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Can we ask our employees to keep mum about their bonuses?

12/19/2014
Q. Our company is handing out bonuses only to those who deserve it. Can we ask them—not demand them—to keep it quiet as we hand them their checks?

Trucking firm adds bonuses, ups pay to help recruitment

10/10/2014

It’s not easy recruiting long-distance truck drivers, so Con-way Truck­­load is piling on the pay. Its new compensation package raises per-mile pay; increases layover pay; and offers bonuses for loyalty and helping the company achieve its productivity goals.

Employers budget for 3.1% pay raises in 2015

08/18/2014
U.S. workers can expect pay raises averaging 3.1% in 2015, according to the 41st annual WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey. The nonprofit organization found that U.S. employers’ budgets for pay increases have risen slightly from 2.9% in 2013.

Parkland execs' bonuses go to low-wage staff

07/31/2014
Dallas-based Parkland Health and Hospital System cut its executives bonuses this year, but not because the head honchos performed poorly. The system’s governing body decided the money was better spent raising the pay of the system’s lowest-earning employees instead.

Bonuses are back, more popular than ever

07/07/2014
A downward trend for bonuses that began with the 2009 recession has been reversed. Part of the reason: Employers may be substituting bonuses for traditional merit raises.

Pay tops job security as #1 reason for job satisfaction

06/13/2014
For the first time since the pre-recession year of 2007, U.S. employees say compensation is now their No. 1 contributor to their job satisfaction, according to an annual Society for Human Resource Management survey.

Top CEOs' cash take-home pay rose 10.8% last year

05/14/2014
The CEOs of the 100 largest U.S. companies had median incomes of $13.9 million last year, an increase of 9% over figures reported in 2013 by the Equilar executive pay consulting firm.

Bonuses prevalent across employer sectors

04/28/2014
A large majority of employers rely on incentive-based pay practices to compete for top talent, as well as to motivate and reward employees, according to research by the nonprofit WorldatWork organization, Deloitte Consulting and Vivient Consulting.

Benefits: 6 lessons from great places to work

03/04/2014
Your organization can't compete with the blizzard of benefits—from on-site dry cleaning to gourmet meals—that helped Google top Fortune magazine's new "100 Best Companies to Work For" list. But you can adopt some creative perks offered by the other 99 employers.

6 great perks from Fortune's '100 Best Companies to Work For'

02/27/2014

Google earned the top spot on this year’s Fortune magazine list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in part because of its array of amazing benefits. But the other 99 companies on the magazine’s list offer great perks, too. Which of these might work in your organization?

3% raises to remain the norm in 2014

02/25/2014
Base pay increases for 2014 will remain at 3% for the second year in a row—roughly one percentage point below pre-recession levels, according to Buck Consultants’ seventh annual Compensation Planning Survey.

FLSA: Overtime and Base-Rate Pay

01/25/2014

HR Law 101: Employers must pay overtime to nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a single workweek. The overtime rate is one and a half times an employee’s hourly rate. If an employee earns a fixed hourly rate with no other compensation, computing the base rate is easy. But in many cases, it’s not so simple ...

No unemployment after griping about paltry poultry bonus

01/03/2014
A Commonwealth Court has ruled that a veteran professional chicken catcher’s bad attitude was reason enough to deny him unemployment benefits. The man was fired from his job of five years with B&B Catching Services in Northumberland County for persistently squawking about what he perceived as a stingy 2012 holiday bonus.

CEO pay-ratio reporting requirement opposed by compensation group

12/24/2013
The nonprofit HR organization WorldatWork has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission to reject proposed regulations that would require corporations to report the ratio of CEO pay to that of median employee pay.

Wish list: 10 alternatives to Christmas cash

12/12/2013
Are you putting anything extra in employees’ stockings this holiday? While most employees say they’d prefer cash, padding paychecks isn’t the only way your organization can say “Happy Holi­­days!” Consider these wise alternatives:
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