HRM 430 Threaded Discussions


HRM 430 Threaded Discussions
Discuss the general goals of an organization’s compensation system, including how a compensation…


HRM 430 Threaded Discussions

HRM 430 Threaded Discussions

Week 1-7 All Students Posts – 576 Pages 

Compensation System and Unions and Compensation Discussions Week 1 All Students Posts 82 Pages

Compensation System – 40 Pages

Discuss the general goals of an organization’s compensation system, including how a compensation strategy works to support the organization’s business strategy. Which, in your opinion, provides the biggest bang for the buck vis-a-vis employee engagement, productivity and morale? As you look at your organization, how could you address a shortfall in the compensation strategy? What would you change? What happens if the organization can’t afford to be “equal” in the market when it comes to pay?  What other alternatives are there?…

Unions and Compensation – 42 Pages

Explain how you would partner with a union in creating a compensation strategy (you do not have to have worked in a union or been a union member to respond to this question). Describe how the FLSA, union, and employer work together in support of employee wages. I’ve learned that “relationship building” is the key to forging win-win outcomes not only on collective bargaining agreements, but also day to day union/employee issues.  As a follow-up question, what actions can employers take to forge such relationships?  Look at UPS, which is 100% unionized…100%.  The company thrives and employees are happy so obviously management has tapped the secret recipe toward effective union/management relations.  Thoughts?  Opposing points of view? In your own opinion, can you please cite 3 PROS and 3 CONS to union membership?…

HRM 430 Threaded Discussions

Merit Pay and Incentive Plans Discussions Week 2 All Students Posts 75 Pages

Merit Pay – 38 Pages

Define the concept of merit pay and the advantages and limitations of a merit pay system. Are your incentive compensation plans designed with a “pay for performance” objective?  Do they create a meritocracy?  What is a performance-based organization?  How does it relate to compensation?  Is this the same as achieving a meritocracy? Do you believe that pay is a motivator?  If so, why?  How can merit pay motivate employees and increase their performance?  Thoughts and/or experiences?…

Incentive Plans – 37 Pages

Discuss how incentive pay plans, both individual and group, motivate employees to achieve high levels of performance. Offer one individual and group incentive pay strategy that would work best in your organization. I would like you to discuss (a) whether your organization’s pay plans actually motivate workers; and (b) whether you agree or disagree that pay is a human motivator. Feel free to disagree as there has been much written about this subject.  If you have time, Google “comparable pay” and see what you find.  There has been considerable research from Ed Lawler and other theorists that portend that pay is indeed a motivator especially for CEOs. How does merit pay create a more productive workforce? What are your thoughts about the current movement to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour?  Do you think this will adequately motivate and increase productivity for employees who occupy positions that earn less than $10.00/hour today?…

Market Competitive System and Job Evaluation Discussions Week 3 All Students Posts 82 Pages

Market Competitive System – 42 Pages

Discuss the basic building blocks of a market competitive pay system, including the relationship between internal and external equity. In your readings and lecture this week you will learn about market competitive pay, which should be the driver of any compensation system.  You will be exposed to the notion of internal and external equity.  I encourage you to Google “competitive worth” as it gets to the root of compensation being a satisfier or disatisfier.  When an employee is working side by side with another who is earning more, what happens?  How would that make you feel?  So what’s the fix?  Thoughts?  What is meant by the 50% vs. 75th market percentile?  Why would one be used vs. the other?…

Job Evaluation – 40 ages

Provide a brief overview of the job evaluation process, including the importance of compensable factors. Detail the compensable factors of a position you are familiar with and their impact on that position’s salary. I’m looking forward to reading your posts regarding job evaluation processes, which are the primary drivers begin many HR tools for hiring and professional development.  To start, cite the compensable factors of any position you know, your own or otherwise, and discuss the impact on that position’s salary or hourly wage. What is the role of the HR generalist in the job evaluation process?  Is his/her role any different from that of the hiring manager? Who in the HR Department has ultimate responsibility for creating, revising and maintaining accurate, current job descriptions?…

Legally Required Benefits and Role of Benefits Discussions Week 4 All Students Posts 83 Pages

Legally Required Benefits – 44 Pages

Provide a general overview of legally required benefits, including their purpose in society. This week’s discussion thread is a rather interesting as you’re being prompted to research and share the health and wellness benefits that are “legally required” by law.  The fact that these laws are required should correlate to a useful purpose for their existence.  Please share both and let’s have a healthy dialogue.  What is the purpose of the Social Security Act and how does it affect the compensation of today’s employee? Do employers match the percentage SSI assessed against employees?   Since the SSA no longer mails statements, how can citizens access their annual social security statements?…

