rejects Paycheck Protection Act

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

As expected, U.S. Senate supporters of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) failed to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the bill to a floor vote.

This bill would have, among other things:

  • Expanded damages available under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) to include potentially unlimited compensatory and punitive awards for wage discrimination; Read more…
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…

Compensation, HR News & Trends

BLS Minimum Wage Report: Is There Anything Worthwhile In it?

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By John E. Thompson

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a report entitled Characteristics of Minimum Wage Workers, 2013 which claims that approximately 1.8 million hourly-paid workers made less than the federal Fair Labor Standards Act‘s $7.25-per-hour minimum wage last year.

It also asserts that another 1.5 million hourly-paid workers earned exactly this minimum rate.

These statements are already being touted as additional support for increasing the FLSA minimum wage. On the contrary, even a cursory look at the methodology gives rise to serious doubt that the report has almost anything worthwhile to say in this regard. Read more…

Global HR, HR News & Trends

Why China Really Needs HR’s Help – And Now More Than Ever

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By Annie Lau

When people think about the reasons they have left an organization or have not accepted an offer with a company, one of the key common factors is perhaps something one might not expect: development, or rather, the lack thereof.

Compensation, while certainly important, is often not the deciding factor in the decision to work or stay somewhere. The same need for development seems to be a growing emphasis as part of the recruiting efforts in China for many organizations.

The rapidly rising economy in China has led domestic and foreign companies to often compete for the same pool of candidates. Job-hopping has become commonplace as the workforce’s desire for growth and improvement increases. Read more…

Benefits, Compensation

Remember Your Pay Structure? It’s Likely You’re Not Doing Enough

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You’ve seen your company’s want ads and heard the pitch from your recruiters; you offer competitive pay to qualified candidates.

That’s got to be a strong hook for attracting talent, right?

Big deal.

Your pay structures are updated based on market trends, so the pay opportunities offered to employees support your retention and motivation strategies, right?

Not enough. Read more…