Entries by Blair Johanson

Benefits of a Current Classification and Compensation Plan

We recently completed a classification and compensation study for a public organization where the last formal study was done over 20 years ago.  With this much time between formal classification and compensation studies, the normal outlook would be that the organization’s classifications and compensation plans would be dated and needing a complete overhaul.  We were […]

COVID-19 Virus Pandemic Message

We hope that you and your associates are staying safe and well during the COVID-19 Virus pandemic social distancing period and now with the various staged re-opening plans for organizations and businesses across the U.S. Both of our human resources software programs (DBDescriptions and DBCompensation) are internet hosted.  We offer access to the DB Squared […]

PAY TRANSPARENCY (Internal Job Valuing and External Market Pay Data)

PayScale, a compensation and software firm, released a recent report titled, “Does Pay Transparency Close the Gender Wage Gap?” CEO Scott Torrey made the following statement based on the research findings related to their compensation study: “This latest research shows just how powerful transparent pay practices can be for organizations.   When employers use real market […]

CDLs ARE HOT

Our public organizational clients are experiencing supply and demand issues associated with jobs that require a commercial driver’s license. The counties and cities that require CDL’s for trucking and other road operated equipment are experiencing shortages in applicants that have CDL’s.  We have seen increased efforts by these public organizations to attract and retain employees […]

It is not a matter of “IF ” but “WHEN”

The EEO is under significant pressure by Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to finalize plans for employers to complete the EEO-1 Component 2 “Pay” and “Hours Worked” by gender and race form during calendar year 2019.  During a recent court hearing, Judge Chutkan was seeking input from […]

Addressing Employee Pay Compression Issues

Several states have passed new minimum wage legislation for 2019 and beyond.  Arkansas passed new minimum hourly rates of $9.25, $10.00 and $11.00 for years 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectfully.  To compound the impact of higher minimum wage laws, the employment market is becoming more competitive in certain business sectors and organizations are increasing new […]

Human Resources Focus for 2019 and Beyond

Enhancing Employees’ Experience With direction and support of the human resources team, the company culture will focus on tangible and intangible employee experience offerings that enhance the attraction and retention of top performing employees.  Meaningful company purpose, work focus, societal partnership, team and individual recognition, work-life balance, digital friendly technology and competitive and fair total […]