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How HR Can Use Job Title Data to Ensure Consistency and Boost Retention

Compensation professionals spend a significant amount of time ensuring pay is competitively set, but relatively little ensuring job titles are properly aligned. We examine the prevalence of various titles across organizational levels and reporting relationships to provide a better understanding of how to utilize this data to ensure your titles — and not just your pay — are competitively aligned.

ISS Adds Climate Scorecard to Proxy Reports, Recognizing the Rise of Sustainable Investing

 A new rating has been added to ISS’ proxy reports that’s focused on climate awareness. In this article, we highlight key components of the scorecard and its impact for issuers. 

Impact of the New Employee Overtime Rule by Industry and Tips for Compliance

An estimated 1.3 million U.S. workers will be eligible for overtime pay as of January 1, 2020, but the effect within organizations varies by industry, job function and role. Here’s a deeper look at how companies will be affected and questions for companies to think about when complying with the new rule. 

ISS Releases Draft Policy Updates for 2020; Executive Compensation is Notably Absent

ISS is proposing changes to its U.S. policies on problematic governance structures, independent board chair proposals and share buybacks. Here’s a summary of potential implications for U.S.-listed companies.

Using Talent Assessments to Drive Better Performance of Your Sales Organization

Assessing the skills of your sales force should be a top priority for HR and sales leaders, but too often we see this process neglected with a focus on sales quotas and growth above matching the right talent with the right jobs. In this article, we discuss how to get set up with an effective talent assessment process.

As Pay Ratio Enters Its Third Year, Here’s What We Know So Far

To date, no company has won or lost vote support as a result of their pay ratio disclosures. With proxy advisory firms remaining silent on this issue so far, we don’t expect that to change.

Preparing for the 2020 Proxy Season and a Lookback at 2019 Say-on-Pay Voting in the U.S.

In this article, we examine say-on-pay voting results and trends by industry as well as provide advice on steps to take to prepare for the 2020 proxy season. 

First Look at Chief Human Resources Officer Compensation Trends in 2019

There is some evidence that the growth of the CHRO role is being reflected in pay, but a lot of the changes are primarily occurring in larger companies.

Take Your Compensation Disclosure to the Next Level by Reporting Realizable Pay

More companies are disclosing realizable pay in their proxies, which can be a strategic advantage for helping investors and proxy advisors better understand your pay programs. In this article, we explain how to effectively tell your compensation story through this supplemental disclosure. 

ISS Survey Hints at Changes to Board Composition and Climate Risk Oversight

ISS took the first step in its annual policy update process when the firm sent its policy survey to clients this month. Companies and investors have until August 9 to submit feedback. Questions touch on board diversity and overboarding, climate risk and pay-for-performance metrics. 

Broad Corporate Governance Changes Proposed in Canada

The federal government of Canada introduced Bill C-97, which proposed several important amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA).

5 Reasons to Revisit Your Job Architecture

More companies are making changes to their job architecture in response to market forces – from pay equity to rapid growth. We explain how to determine if your structures need a facelift.

The Era of Low ESPP Participation Is Over

Aon has partnered with Carver Edison to aid plan sponsors in understanding the impact to financial reporting, tax accounting and company balance sheet of a Carver Edison ESPP as compared to a traditional ESPP.

Sizing the SaaS Sales Organization for Growth

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for how to best scale sales organizations for private software companies, but there are benchmarks and proven approaches to scale cost-effectively.

Glass Lewis Updates Proxy Reports to Reflect Sustainability Metrics and Corporate Meetings

Glass Lewis made notable updates to its 2019 proxy season reports, including analyzing how new sustainability standards impact issuers and disclosing whether it has met with a company.

Developing a Winning People Strategy for New Types of Technology Jobs at Retail Companies

As retail companies rapidly integrate technology-related jobs to their workforce, they find hiring and retaining people with these skills requires re-examining their rewards structures.

