Entries by Bruce Johanson


That is the new annual overtime pay threshold figure that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released on September 24, 2019.  The DOL issued their final rule, and the new rate will become effective on January 1, 2020.  To be classified as an exempt level employee, each employee must be paid at least the $35,568, […]

It’s Time for Overtime

You are probably aware by now the new proposed overtime rule has been released by the Department of Labor.  Though the new provisions don’t go into effect until January, 2020, the overtime threshold will be raised to $35,308 ($679 a week) from $23,660 ($455 a week) per year. What this means for the employer is […]

Are You Ready?

It’s here.  Make no mistake about it.  I can give you a couple of examples to prove it to you.  First, I know of a young professional that recently was able to move from the corporate headquarters back to where he and his wife grew up so that they could raise their one son and […]

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 […]