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  • Record Black Friday Sales Signal a Shift

    Hot Holiday Spending Begs Review of Comp Practices

    492893557_e23a26bd7d_oBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    You’ve likely heard the news that Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending topped all previous records - ever. “Where did they get that money to spend in a down economy?” you may wonder. “Is it still that far down?” would maybe be a better question. Considering the news, if you’re an employer, it may be time for you to review your current pay strategy and get up to date with the latest hustle and bustle.

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  • Why We're Thankful for HR

    3065338200_3a58e57428_oBy Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at PayScale, and especially the Compensation Today team. When asked why everyone should be thankful for HR, PayScale's Director of Professional Services and Education, Stacey Carroll, said,

    "You are the heart and soul of your organization, you keep everyone in line and you always do it with a smile on your face."

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  • Non-Profit Compensation in a Down Economy

    Reality Check: Why Non-Profits Need to Evaluate Their Pay Practices in Today’s Economy

    The past few years have been tricky for many non-profits. Those that have weathered the recession have done so because they have had great financial advisors or have been really creative. While our private-sector counterparts may be starting to see the light at the end, many non-profits are still struggling.

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  • Holiday Pay for Employees

    Answers to 7 Holiday Pay Questions

    6394869841_b9d954ef90_bDo you have to provide paid holidays? What about for new employees? And do you have to pay overtime to employees who have to work a holiday? We’re officially heading into the holiday season with Thanksgiving coming up next week and Christmas and the New Year just around the corner. If you are like most employers, you may be dealing with holiday pay issues. To help you out, here are the answers to seven common holiday pay questions.

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  • Comp Basic: Mean vs. Median

    The Difference Between Mean and Median

    Midpoint, market ratio, mean, median, merit bonus - I don’t know what it is with “m” words in compensation, but there are a lot of them and it can get confusing. Let’s try to simplify things by breaking down the difference between two commonly confused words: mean and median.

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  • Tips for Entry-Level Recruiting

    Building an Entry-Level Talent Network

    By Brian Heifferon, AfterCollege

    Recruiting can be a thankless business. Recruiters know that the news headlines about historically high unemployment only tell a small part of the story. The fact is, it’s actually harder than ever to find highly qualified candidates in industries like high tech, engineering, accounting, science and healthcare. This shortage of in-demand talent is even more pronounced when you’re trying to identify top college students and recent graduates.

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  • PayScale Compensation Quiz

    Compensation Quiz: Are You a Comp Whiz Kid?

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Becoming a compensation whiz can be an intimidating task, especially with all of the lingo you need to know. How strong is your compensation know-how? This compensation quiz is intended help you test yourself and fill in the gaps in your knowledge.

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  • Take Caution When Terminating Older Employees

    Terminating Older Employees: OWBPA Q&A

    Release agreements can help prevent lawsuits when employees are terminated. But, if you want to protect against age discrimination claims, your release must meet eight specific criteria. The following question and answer transcript covers the basic issues you may run into when terminating older employees.

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  • Why HR Must Know Market Data

    Why HR People Should Know Market Data

    A lot of people assume that human resources professionals are all about the “fluffy stuff,” like employee morale, following up with benefits issues, making sure an employee gets leave for family emergency and other very human dilemmas. They aren’t usually relied upon for hard-hitting market data. But, they should be. HR pros should be the best resource for data about a company’s labor costs.

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  • Fresh Facts About Canada from The Payscale Index

    Aiming Upwards: Canada in Q3 2011 PayScale Index

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Canada has certainly seen celebrity excitement this year. Royal newlyweds Princess Catherine and Prince William toured through in April and now teen idol and Canadian native Justin Bieber has brought his starlet girlfriend Selena Gomez to Winnipeg for some serious romancing. What more excitement can Canada take? How about a continuing upward trend in national wages? We, here at PayScale, think that is biggest news for Canada this year, but we’re biased. Does The PayScale Index beat out Bieber? Absolutely.