How to Use Employee Mobility Data to Uncover Potential Problems in Your Workforce

Assessing and understanding employee mobility within a business is essential for unlocking insights into your workforce and organizational structure. We outline our latest research on employee mobility in the technology sector to illustrate how this analysis can benefit all companies.

Investors See Expanded Role for Boards of Directors in Overseeing Corporate Culture

As part of their annual shareholder engagement, State Street and BlackRock are urging boards to do more in overseeing corporate culture; this vision would greatly expand the traditional role of boards and continue to elevate ESG issues.

It’s Time for HR to Become More Involved in Setting Sales Quotas. Here’s How.

HR professionals need to know how their company’s sales quotas shape the employee value proposition and contribute to competitive earnings and cost-of-sale measures. By becoming more involved in the quota-setting process, HR leaders will help better position the company against the headwinds of high turnover and a tightening talent pool.

How the SEC’s Hedging Disclosure Rule Will Impact Public Companies

The SEC finalized a long-awaited hedging rule from the Dodd-Frank Act in December 2018. The rule requires disclosure of companies’ anti-hedging policies for all employees. We explain how companies need to comply.

IRS Clarifies Tax Law Provision that Could Benefit Private Company Employees

The IRS recently released guidance about the applicability of a provision in the 2017 tax bill that could benefit employees at private companies who receive equity awards. The guidance specifies the conditions for employees to be eligible for tax relief and the responsibilities of private companies.

ISS Policy Changes May Make It Harder for Some Companies to Obtain Equity Share Approval

ISS has clarified how it will implement changes to its Equity Plan Scorecard and released updated burn rate tables. The changes could make it harder for some companies to win approval for new shares or receive approval for as many shares as in the past.

What Public Companies Should Know About New Standards for ESG Disclosure

A significant number of investment managers have pledged support for new industry-specific environmental, social and governance reporting standards for public companies that were recently published by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. At a minimum, a company should be conversant in the SASB standards for its industry and assess to what extent it believes the standards are relevant to the company.

ISS Clarifies 2019 Compensation Policy Updates

Similar to prior years, ISS has provided clarification regarding several of its compensation-related policies through a supplemental FAQ document. The FAQs address several important compensation policies, which we summarize in this alert.

Mandatory Post-Vest Holding Periods on ESPPs

Despite potential drawbacks, some companies have expressed an interest in adopting mandatory holding periods for their employee stock purchase plan because it gives them the ability to apply a discount for illiquidity to the fair value of the ESPP. We explain how to estimate the fair value for an ESPP with a mandatory holding period.

How to Save Money on Your ESPP

Employee Stock Purchase Plans are gaining in popularity, however, the valuation techniques used to derive accounting fair values can be complex and often misunderstood. Fortunately, with a better understanding of the valuation mechanics, there are ways to more accurately value ESPPs that also reduce the expense. 

What We Learned from CEO Pay Ratio Exemptions

The CEO pay ratio rule allows three types of employee exemptions from calculating the pay of the median employee. With the first year of disclosures mostly behind us, we take a close look at how these exemptions were used and whether they proved beneficial for companies.

Equal Pay Laws Shine Light on Difficulty of Defining “Equal”

The principles around gender pay equity sound basic: men and women should receive the same amount of pay for equal or similar work. However, when examining the California Fair Pay Act— one of many pieces of equal pay legislation that has swept the globe— it turns out that the implementation of this idea is anything but simple.

Determining the Fair Value of Your ESPP

Companies’ Employee Stock Purchase Plans can have myriad structures and features. The fair value of an ESPP depends on both the structure of the plan and the economic assumptions used in the valuation model. We explain how to get started calculating the fair value of your ESPP.

ISS, Glass Lewis Issue 2019 Policy Updates with Focus on Pay-for-Performance and Diversity

ISS' newly released draft policy updates for 2019 would swap GAAP metrics for EVA and adopt a voting standard around board diversity. Glass Lewis’ final policies are extensive in both compensation and corporate governance topics. We explain what the updates entail. 

 

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