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April 17, 2019

PART ONE

The Boston Globe recently reported (11/25/2018) that Harvard University was being sued by a group of Asian Americans named “Students for Fair Admissions” (SFA). This group claims that Asian American applicants are experiencing discrimination in Harvard’s admiss...

April 16, 2019

The debate over the advantages and disadvantages of automation goes back to the 1960’s, when our understanding of the true implications was nascent. The technological revolution really had just begun. Our arguments were simple: “it will make our company more productive...

May 31, 2018

Question: As a Human Resources Manager, I would like to implement a Job Evaluation Plan in my company to grade all of our job classifications. But my CEO says it’s not necessary. He said that the ultimate objective is to price our jobs, and therefore all we have to do...

April 11, 2018

Question: My company wants to set a goal of reducing the pay gap between men and women. Do we have to achieve “full parity” for us to be considered successful? Or is “solid progress” enough?


These are the days of pay transparency, and most companies and States have jus...

April 11, 2018

There’s a famous research question that has been studied in academic circles for many years: how can we get people to work harder in the workplace? The outcomes of such research are a long historical line of business incentive plans that often pay people a bonus for mo...

April 11, 2018

Question: “My company is looking for a better way to evaluate the performance of our CEO. It seems like “stock value” has been the primary way to do so, at least historically. Is it still the best performance measure of a CEO’s efforts to increase the value of a compan...

August 3, 2017

Question: In my role as a Compensation Manager, I compare my company’s internal pay rates against the marketplace. But I’m always curious as to whether I should be using the Weighted Average or the Median as the “central measure of tendency”? Is one better than the oth...

July 6, 2017

Sadly, too many companies say that they are giving their employees a “cost of living increase” when in fact they are giving employees a “general increase.” So what’s the difference?

January 12, 2017

Well, here we go again… another compensation issue to dissect on the topic of “Equal Pay for Equal Work,” or, the “Gender Pay Gap.” Choose your preferred label. In this case they are closely intertwined. This case specifically involves the women’s U.S. Soccer Team and...

June 15, 2016

Are executives paid too much? Maybe, maybe not!

A student of mine once made a presentation about the appropriateness of executive pay levels. As the ever-Socratic Instructor, probing for the truth, always testing his students’ ability to defend their positions on variou...

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