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  • HR Job Salaries Up in Q3 2011

    HR Salaries Ahead of the Averages

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    PayScale released its Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index and added some helpful new features, like easy-to-read charts, category rankings pages and job family trends. Which addition do we here at Compensation Today love the most? The one that is all about our readers, the new human resources job category page. We can now tell you how compensation for hard-working HR pros has changed since 2006 and get a sense for where it is going next. Hint: It’s trending up.

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  • Latest News on Hiring Veterans

    Obama Wants You to Help Vets Find Jobs

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Logistics manager, physician assistant, network administrator, cook, project manager, software developer, pilot, medical equipment repairer, accountant, interpreter, inventory specialist, facilities manager, maintenance person, medical technician, lab researcher, truck driver – these are just a handful of the many careers that military veterans are primed to excel in thanks to their training as service members. And, as an employer or HR manager, you not only get their skills, you may soon be financially incentivized to hire veterans.

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  • FLSA Exemptions Explained

    FLSA Series Part 1: Exempt or Non-Exempt Classifications

    This is the first of a series of articles explaining the Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA, or the Wage and Hour Law. It is the FLSA that defines at the federal level the distinction between exempt and non-exempt employees. Non-exempt employees are covered by the FLSA rules while exempt employees are not. Exempt employees are exempt from being paid for over time worked and are instead expected to perform their required work, regardless of the time needed to do it.

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  • How to End At-Will Employment

    Tread Lightly When Ending At-Will Employment

    Have you ever been tempted to terminate an at-will employee without providing him with a reason? Maybe you did not properly document the employee’s performance problems or are so fed up with his attitude that you feel like you have to take action immediately. After all, the “at-will” concept, simply put, allows you to terminate employees at any time, for any legal reason, or for no reason at all.

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  • Compensation Topics: Q3 2011 Wage Winners

    Energy and Tech Wages Up in Q3 2011

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    A glimmer of hope. That is what the Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index have brought to some industries, towns and workers. With national average wage trends managing to either grow, or at least not drop, for over a year, it’s clear that the economy is very slowly defrosting. Is pay up in your industry or town? Which job skills are best paid? The most recent results for The PayScale Index provide helpful information to HR leaders and business owners.

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  • Bullying in the Workplace: Information for Taking Action

    How to Address Complaints of Bullying in the Workplace

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Anderson Cooper of CNN created a special series on it. School kids suffer from it. And, HR leaders are on guard for it more than ever. Bullying has taken center stage as a major problem in the US. How do you, as a business leader, handle accusations of bullying at your organization?

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  • Sneak Peek: Q3 2011 Compensation Trends

    Coming Soon: Q3 2011 Results for The PayScale Index

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    Compensation trends, you need to know them. Most revenue doesn't go to utility bills and advertising, it pays labor costs. Streamlining and updating your pay strategy to stay competitive in your market helps you survive. How well are you keeping up with the trends? PayScale is here to help. We release our Q3 2011 results for The PayScale Index in one week, on October 7.

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  • Unexpected Leader: Burning Man Festival

    Employee Motivation Lessons from the Burning Man Festival

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    How can you inspire human beings to do something great? Books have been written about it, great thinkers have thought about it, and an annual event in the Nevada desert seems to have done it – all without setting up a rewards structure or incentive pay plan. What can we learn about human motivation from Burning Man?

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  • HR Matters to Company Success

    Time to Shine: HR Matters and This Is Why

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale

    What is happening in the world of human resources and compensation? We continue our conversation with PayScale’s Chief New Business Officer Dave Smith about trends he sees among PayScale’s customers.

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  • Successful Multimedia Presentations

    How to Create Multimedia Presentations that Connect with Your Audience

    By Bridget Quigg, PayScale.com

    As an HR professional working in compensation, you not only have to know your labor market, understand your company goals, beware of pay inequity, retain top talent and develop pay for performance, you must be able to communicate all of your ideas to your executive team and the rest of the company. Does that last task sound daunting? Here is some help from an expert on engaging multimedia presentations.

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