Price war for new talent? Reassess pay scales

Sometimes landing the best candidate requires sweetening the salary pot, paying more than the last person to hold the job earned. Before you make such an offer, consider the potential consequences.

Court: Fiduciary overpriced stock in ESOP transaction

A federal judge in New York, presiding over a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit, has found that First Bankers Trust Services breached its duties of prudence and loyalty to the participants of an employee stock ownership plan sponsored by SJP Group, a New Jersey paving company.

Survey: Recognition is a good investment

More than half of employers view their employee recognition programs as an investment in their workforce, according to a new survey by the WorldatWork nonprofit.

13 is a magic salary number

New research by ADP has found that a 13% raise is the salary-increase tipping point at which employees will jump to a new job.

The O'Reilly Factor: Claw backs and the 'faithless servant'

In the world of controversial show host Bill O’Reilly, personal responsibility has given way to excuses and coddling, prompting the question: Where is good, old-fashioned comeuppance when it is needed? In O’Reilly’s case, we now have an answer to that question.

Snapshot: How satisfied are employees with their benefits?

Not too many workers are absolutely wild about their benefits packages.

What drives benefits strategy?

More than half of HR pros focus their benefits strategy on controlling health care costs and making sure employees appreciate the total value of their perks.

Senior HR executives earn less than other top brass

Corporate America’s highest-ranking HR executives earn significantly less than their C-Suite peers.

Walmart nonexempts to pocket $200 bonuses

Walmart will pay out $200 million in quarterly bonuses to some 900,000 hourly workers after the retailer reported higher customer ratings between May and July.

Snapshot: What kinds of variable pay do employers offer?

With base pay staying relatively flat in recent years, 88% of employers now offer some form of variable pay.

Snapshot: Do workers understand their employer's compensation policy?

More than 90% of employers have a written or unwritten compensation policy, but fewer than half of total rewards professionals believe their employees understand it.

Beware giving promotions without pay raises

Have some of your employees been promoted without getting raises? That could be dangerous if those workers can show that other employees outside their protected class did get higher pay.

Some are saying 'Humbug!' to holiday parties

Are you throwing a holiday party for your employees this year? The year-end Christmas bash is less common than it once was.

6 ways to cut legal risk of employee-referral programs

Employee-referral programs can be a reliable, inexpensive way to find great talent. But you probably don’t realize that they carry a hidden legal risk, too.

Raises to average 3% in 2016, more for top performers

Pay raises for U.S. employees are expected to hold steady in 2016, according to a survey by the Towers Wat­­son HR consulting firm. Virtually all respondents (98%) said they plan to give employees raises next year, with an average salary increase of 3% for exempt professionals.
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