HRA-NCA Surveys Updates

Effective Performance Evaluations Is Not an Oxymoron

Performance evaluations, reviews and assessments have been causing some talk by the HR water cooler these days.

Currently, most performance evaluations are executed yearly, performed either on a common anniversary date, around the hire date of each employee, the beginning of the calendar year or the beginning of the fiscal year for the organization.  Typically, a salary increase is associated with the evaluation and is contingent on the rating of the employee.

The Surprising Risks Associated With Crowdsourced Salary Data

Ask any human resources manager how they determine employee salaries and you’ll soon find out just how complex salary data has become in recent years.

In the past, HR consulting companies gathered data from a broad cross section of employers and then sold the reports to human resources managers to help them make informed decisions. Employers that could afford it had access to a handful of expensive but reliable sources for compensation-related data; employees had to make do with the federal government’s annual Bureau of Labor Statistics reports and whispers around the water cooler.

4 Tips for Switching to a Budget Growth Compensation Plan

The majority of organizations in the DC area default to a salary based compensation plan of yearly incremental salary changes. While this is a very common practice (after all, according to World at Work and Mercer, the majority of companies in the United States that offer a 2.8 to 3.0% average annual salary increase), it’s not always the best practice. That’s why many companies are switching from a salary growth compensation model to a budget growth one.

Could a Budget Growth Compensation Plan Solve Your Budget Issues?

If you’re like most of the organizations in the DC area, your compensation program offers employees a traditional 2-4% yearly raise. And according to World at Work and Mercer, you’re right on track with the rest of the companies in the United States that offer a 2.8 to 3.0% average annual salary increase. But have you ever stopped to wonder if this classic compensation plan is actually the best way for your organization to find and retain the most talented employees?

2016 Washington-Baltimore Metro Benefits Survey Report Now Available!

HRA-NCA is proud to announce the release of the 2016 Washington-Baltimore Metro Area Benefits Survey Report. The 2016 HRA-NCA Benefits Survey Report provides a snapshot of the current policies and practices from 143 organizations, employing over 123,000 employees. HRA-NCA partners with the Washington Area Compensation and Benefits Association (WACABA) and the Washington, D.C. chapter of Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB) to provide expert, in-depth analysis of healthcare, retirement, welfare, work-life benefits and over 20 other Benefits topics.

Job Evaluation: How to set pay?

The labor market in this area is funny, some jobs are so in demand that you have to ‘pay what you have to’ while other jobs have so many qualified applicants that you get to hold down the pay.  So, what is the ‘best’ job evaluation system for us in the DC, VA, MD area?

2016 HRA-NCA Surveys will open for Participation on March 1st!

2016 HRA-NCA Surveys will soon be open for participation!

Organizations in the DC and Baltimore metropolitan areas are encouraged to participate.  Participants of the survey will receive the opportunity to purchase the survey report at a substantial discount.  Please visit the following links for additional information:

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Executive Order Mandates Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

In a September 7, 2015 fact sheet, the White House estimated that 40 percent of employees in the private-sector workforce do not have paid sick leave.  Thus, the President targeted federal contractors in this effort by issuing an Executive Order on Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  The Executive Order (EO) becomes

Knowing Regional Salaries is Vital to Hiring Good Talent!

The HRA-NCA Compensation Survey, representing over 500 jobs, includes data on recent new hire salaries, in addition to  pay rangesbase pay, and short term incentives. These metrics are invaluable when establishing market salaries for new hires and developing your organization’s compensation philosophy. 

Average New Hire Salary 

Save 30% on HRA-NCA Surveys

This Week Only- Save 30% on HRA-NCA Surveys!*

Submit your order now through Friday, November 13th 2015, to save 30% on HRA-NCA survey products! The surveys report on over 40 policies and practices in the region, encompassing leave benefits, retirement benefits, executive medicalpay increase budgets, bonuses, turnoversecurity clearances and much more. 

Not Everyone Is Protected by Pay Transparency Ruling

Not Everyone Is Protected by Pay Transparency Ruling

This month’s analyst is Eileen Taylor, a member of the HRA-NCA Compensation committee.  Eileen has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources including human capital plans, compensation programs and recruiting strategies. With a degree from Radford University, she is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).  She co-authored the handbook “Simplify Social Media for Recruiting” to motivate the recruitment and HR community and clients.

The 2015 Salary Planning Survey Report is now available!

The Salary Planning Survey is an invaluable budgeting tool for pay increase budgets, variable pay, and staffing plans for next year. This economical report provides detailed breakouts by industry, revenue, size and location. With participation from over 100 companies in the Washington-Baltimore area, the Salary Planning Survey helps you answer tough questions as you plan for your budgeting and policy needs.

Ask the Analyst

Executive Pay Reform – Round Two

This month’s analyst is Challie Clemons, a member of the HRA-NCA Compensation committee.  Challie has over 17 years of experience in Human Resources including Total Rewards and executive compensation for publically traded companies. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Remuneration Professional (GRP).

What is the Dodd-Frank Act?

Ask the Analyst: DC Wage Theft, what is it, and what should HR professionals in DC know about it?

This month’s analyst is Denise Mascola, a member of the HRA-NCA Compensation committee.  Denise has over 17 years of experience in human resources, specializes in employee relations and compensation and has been an HRA-NCA member since 2010.

The 2015 Washington-Baltimore Metro Area Benefits Survey is now available!

HRA-NCA is proud to announce the release of the 2015 Washington-Baltimore Metro Area Benefits Survey Report. The 2015 HRA-NCA Benefits Survey Report provides a snapshot of the current policies and practices from 160 organizations, employing over 109,944 employees. HRA-NCA partners with the Washington Area Compensation and Benefits Association (WACABA) and the Washington, D.C. chapter of Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB) to provide expert, in-depth analysis of healthcare, retirement, welfare, work-life benefits and over 20 other Benefits topics.

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