Entries by Bruce Johanson

2019: Pay Me (Too) Now!

Over the past few years, there has been a lot of good pressure regarding pay equity in the workplace. Though the recent #MeToo main emphasis has been the increased exposure of sexual harassment in the work sites around the county, it has also reenergized the pay gap between men and women. This pay gap will […]

U.S. Department of Labor Recovers More Than $2.9 Million To Resolve Alleged Pay Discrimination Violations at Dell EMC

PRESS RELEASE 5-14-18 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement with Dell EMC that requires the company to pay more than $2.9 million in back wages to remedy alleged pay discrimination violations at four Dell EMC locations in California and North Carolina. Headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Dell EMC is […]

University of Denver to Pay $2.66 Million and Increase Salaries to Settle EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit

PRESS RELEASE 6-1-18 Female Full Professors at the University’s Sturm College of Law Were Paid Average of Nearly $20,000 Less Than Their Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charged DENVER – The University of Denver will pay $2.66 million and furnish other relief to settle a pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), […]

A $2+ Million Price Tag Times Two

Pay Inequity/Pay Discrimination can cost an organization a significant sum of money as evidenced in the two following 2018 press release articles, one from the EEOC and the other from the OFCCP. Johanson Group, an HR/Compensation consulting company has assisted at least a thousand plus clients since 1973 with the review of their employees’ compensation […]

Creating a Competitive Advantage through Pay Equity

Creating a Competitive Advantage through Pay Equity Every organization should be in business for a particular purpose.  DB Squared’s main purpose is to provide HR technology tools to improve efficiency, effectiveness and positive outcomes in the compensation arena.  Johanson Group, sister company to DBSquared, provides compensation and strategic planning consulting to its clients around the […]

Equal Pay Day 2018

EQUAL PAY DAY 2018 Tuesday, April 10 Equal Pay Day is the approximate day the typical woman must work into the new year to make what the typical man made at the end of the previous year. Based on 2016 Census data, the 2018 wage gap between women and men is $.80 (cents). Equal Pay […]

What are Your Compensation Strategies for 2018?

In the February 2018 issue of the HR Magazine, Stephen Miller authored an article titled “4 Compensation Trends for 2018.” He mentioned that salaries have been flat for years and listed four trends that will potentially impact pay strategies for 2018. They include Promoting Variable Pay, Improving – or Removing Performance Reviews, Adjusting to Salary […]


We at DB Squared are thankful for our clients that have continued to use and provide suggestions for our current software programs DBCompensation and DBDescriptions. DBCompensation has been around since 2005 and the last update in January 2017 was the 10th and DBDescriptions has been updated several times based on client input. We maintain above […]

Compensation Strategies for Millennials

We have partnered with Equias Alliance, a nonqualified benefits plans and BOLI company, on a few compensation projects and one of its principals, Ken Derks, wrote a recent excellent article titled, “Compensation Strategies to Attract, Retain and Motivate Millennials.” One of his statements summarizes well where the millennials are financially.  “While millennials have essentially the […]