Pay Equity for Lower Ranks Only

We’ve been focusing, along with the rest of the media, on gender pay equity and wage gaps for some time now. (Witness searches on  this HRE Daily site and our magazine website, HREOnline.com, alone.) But this latest study from the Academy of Management that’s going into the February issue of the Academy of Management Journal shows something we’ve never reported on: … Continue reading Pay Equity for Lower Ranks Only

A Groundbreaking New Pay Equity Law

Beginning July 1, 2018, employers in Massachusetts will be prohibited from asking job candidates about their salary history before offering them a job or asking candidates’ former employers about their pay. The new law, the Pay Equity Act, is designed to reduce the pay disparities between men and women in the workplace. Although other states (including … Continue reading A Groundbreaking New Pay Equity Law

Googlers Pass on Massive Payouts

Can you have too much of a good thing? A handful of Googlers working on the company’s self-driving car project seem to think so. The Mountain View, Calif.-based tech giant’s car unit—which in December 2016 spun off into a standalone business known as Waymo—has seen staffers exiting in noteworthy numbers, and walking away from potentially … Continue reading Googlers Pass on Massive Payouts

Commemorating Equal Pay Day

OK, so it may not be the most celebratory of occasions on the year’s calendar, but it is nonetheless well worth an HRE Daily post to acknowledge the persistent pay gap that has plagued women ever since joining the workforce many decades ago. To that end, HREonline.com just posted a piece this morning titled “Pay … Continue reading Commemorating Equal Pay Day

CEOs Pay the Price for Scandal

Whether it’s a companywide pattern of unseemly actions or one rogue employee’s dirty deeds, corporate misconduct happens. And, when it does, the chief executive has to answer for it. Theoretically, anyway. But how do you hold CEOs accountable for ethical breaches—and deter future lapses—that occur on their watch? One way is to hit them in the … Continue reading CEOs Pay the Price for Scandal

Marking National Equal Pay Day

In honor of National Equal Pay Day, President Obama is set to sign two executive orders later today. According to this CBS News report, one of the executive orders will prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries, while the other will mandate that the Labor Department collect data on the compensation for federal contract … Continue reading Marking National Equal Pay Day

The Democratic Party Platform: A Cheat Sheet

Turnabout is fair play — at least when it comes to politics in 2016. Last week I gave you a rundown on HR-related provisions in the Republican Party platform. Now it’s time for the Democrats. Reflecting the unusual character of this year’s race, the document — formally approved on Monday — contains many direct attacks … Continue reading The Democratic Party Platform: A Cheat Sheet

Political Landscape Uncertain, SHRM Lobbyist Says

With presidential politics entering uncharted waters, the legislative and regulatory road ahead is hard to map, SHRM’s chief lobbyist told human resources professionals gathered this week in Washington, D.C. But one thing is virtually sure: The federal government is likely to tighten restrictions on employment visas. “I do think this is going to be an … Continue reading Political Landscape Uncertain, SHRM Lobbyist Says

Egg Freezing: Unique Benefit or Bad Idea?

The Apples and Facebooks of the world are known for their original and generous employee perks and benefits. But these companies find themselves in the news this week for offering a new benefit that goes well beyond the usual on-site dry cleaning services and free haircuts. Earlier this year, Facebook began covering up to $20,000 for female employees to … Continue reading Egg Freezing: Unique Benefit or Bad Idea?