Can Employee Retention Be a Double Edged Sword?

Compensation Force

Should we consider becoming more discriminating and strategic in our retention efforts and stop spreading them evenly across the organization? Base Salary Management Bonus/Incentives Compensation Philosophy Performance Management - General

OSHA Clarifies Guidance on Post-Incident Drug Testing and Workplace Safety Incentive Programs

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The rule prohibited employers from discharging or discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related injuries or illness. Post-incident drug testing policies and safety incentive programs would only violate 29 C.F.R. Incentive programs may be used to promote workplace safety and health. OSHA’s new interpretation permits and encourages safety incentive programs for employees.

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Cafe Classic: Stop Spreading the Peanut Butter and Start Feeding the Eagles

Compensation Cafe

Over the years it’s gone from a concept used to protect against gross discrimination of gender and race to a concept used to create policies for everything from bereavement leave to bathroom usage.

everyone knew I was fired before I knew, losing a bonus, and more

Ask a Manager

Losing a bonus after giving notice in December. He just found out that they are giving out Christmas bonuses to all of the general managers except him since he is leaving the company. How can they discriminate against him like that? Why are they giving everyone a bonus except him? They’re giving out the bonus while he is still working for them and is still employed by them. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

Best of the Force: Simplicity Requires the Courage to be Clear

Compensation Force

Complexity is a frequent challenge with incentive plans, particularly (but by no means exclusively) in the arena of sales compensation. Often the reason they are not is because there is an unwillingness to sort, prioritize and discriminate relative to optimal performance results.

Retention and Rewards: The Double Edged Sword

Compensation Force

It''s time we become more discriminating and strategic in our retention efforts and stop spreading them evenly across the organization. Base Salary Management Bonus/Incentives Compensation Philosophy Pay for Performance Employee retention is a double edged sword.

Fishing for Facts about Pay Inequity

Compensation Cafe

President Obama announced a widened executive action initiative to gather facts about pay discrimination based on gender, race and ethnicity. Base Salaries Executive Compensation Gender Equity Incentives/Bonuses Total Rewards

Entitlement – It’s Your Fault


A team was pissed the incentive offered wasn’t given because…wait for it…the work wasn’t done. Absolutely, and I believe all are entitled to a productive environment free of harassment and discrimination. “Hey, that’s not fair!”.

Are Your Variable Pay Practices Factoring into the Gender Pay Gap?

HR Daily Advisor

What role does variable/incentive pay play in that overall inequity? The study examined how compensation patterns for each gender varied by average base salary and average annual bonus, Yildirmaz explained. To avoid pay discrimination, don’t just look at base pay.

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The problems may include low productivity, discrimination, holidays request, bonuses, incentive, etc. Offer Training Programs: Invest in your team rather than merely showing gratitude with the bonus; why not offer them training and career development courses?

Compliance check from legal experts: Policy changes you need to make before 2020

HR Morning

Employers are permitted to satisfy up to 10% of employees’ annual salary through non-discretionary bonuses and incentive pay — including commissions.

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For example, WorldatWork supports the End Pay Discrimination Through Information Act, which clarifies that it’s unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee who voluntarily discusses compensation. On average, women’s bonuses are 56% that of men’s bonuses.

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The basics include ensuring employees receive their correct salary on the expected pay date – via ACH direct deposit or as physical payroll checks – as well as covering any commissions, bonuses or expense reimbursements.

Compliance check from legal experts: Policy changes you need to make before 2020

HR Morning

Employers are permitted to satisfy up to 10% of employees’ annual salary through non-discretionary bonuses and incentive pay — including commissions.

The New HR Rules: Employment law updates for 2020

Business Management Daily

The applicant won’t get an offer that’s less than her credentials suggest just because her old employer discriminated. Two will answer the question of whether Title VII, the primary federal law governing employment discrimination, prohibits sexual orientation discrimination.

Cafe Classic: Do Generational Differences Matter For Total Rewards Strategies? Part 2

Compensation Cafe

In this post, we'll talk about the implications of those differences for incentives and benefits, and how to incorporate these differences in a comprehensive total rewards strategy. Other groups - particularly the Gen Xers - view these kinds of incentives as cliche and would be turned off.

Girl Scout Cookies and Employment Law – Almost Everything That HR Needs To Know

The Employer Handbook

A bonus discrimination case involving the sale of Girl Scout Cookies gone terribly wrong. But, as further incentive for you to click , for those who purchase or donate five or more boxes, I will donate a box too. A bonus discrimination case.

How Gender Pay Gap Affects Your Business

Vantage Circle

Every woman needs to know when she's being discriminated against and what the reasons are why she isn't getting equal pay so we can close that pay gap. That resulted in a settlement of a bonus in pay equal to that paid to men workers. Direct discrimination based on sexual orientation.

4 Tips for Your Compensation Planning from the Banking Industry

HR Daily Advisor

“This can make a reverse discrimination situation for these executives, where they may actually have to retire on less income, in comparison to others in the organization. Tip #4: Different Generations, Different Incentives. Banking is a highly regulated industry.

Modern Pay for Performance

Compensation Today

Maybe you can ditch annual increases in lieu of market increases; put the rest of your budget into incentive pay. Incentive pay : This is perhaps the clearest way of linking performance and results with pay. Bonuses are another way of linking variable pay with performance.

Today is Equal Pay Day: Can HR Technology Help Close the Gender Pay Gap?


