• Was the Lilly Ledbetter Act Enough?

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    “Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and
    daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
    -President Obama's Inauguration Speech, 2013

    Today marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama's signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Though it may not have been enough to close the gender gap, other important advances, like data-driven software, have helped the cause tremendously. Let's first take a look back at highlights of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act:

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  • 5 for Friday: Reward Zone

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    This week's Five for Friday focus is on employee reward and recognition programs. Below are highlights of the week's articles on the subject. A consistent theme is to reward often, even if it means the rewards are smaller. As long as they are meaningful and timely, you'll fnd success in your rewards program.

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  • 5 For Friday: High Fives

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    It seems that five is the magic number in blogging these days. There are five steps to achieving anything and five key things you need to know about any given subject. Along those lines, we present you with our picks for five of the best five lists of the week.

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  • CFO Corner: What the Heck is Realizable Pay (and why you need to know…now)

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    Dan Walter, Performensation

    In the good old days, determining total compensation was fairly easy. Always wrong, but easy. For any given year you just added up what you paid people in base pay, what you expected to pay them in bonuses, other cash incentives, and the Fair Value (or a reasonable equivalent) of equity at the time it was granted. Public companies disclosed this information and shareholders were left to make their own projections from there. There has been a fairly rapid movement to a measurement called “realizable pay” (the current/recent value of outstanding pay). This metric may also be combined with “realized pay” (the value of exercised or otherwise delivered pay) in an attempt to provide a more accurate picture of total compensation and its alignment to company performance.

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  • Drugs at Work. Does Allowing Marijuana Make You a Better Employer?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    If your employees are looking to be out of a job in the near future, let them keep on smoking their ‘legal’ joints. There are currently 19 states that have enacted legislation making it legal to use marijuana for medical purposes, which is nearly half of the United States. Does your company currently operate in one of these states? What about in the future? How will you handle medical marijuana in the workplace?

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  • 5 For Friday: Ladies First

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    Evan Rodd, PayScale

    Now, more than ever, women are claiming their rightful place in the workforce. From HR to CEOs, the gender gap is rapidly decreasing, yet unequal salaries still remain. Why is this? Our weekly blog review examines how sisters are doing it for themselves.

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  • The Q4 2012 PayScale Index Shows Continued Wage Growth

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    Even with the uncertainty brought about by the federal government’s budgetary issues, Q4 2012 proved to be yet another strong quarter for wage growth. Wages for most cities, industries, job categories and company sizes tracked by The PayScale Index are the highest they’ve been since 2006 and every measure of The PayScale Index experienced an annual growth in wages.

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  • Are We Closing the Gender Gap at Work?

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    More than 50 years ago women earned about 60 percent on average of what men earned when working year-round full time. That percentage was steady up until the 1980s when there was considerable progression in the movement. The percentage then increase to about 72 percent where it has remained for nearly two decades only rising by 5% in the past 20+ years.  

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  • 5 for Friday: HR Resolutions

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    Still haven't gotten around to making a list of your own resolutions for this new year? The Web was abuzz with 2013 resolutions for businesses this past week. Here are some of our favorites to give you some ideas:

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  • 5 For Friday: 2012 Replay

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    In this edition of 5 for Friday, our last in 2012, it seemed appropriate to take a look back at the big trends that influenced HR this past year and will continue their impact on us during this coming year.

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  • 5 For Friday: Santa Edition

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale

    This week, in our weekly review of the blogosphere, we focus on Santa and all things holiday. 

    1. Without Magic, Santa Would Need 12 Million Employees Chana Joffe-Walt, NPR - Planet Money
      Ever wonder what it would take to do the job of Santa? NPR, with the help of FedEx and UPS figured it out and the answer is a whole lot of people! It's a good thing Santa's got the elves to rely on! 
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  • 25 Must Read HR Blogs in 2013

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    Jessica Miller-Merrell, blogging4jobs

    Technology is rapidly changing the face of HR. It impacts the way businesses are organized and is a big influence on how people define work. With more pressure on becoming mobile, social, automated, cloud-based and overall tech friendly, Human Resources must stay on top of the changing trends and demonstrate value. No longer is the Human Resources department where you go to just get benefits information, but it’s the department that drives the value of the company through recruitment and employee retention.

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  • PayScale Insight Winter 2013 Edition

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com

    Want to price your jobs more accurately, and get the most return on your labor budget? With the Winter 2013 Edition of PayScale Insight we're making compensation management easier than ever before. 

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  • Five for Friday: Times are a Changing

    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com

    The times are always changing, but we uncovered some interesting tidbits about exactly how things are changing for 2013 in our weekly review of the blogosphere. Here are our top five picks from the week:

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  • Five for Friday: Don't Worry, Be Happy

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    Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com

    Editors note: this is a new feature in our blog that you'll find every Friday. Look for our five favorite stories, infographics, or blog articles of the week. 

    1. Success Means Learning to Let Go
      Geoffrey James, Inc.
      Geoffrey James gives us timely advice for this busy chaotic season that mimics the message behind that old Bob McFerrin classic, "Don't Worry, Be Happy." A key to success is to learn to let go of our frustration about those items on our to-do lists that are driving us crazy because we have no control over them. Instead, we'll do better by saving our energy for the things that really matter to us. 
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  • CFO Corner: The 2013 Meaning Of Unemployment

    Although President Barack Obama has been re-elected, our country continues to be divided amid our economic recovery and job growth. With a 7.9 percent unemployment rate in October, Obama is tackling the highest jobless rate of any president in the postwar era.

    However, things do seem to be looking up in the 2013 unemployment forecast. The Labor Department recently reported the nation added 171,000 positions on net in October, with more jobs than initially estimated in August and September. According to the New York Times, economists are hopeful that post-election policies in Congress will address fiscal tightening that may increase job and output growth.

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  • PayScale: New and Improved!

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    Laleh Hassibi, payscale.com

    Today PayScale released improved versions of our products, MarketRate and Insight. This release represents the first set of enhancements resulting from recent conversations between our development team and our customers. 

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  • Small Business Wages are Climbing Fast!

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    by Laleh Hassibi, PayScale.com

    For the first time since the inception of The PayScale Index, small business wages are growing faster than their medium and large-sized business counterparts. This little but important fact has many sitting up and taking notice. Business Insider published an article about this fact noting that, “historically large companies experienced larger pay increases, however over the last two quarters this has switched.”

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  • HR Technology Vendors are Marketing Up a Storm

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    by Tim Low, VP of Marketing, PayScale.com

    I attended the HR Technology Conference and Expo in Chicago this week to meet with some partners, attend some sessions, and evaluate the show for PayScale for next year. 

    The sleepy little backwater that used to be called HRIS is now Human Capital Management (HCM) and encompasses software and tools for everything HR from recruiting and onboarding, to training, development (learning), performance management, compensation :) and even 'employer branding' (think of your company page on LinkedIn). 

    Here are three takeaways from the show: 

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  • 500 New PayScale Customers!

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    PayScale is growing fast! 500 corporations from across the globe made the decision to subscribe to PayScale's SaaS offerings so far in 2012. New customers in Q3 include Clemson University, Heartland Financial, Earthbound Farms, and Swift Transportation. They join many organizations, including, Adecco, Bloomberg BNA, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, the Tribune Company and Perry Ellis who signed on with PayScale in the first half of the year.

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