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Required employment postings – State of Ohio Minimum Wage change for 2020

Required employment postings – State of Ohio Minimum Wage change for 2020

By on Nov 22, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, Compliance | 0 comments

The State of Ohio has released its new Minimum Wage poster for 2020.  Ohio employers are required to post this in a conspicuous place where the employees can see the poster easily. Visit Ohio.gov to print your copy and post as many as needed in your workplace. Watch for new updates on workforce strategy or contact us for other helpful...

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Client success story – City of Rossford Ohio

Client success story – City of Rossford Ohio

By on Nov 18, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, Government and Public Sector, Success Stories | 0 comments

We’ve worked with a number of municipalities over the years, such as the cities of Cleveland Heights, Strongsville, and others, and we were pleased to help another one this summer with compensation benchmarking for its management positions. The City of Rossford Ohio is located in Northwest Ohio, along the Maumee River and is an ideal destination for discovery as you explore its quaint downtown, beautiful marina, its Crossroads Shopping mecca, and its historic surroundings. Originally contacted by a member of Council for assistance with this project, we worked closely with the City Administrator and Finance Director on this project. Ed Ciecka, Interim City Administrator and Karen Freeman, Finance Director, were our partners and said: We were interested in understanding how compensation for our management positions compared to the market.  This information would be helpful to both the Mayor and the City Council in planning for the next year.  Council members reached out to OA and we worked with them to provide information and review the analysis before presenting it at a Council meeting.   The OA team provided us insight into how we compared to the market, and gave us good information on compensation best practices and trends.  They shared meaningful information both in the context of public-sector employers and the broader market for labor. They used both survey data and information they acquired directly from other municipalities that we deem to be peers.   This information is important as we plan our budgets for 2020, and provide us and Council with a useful perspective on fair and equitable pay for our management team.   The information in their report was clear.  Furthermore OA was available to answer questions in person and provided both the Finance Committee and our citizens with a clear explanation of their work and findings.  We appreciate their assistance and recommend them. Public sector employers are one of our specialties.  Whether you are a municipality, agency, or public library system, we can help with your HR programs, including compensation benchmarking and pay structures, recruiting, and temporary HR assistance. If you need assistance with your compensation programs or other HR consulting needs, contact us and check out other success stories to learn...

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2020 compensation planning

2020 compensation planning

By on Oct 24, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, Performance Management, Performance Management Consulting | 0 comments

For most organizations, the fourth quarter is when compensation planning for the following year occurs. To make sure that you stay on track paying your people fairly and competitively, here are some things you should think about when you when you are planning for next year’s compensation budget. What should the merit increase budget be? Setting your merit budget is usually the first step.  A number of consulting organizations conduct surveys through the year and publish results in the autumn to help with compensation planning. Using this information an organization can determine what its overall increase target should be.  Most organizations use a system that rewards higher performers with a higher merit increase amount, while giving little or no increase to poor performers. Do your pay ranges need to be adjusted? If you rely on pay ranges to ensure internal equity and for ease of administration, you need to make sure they still have a relationship to the market. If it has been more than three years, you may want to check how your ranges compare to the market and if adjustments are needed. Are your incentives like commissions and bonuses driving the behaviors and outcomes you desire? If you pay bonuses or commission, how do you know you are getting the outcomes you want? Are they true motivators?  Is the amount of incentive pay appropriate for the job performed? There are many things to consider when paying incentives.  Spending some time analyzing what people are doing and what kinds of results they get is a good place to start when analyzing your incentive compensation plans. Are you rewarding top performers well? While studies have shown that there are so many other factors that determine how engaged employees are and whether they stay other than money, we do know that for top performers this is a key driver for them.  Make sure that top performers are receiving better than average rewards, and that you demonstrate in a tangible way that you value their contributions. Who will ensure that increases and bonuses are being allocated fairly? When it comes to compensation planning and administration, we feel that the best programs grow from a collaboration that includes operations, finance, and human...

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Client success story – non-profit health education organization

Client success story – non-profit health education organization

By on Oct 22, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Compensation Consulting, HR Consulting, Non Profit, Success Stories | 0 comments

Recently we had the opportunity to perform an executive compensation study for an organization that provides learning opportunities for physicians and health care professionals in all areas of clinical care and research.  They provide diverse educational activities that aim to increase knowledge, attitude and skills, enhance practice performance and improve the health status of patients and the communities they serve. This organization is affiliated with several hospitals in the eastern part of Ohio.  Because of the sensitive nature of this analysis, they wished to remain anonymous. This organization was recently set up as a separate entity and needed to develop a framework for compensating its staff, specifically the President.  They contacted OA earlier this year to provide insight into senior level not-for-profit compensation, and provide guidelines for appropriate compensation levels. They told us: We found OA and realized quickly they had the tools and experience to help us.  There are few organizations exactly like us so it is difficult to find comparable benchmarks.  Additionally, we wanted to understand fully the elements that can make up a total rewards package in order to develop the most meaningful compensation system.   OA not only provided benchmark compensation data using valid and reliable survey data, they analyzed elements of our current programs, reviewed public disclosures, and shared compensation best practices and trends to provide us with a thorough analysis and recommendations that we can take to our board.   They worked with us throughout the process to keep us informed of their progress and findings.  We got the information we needed to inform our board, and we also have a framework for compensation decision-making going forward. Helping not-for-profit organizations with their compensation programs if one of our specialties. If you need help with compensation or have other HR consulting needs, contact us and check out other success stories to learn...

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Overtime rule change

Overtime rule change

By on Oct 1, 2019 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Compliance, HR Consulting | 0 comments

On September 24, 2019, the US Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million additional American workers eligible for overtime pay. The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s [FLSA] minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004. In the final rule, the Department is: Raising the ‘standard salary level’ from the currently enforced level of $455 per week to $684 per week [equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-year worker]; Raising the total annual compensation requirement for ‘highly compensated employees’ from the currently enforced level of $100,000 per year to $107,432 per year; Allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments [including commissions] paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10% of the standard salary level, in recognition of evolving pay practices; and Revising the special salary levels for workers in U.S. territories and the motion picture industry. Regarding the first bullet…this means that any employee earning $35,568 or less per year will be eligible for overtime.  At the federal level this is time and one-half for any hours over 40 worked in a given week.  Your state or even your municipality may have different overtime rules. The final rule is effective on January 1, 2020. The Federal Register notice of the final rule can be found here. Do you need assistance with your workforce strategy or other Human Resources consulting needs? Contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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OA presents at the Northern Ohio Chapter of IPMA-HR Spring Conference

OA presents at the Northern Ohio Chapter of IPMA-HR Spring Conference

By on May 21, 2019 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Government and Public Sector, HR Consulting, In the News, Presentations and Conferences, Training and Development, Training and Development Consulting | 0 comments

OA was privileged to present its workshop Employee Compensation Basics at the Northern Ohio Chapter of IPMA-HR Spring Conference. The International Public Management Association for Human Resources [IPMA-HR] is the leading public sector human resource organization in the world. Their mission is to enhance public sector performance by providing human resource leadership, advocacy, professional development, and a community of HR professionals for the sharing of resources and ideas. The conference was held at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch on May 15, 2019. This annual conference brings together public sector Human Resources professionals to learn current trends and best practices in an environment that fosters collaboration and networking. We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the program and to be a sponsor. We are looking forward to next year’s conference. If you would like to know more about our workshops, or have other Human Resources consulting needs, contact us and check out our blog for more helpful...

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