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Some Positive Income Growth Has Emerged in 2015
While the days of sizable annual salary increases are likely over, recent research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that base pay has slowly improved for some members of the workforce in 2015.

Bonuses Awarded to Subpar Performers
Thirty percent of U.S. companies plan to give bonuses to employees who fail to meet performance expectations. Also, many employers are having difficulty retaining critical-skill employees. These two findings are not unrelated.

Pay Transparency Rule Won't Protect HR in All Situations
The U.S. Department of Labor clarified that its new rule expanding the right of federal contract workers to discuss pay inequality does not protect HR professionals from disclosing what others earn.

DOL Raises Contractor Minimum Wage Rate for 2016
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum rate for federal contractors will rise to $10.15 per hour, a $0.05 per hour increase from the $10.10 hourly rate that took effect at the start of this year.

Should Salary Discussions Be a One-Way Street?
Instead of banning salary negotiations to try to level the playing field, compensation experts often advise creating a fairer negotiation process for everyone, with clear expectations.

Noncash Rewards Most Effective When Tied to Values
With base pay increases restrained, employers are using noncash recognition rewards in new ways to improve performance and reinforce core organizational values.

Proposed Overtime Rule Will Result in Fewer Managers
Employers submitting comments to the Department of Labor say proposed overtime rules could shrink the ranks of middle-management and limit hourly workers' opportunities for upward mobility.

Wage Secrecy Prohibitions Require Caution
An increasing number of states are passing their own laws to make it illegal for a company to prohibit employees from discussing their pay, filling some of the gaps left by federal regulations.

CEO Pay Ratio Isn’t So Simple
While the Securities and Exchange Commission's new CEO pay ratio disclosure may seem relatively straightforward to determine, digging into the data—and considering the complexity of factors that influence the numbers—reveals it may be difficult to calculate and interpret.

Overtime Rule Change Bad for Business?
Under proposed regulations, faced with the difficult recalculation of overtime rates, employers may forgo incentive payments to nonexempt employees.

Proposed Overtime Rule Puts Focus on Compliance
The proposed rule to limit white-collar overtime exemptions is likely, when finalized, to add to the explosion of class-action litigation under the wage and hour statute.


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