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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Change COLA Dates Without Demoralizing People?

May 4, 2011
Employees at our company are accustomed to receiving an annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, increase. However, we are implementing a new system linking pay to performance, and those employees will have to meet their yearly goals to be entitled to the COLA. They will also be awarded a bonus for exceeding goals. Currently, COLAs are awarded throughout the year based on each employee's date of hire. In the new system, we wish to have everyone eligible for the pay increases at the same time, in April. How do we change the timing without de-motivating those who would have been eligible for an increase under the old system, but now must wait anywhere from one to 12 months to become eligible?
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Pay 'Philosophy' Could Prompt Workers to Stay

March 29, 2011
'Organizations should focus on communicating how their philosophies were developed and continuously benchmark their scores on pay satisfaction to remain competitive,' says Ashley Nuese, director of marketing and sales services at Chicago-based HR Solutions.
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Quicken Owner Win in Overtime Trial A Victory for Right Over Wrong

March 18, 2011
The case hinged on a portion of federal labor law that spells out overtime. Specifically, an exemption from overtime requirements is granted for financial services employees who have discretion to make decisions and whose duties are primarily office-related and focused on clients of the firm.
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Wage and Hour Lawsuits Top Employer Litigation Concerns

March 14, 2011
Wage and hour lawsuits are by far the most common type of employment litigation. The number of these lawsuits far outpaces any other form of employment litigation and verdicts and settlements are steadily increasing. What are employers doing to address this situation and to limit their liability?
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