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Your Compensation Questions, Answered

March 25, 2010
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Compensation expert Ann Bares, who recently presented a Workforce Management webcast, "Making Compensation Work in 2010 and Beyond," answers some of the key questions she didn’t get a chance to address during the event. Here are her answers on questions including how to get leadership involved in revamping a compensation program and aligning compensation with company performance.
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Citigroup Investment Brokers Have Unanswered Questions About Compensation

October 9, 2009
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Citigroup’s recent announcement that it will convert most of the brokers in its bank-based network into fee-based advisors has many of them wondering how they will be compensated and what they will be selling.
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Pay and Prestige Still Closely Linked on Wall Street Despite Financial Market Turmoil

October 8, 2009
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There’s a saying on Wall Street that only two things really matter: how much you get paid and how others regard your firm. A new survey finds the best-paying firms also happen to be the most highly regarded.
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Granting Equity Incentives to Employees

September 14, 2009
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The grant of equity to employees implicates issues across several areas of the law, including tax, securities, corporate and contract law. Although an entire book could easily be written on the subject of employee equity grants, here are some of the initial questions and issues that employee equity grants frequently involve.
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Getting Ahead of the Market Compensation Issues for Pre-IPO Companies

July 30, 2009
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When preparing for a public offering, companies need to ensure their compensation programs are consistent with public-company standards. Here are some key compensation issues companies should consider before they issue that IPO.
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10 (or More) Things I Hate About Compensation Departments

May 29, 2009
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Commentary: The compensation function is unwilling to be held accountable for anything, even though the combined employee compensation budget is generally the largest single variable corporate expense. Here’s what comp departments do wrong, and how they could be fixed.
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Merit Pay, Differentiation and the Tragedy of the Commons

December 8, 2008
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Commentary: Merit pay can't succeed when the short-term interests of individuals (such as managers protecting the interests of their direct reports) are at odds with the long-term interests of the group (such as an organization striving for real performance differentiation). But what if those managers were held accountable for their merit-pay choices?
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Incentive Plan Design Begins With Good Questions

October 14, 2008
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Commentary: If there’s one thing I’ve learned in many years of designing, implementing, reviewing and—yes— fixing incentive plans, it’s this: Incentives can be a powerful force for the positive, but they also have the potential to be ineffective and even damaging when carelessly thrown at ill-defined problems.
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Wall Street Turmoil Tainting Stock Option Plans

September 17, 2008
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According to published reports, Lehman employees received much of their pay in stock options and shares. In some cases, stock could have made up 10 percent to 60 percent of employee compensation.
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Pay Raises Next Year Unchanged for Most, but Accountants Will Make Out Fine

September 8, 2008
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Those who work at accounting firms should see above-average salary increases of about 4.6 percent. Other industries likely to offer bigger-than-average raises include energy and construction/engineering, both with 4.5 percent base pay increases.
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