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Compensation

The Impact of Having an Effective Salary Structure

May 26, 2017

What an Effective Salary Structure Can Do For Your Business It is common for organizational leaders to dwell on what percentage salary increases to give to employees, how much they should offer to a candidate that they’re looking to hire, or even what compensation should be provided to an...

How to Best Approach Reducing the Gender Wage Gap at Your Organization

April 4, 2017

What Organizations Can Do to Reduce the Gender Pay Gap During a recent interview about gender pay equity on Freakonomics with Harvard economics professor Claudia Goldin, she noted that the reasons for the existence of the gender pay gap in the United States are varied and complex. For organizations...

Incentive Program Design Project Review: A Client Success Story

December 5, 2016

The Incentive Plan Problem A growing consulting firm with employees across the United States and internationally engaged with Helios HR to enhance their current incentive plan to align with the current and future business strategy.  This business had previously designed and implemented a successful incentive program to drive the...

The Best Approach to Variable Pay

July 27, 2016

I have to be honest about something. The past couple of weeks of my life can easily be characterized as blissful, upbeat and downright thrilling! To the naked eye, one might think the levity in my step is due to summer’s dynamic and awe-inspiring energy or the fact my...

A Review of the Top Incentive Plan Design Trends for Small Business in 2016 – 2017

July 5, 2016

One of the main factors that contributes to the United States being a world super power is in large part due to its economy. While in recent years the US economy has suffered major setbacks and the deterioration of many industries due to offshoring and certain product lines becoming...

What the DOL’s Final Rule on Overtime Will Cost Businesses

May 19, 2016

White-Collar Exemption Changes Are Here Last March, I wrote an article when the topic of the DOL FLSA White Collar-Exemption change was being discussed.  At that time there was a lot of uncertainty about what the new minimum salary threshold would be; when this rule would take effect; and how much...

What the Gender Gap Is Costing Business

May 12, 2016

The Trillion Dollar Jackpot Lurking in HR Companies, large and small alike, are always trying to find ways to increase bottom line results and return profits to the organization, shareholders and employee base to signal healthy business operations and strong leadership. I cannot name one client of mine who...

Hiring Managers: How to Best Determine New Hire Pay

March 29, 2016

Picture it: you have just concluded your interview and shaken hands with the ideal candidate who has all of the qualities and qualifications you are looking for in order to fill your open role and you quickly rush back to office to get in contact with your Recruiter to...

Best Practices to Prepare for Pending FLSA Regulation Changes

March 4, 2016

I often get asked by clients, prospects, and others in our community what is keeping us busy these days.  Recently, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the pending regulation changes are a very hot topic.  Clients are calling us frequently concerned about the pending FLSA regulations and what that...

The 4 Seasons of Compensation: A Review of the Annual Priorities

March 3, 2016

I always get excited once February comes to a close and March rears its lovely face. I begin to notice the abundance of daylight, I hear talk of spring break plans and I even look forward to day light saving time despite that one sweet hour of sleep disappearing...

The Hidden Costs to Avoid with FLSA

February 12, 2016

Compliance around FLSA laws and regulations is in the spotlight and will remain there for a while from the look of the current landscape. The old adage applies, ‘where there’s smoke, there’s fire.’ Anyone watching events unfold can agree, the Dept. of Labor sees the smoke. The fallout from non-compliance...

How to Make the Best, Compelling Offer to Top Talent

November 20, 2015

Very recently I had a conversation with the COO and CFO of a client regarding a top candidate who had turned down an offer.  They were shocked and confused.  They had offered the candidate the compensation she requested and had thrown in a few small perks, but it unfortunately...

Reclassifying Employees? Top Problems to Avoid

November 3, 2015

The Cultural Problems of Reclassifying Exempt Employees to Non-Exempt under FLSA In June 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a key change to the provisions for determining exemption from overtime by raising the minimum standard level for salaried workers from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $970...

How the Proposed Changes to Overtime Will Impact Non-Profits

October 27, 2015

A Quick Review of the DOL Proposed Overtime Regulations President Barack Obama issued a memorandum in March 2014 directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to consider how the white-collar overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the statute which prescribes standards for minimum wage and overtime pay, could...

DOL Review: What You Should Do to Prepare for Proposed Overtime Changes

October 20, 2015

In June 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a key change to the provisions for determining exemption from overtime by raising the standard minimum level for salaried workers from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $970 per week ($50,440 annually). This rule change also includes implementing a...