2020 Articles


The CARES Act Offers U.S. Companies Relief, but Not Without New Limits on Executive Pay

The new CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, will affect executive compensation in a variety of ways. In this article, we describe potential impacts and what companies need to consider before accepting economic relief.

Published: April 2020
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Managing Sales Compensation Amidst Growing Economic Uncertainty and Volatility

As the humanitarian and economic impacts of COVID-19 continue to grow, organizations are actively reevaluating their business plans and sales targets. Below, our experts share insights on the warning signs to look for, along with short-term actions you can take to relieve pressure.

Published: April 2020
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For HR Leaders at Technology Firms, COVID-19 Means Preparing for Multiple Scenarios

While technology firms are acting very quickly to support workers in the face of COVID-19 through enhanced leave policies and special stipends, most firms are taking time to monitor market signals before making substantial changes to their core compensation programs.

Published: April 2020
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In Response to COVID-19, HR Leaders Must Keep Life Sciences Firms Moving Forward

Whether your life sciences firm is on the front lines of responding to COVID-19 or not, delivering life-saving discoveries remains as important as ever. For HR and rewards leaders, this means moving swiftly to keep workers as safe and productive as possible.

Published: April 2020
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COVID-19 Creates Unique Compensation Challenges for Retail and e-Commerce Firms

From keeping warehouses and supply chains running safely to adjusting pay for employees interacting with the public to supporting workers furloughed due to store closures, retail and e-commerce firms face a range of compensation challenges not shared in many other sectors.

Published: March 2020
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Considerations for Your Total Rewards Strategy in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic creates a wide range of challenges for business leaders to consider. When it comes to total rewards, here are the key issues to address. 

Published: March 2020
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The Spotlight: Adithi Jagannathan, Associate Partner, European Consumer, Commercial & Corporate Banking

Adithi Jagannathan focuses on corporate and commercial banking within the UK and Europe. She advises clients on compensation-related topics, pay banding, variable pay, and incentives. She also assists firms with their rewards strategies and manages relationships with key global banks in the UK, as well as international banks with presence in the UK and Europe. Previously, Adithi worked on the banking and capital markets team in India for seven years, managing the McLagan rewards surveys and advising clients on rewards across sectors, including investment banking, private equity, corporate banking, and commercial banking.

Published: March 2020
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Navigating the Growing Patchwork of Pay Equity Laws Across the United States

From California to New York, here’s a roundup of leading fair pay laws in the U.S., and tips for balancing local regulation with global consistency to promote shared standards within your firm.

Published: March 2020
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Life Sciences Sector Struggles to Maintain Consistency for Scientific Job Titles

A lack of control on the qualifications needed to be called a scientist is causing widespread issues throughout the life sciences sector. Here’s how to manage your job titles effectively.

Published: March 2020
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5 Steps to a Well-Executed Merit Cycle

Getting the right data to make informed pay decisions is critical to maximizing your merit budget. We explain the kinds of data you need and how to apply it.

Published: February 2020
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Creating a High-Performance Sales Force by Avoiding Common Roadblocks

Sales is critical to a company’s success, but so many things can go wrong with the way it is organized. We outline how organizations can overcome common roadblocks to success.

Published: February 2020
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For an Effective Job Levelling Approach, Follow These Five Steps

Job levelling is an important component for managing rewards structures. But many firms try to force a method rather than adapting the process for what fits the needs of their business.

Published: February 2020
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The Spotlight: Katrina Gerenz, Associate Partner, Regional and Community Banking

Katrina Gerenz is an associate partner within McLagan’s banking consulting practice, serving as an advisor to boards of directors and executives on director, executive, and staff compensation. With over 20 years of experience, Katrina designs compensation programs that reflect each client’s strategic objectives, pay philosophy, and culture. She partners with banks and credit unions to provide insights on industry trends and advises firms on incentive design, proxy disclosure, as well as regulatory compliance and risk assessment.

Published: February 2020
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How e-Commerce Businesses Are Scaling Their Workforce for High Growth

Using our survey data, we analyzed workforce planning and composition among e-commerce firms to understand how these firms are adapting their workforce for high growth.

Published: January 2020
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Best Practices for Credit Union Executive Compensation and Governance

Does your credit union’s executive compensation program meet governance standards? How does it compare to the market? This article outlines useful tips to help keep your firm on track. 

Published: January 2020
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Understanding the Evolution of Equity Compensation at Private Companies

Well-managed HR processes are key ingredient to successfully navigating high growth at private companies. In this article, we focus on benchmarks around equity compensation.

Published: January 2020
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The Spotlight: Karl Mischenko, Associate Partner, Financial Technology

Karl Mischenko heads McLagan’s global financial technology practice, providing clients with compensation benchmarking and human capital advisory solutions. He serves as the global relationship manager for many of the leading FinTech providers and assists clients across a full range of pay-related advisory services and products. Karl also supports the firm’s banking sectors, focusing primarily on infrastructure support areas including information technology.

Published: January 2020
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