For example, HR can play a role in articulating and initiating policies in recruitment, compensation and other functional areas to ensure equal roles receive equal pay, anti-discrimination and increase diversity in terms of fair representation of different groups of people.”.

The Truth About Unconscious Bias in the Workplace


Women are still discriminated against professionally, whether it is directly through compensation or indirectly through the way we are treated or spoken to. How is unconscious bias different from blatant discrimination? Unconscious bias, if left unchecked, can turn to discrimination.

Women in Leadership: #BalanceforBetter

Ultimate Software

However, if organizations won’t do it on their own, I’m not totally opposed to legal incentives to urge and reward them for doing so. How do I address the issue that I am not comfortable doing both jobs without any raise, bonus or recognition?

Thanksgiving: A Time to Be Thankful for Good Employees

HR Daily Advisor

Reward employees who have faithfully and loyally served the company with longevity incentives. We frequently caution employers to ensure they are treating all employees equally with respect to the terms and conditions of employment in order to avoid discrimination claims alleging disparate treatment. Accordingly, it may be ingrained in your mind that all employees should be treated the same when it comes to compensation, bonuses, and other perks.

What Is a Longevity Increase?

HR Daily Advisor

While most of us are familiar with the ideas of raises, bonuses, and incentives, a longevity increase is not one that is in everyone’s vocabulary. Have you heard of giving employees a “longevity increase”?

Federal and State-Based Changes from 2018 and Coming in 2019

Affinity HR Group

LGBTQ protections: Despite indications otherwise, the US Supreme Court will not take up cases challenging LGTBQ discrimination decisions. In 2018, the federal government had fewer than average laws passed that impact labor and employment law.

Performance Management In The Post-Rating Era – Quo Vadis?


Such differentiation is essential in all organizations that have a limited quantity of long-term incentives and bonuses to distribute and that want to call out both high and low performance as what it is.

California HR Trends for 2017—Don’t Get Burned!

HR Daily Advisor

California does not permit incentive compensation to partially meet the “white collar” (i.e., Piece-rate is often confused with commissions or bonuses. Commissions are strictly regulated in California, says Siegel, and bonuses are a bit more flexible if you meet the right definition. “If

What is Compensation Management?


Compensation management is the process of ensuring that an organization’s salaries and bonuses remain competitive, appropriate, and equitable. If salary, bonuses, and benefits aren’t managed properly, employees might find much better comp packages elsewhere, performance and job satisfaction could decline, and several other factors could negatively impact the business. Wellness incentive programs, in particular, are having a major impact on employee compensation packages.”

Federal and State-Based Changes from 2018 and Coming in 2019

Affinity HR Group

LGBTQ protections: Despite indications otherwise, the US Supreme Court will not take up cases challenging LGTBQ discrimination decisions. These predictive scheduling laws require advanced notice when posting a schedule (ranging from 48 hours to 2 weeks depending on state law) and restrict or ban employers from scheduling on-call shifts and adding pay incentives for these shifts. In 2018, the federal government had fewer than average laws passed that impact labor and employment law.

Your Guide to the Most Common HR Legal Documents


What about bonuses, commissions, stock options, or other common forms of incentive compensation? Retention Bonus Agreements As companies evolve, it’s only natural that some may get acquired or go through another significant “life” event (e.g., If that’s the case, a retention bonus agreement may be your best friend. With these you need to be very careful in clearly drafting the conditions under which the bonus will kick in (i.e.

Preventing Whistleblowers in the Workplace: OSHA Expands the Rights of Whistleblowers

HR Daily Advisor

Section 11(c) prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against employees for filing a complaint or institute or cause to be instituted any proceeding under or related to the OSHA Act or participating in any such proceeding. by Kara M. Maciel, Esq. and Dan Deacon, Esq.,

Lowering Costs and Staying Safe: Employees on the Road

HR Daily Advisor

Create a frequent flier and bonus mile program. Consider offering rewards or incentives to get employees to take alternate methods of travel. Treating pregnant women differently, even if you believe you are acting in their best interests, can be seen as pregnancy discrimination.

2019 HR & Compliance Web Summit: Executive Summary


W&H is now permitting employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments paid on at least an annual basis to satisfy up to 10 percent of the salary requirement Want to learn more around wage and hour? Around 100K discrimination charges in 2018.

Updated List of Cities and States with a Salary History Ban


Another reports that bonuses and other forms of incentive pay add to the problem. The idea behind the ban is that women and minorities have historically experienced pay discrimination; using a salary history as a baseline for a new compensation offer is a practice that perpetuates this pay discrimination. Over three months into 2019, women will finally have earned in 15 months as much as men did in the past 12.

my boss refused to send a dying coworker flowers, people keep stealing food for meetings, and more

Ask a Manager

My question is around severance and retention bonuses. Usually when companies agree to give more severance, it’s because there’s some incentive for them to do it — like that they’re concerned that you’ll sue over a real or perceived legal issue like discrimination (because in exchange for severance, they’ll have you sign a release of any legal claims), or because it will get you to agree to stay through a transition, or so forth. It’s five answers to five questions.

Are Company Sponsored Fitness Programs Good or Bad?

Evil HR Lady

The financial incentive to the companies is fine and something I understand. I see nothing wrong with this tactic, but bonus money for losing weight is just plain wrong! I see nothing wrong with promoting a healthy workplace incentive, You have the CHOICE to participate.