Role of Benefits – 39 Pages

Discuss the role of benefits in compensation. Review the primary reasons an organization provides benefits to its employees; predict future trends in relation to employee benefits. The term “Total Rewards” is commonly used in business today to represent the sum of cash compensation (salaries and wages), health benefits and retirement plans.  Discuss the role of these benefits in regard to an employee’s total compensation package.  Review the primary reasons an organization provides these benefits to its employees but most important, think about the changing times we live in with rising costs of benefits…and how so many companies are changing philosophies on what their obligations should be.  What is the difference between defined contribution vs. defined benefit programs?  Which have become more cost-effective for employers? What is the range of match percentages across good and poor plans?  What are the primary reasons for this unfortunate trend?…

HRM 430 Threaded Discussions

Employee Benefits and Retirement Programs Discussions Week 5 All Students Posts 86 Pages

Employee Benefits – 47 Pages

Employers offer a large variety of benefits. In recent years, we have seen some of those benefit offerings reduced. What benefit trends are you seeing with employers? What impact do you feel these changes will have long term? In order to adequately participate in this week’s discussion thread on employee benefits, I want you to research the impact of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act of 2010.  The A.C.A. has dramatically changed an employer’s obligation with regard to offering “affordable” health care coverage for its employees due to the obligatory “employer mandate.”  In addition, it has dramatically increased the overall cost of health care premiums for every American causing many carriers to drop out of the program and others like United Healthcare to consider same.
I suggest you Google any of the following and report your findings to this discussion thread:
1. Obamacare
2. Patient Protection Act
3. Affordable Care Act

In 2018, the Cadillac Tax will be imposed on those businesses on some companies as a result of ACA.  What is this tax and why will it be assessed?…

Retirement Programs – 39 Pages

In the United States, we have seen a trend towards defined compensation programs from defined benefit programs. Many employers have moved in this direction to help them be more competitive. What are some reasons that these benefit programs are offered? How are they designed? What are some trends that you see with the design of the programs? What is the difference between defined contribution vs. defined benefit programs?  Which have become more cost-effective for employers? As you know from your readings and research, fewer employees today are receiving company-paid retirement benefits than 10 years ago. What are the primary reasons for this unfortunate circumstance?…

Executive Pay and Contingent Workers Discussions Week 6 All Students Posts 79 Pages

Executive Pay – 42 Pages

Contrast executive pay with nonexecutive pay, including a discussion on executive core and deferred compensation packages. This discussion thread attempts to delineate between executive and non-executive compensation.  As a former senior executive and leader of my company’s executive compensation function, I can share that the Board of Directors Compensation Committee governs compensation for senior leaders.  The committee met twice annually (February and October) to review and set total compensation.  Senior executive pay generally consists of a base salary, short-term cash bonus and long-term stock bonus which can take the form of stock options, performance shares or restricted stock.  These shares usually have  a vesting period of 3, 4 or 5 years.  Vesting can be graduated (% over each year) or cliff (all at the end of the vesting period).  Depending upon one’s level, short and long term incentives should exceed base salary by 2 or more times. Share what you have learned in the readings this week that supports my assessment. What is the function of a company’s compensation committee?  Are all companies (privately-held, not-for-profit and publically-traded) required to have one?  Who generally chairs the Board of Directors compensation committee?  How is the committee structured?…

Contingent Workers – 37 Pages

Contingent workers are assuming a greater role in today’s organization. With that as a background, discuss compensation and benefit issues associated with the following workers: part time, temporary, independent, and flexible/telecommuting. One generally sees a high volume of contingent workers in the retail/wholesale/distribution industry as they gear up for holiday seasons and such.  In my company, the Auto Parts retail stores business, our season begins in April with the warmer weather and generally slows down in November and December when families stop driving on vacations.  Our sales pick up during that period so we staff our stores with what we call “Variable Service Part-Timers” which is nothing more than a contingent worker.  Please share your experiences with contingent workers and how they are compensated.  How does the fee process work for contingent workers (a) when they are hired; and (b) when they are converted to a permanent position?  Fewer employees today have full-time jobs than ever before. The last statistic showed a 10% decrease in full-time jobs in the last 5 years. What can be done to reverse this trend and still compete internationally?…

HRM 430 Threaded Discussions

Compensating Expatriates and Benefits in Other Countries Discussions Week 7 All Students Posts 89 Pages

Compensating Expatriates – 40 Pages

Companies have a variety of factors to consider when looking at compensating expatriates. What goes into this discussion? What are some common methods of payment, and how are they used?  What is the “average timeframe” associated with expatriate assignments? What are some items that companies look at when determining expatriate pay? What types of business circumstances would require the deployment of expatriate employees?  How is housing in the host country handled?  Who pays for expatriate housing…the employer or employee?…

Benefits in Other Countries – 49 Pages

Compare the benefits provided within the United States to those offered in other countries. What is different in terms of benefit offerings and benefits funding?  What strategies do other countries utilize in their benefit offerings that you would want to consider?  What tools do you have at your disposal to incentivize employees to seriously evaluate and consider such assignments?…

HRM 430 Threaded Discussions