Compensation

Some Simple Steps “Traditional” Employers Can Take to Modernize Their Pay Practices

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At PayScale, we strive to help all kinds of organizations embrace modern compensation practices to engage their workforce and drive results. Even employers that think of themselves as more “traditional” than “modern” can take a few steps in this direction, and the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a…

Should Handling Employee Benefits Be Handled by HR?

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I have been having a debate with myself. It’s becoming both annoying and non-productive. So I thought I would invite you all into the dialogue. As I speak and write about how HR can become a business accelerator, one of the biggest obstacles is time. HR has such a full plate, that we…

Salary Histories: It’s an Artificial Barrier That Too Many Companies Put Up

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The first words out of most people’s mouths when I call them about a job are usually “what’s it pay?” And, if their first question is about pay, then that must mean money is their main motivation to change jobs. Right? It is more likely that candidates are tired of spending time talking…

How California’s Equal Pay Law Affects All Employers

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What is being called the strongest equal pay law in the country goes into effect in California in a month, but its impact is already being felt, and not just in the Golden State. With a stroke of his pen last month, Governor Jerry Brown approved a law requiring employers to pay equal…

Compensation Will Be Just Fine Without Your Dysfunctional Performance Appraisals

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I have been calling for the death of traditional, scored performance appraisals for a long time. Today, there is a chorus of voices singing this same hymn. But, despite there being pretty clear evidence that this practice is fatally flawed, most companies persist, leaving their employees and managers to suffer from HR’s version…

Gravity Payments Proves That Paying Everyone Equally Is an Equally Bad Idea

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Many of you may have read about Gravity Payments, the company in Seattle with the magnanimous CEO who decided to do the right thing. In April, CEO Dan Price (and that’s a great name for a comp article) decided to cut his own pay from $1 million to $70,000 annually and use the…

Despite What the Pope Says, Proportional Pay is Still Not Required in the U.S.

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Since Pope Francis added his voice in protest about about gender based pay differentials after Equal Pay Day, maybe this is a good time to revisit the status quo. Current American federal law only compels equal pay for practically identical work. The usually highly imbalanced disproportional pay to protected classes is the big “hidden”…