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  1. Reward Systems and Legal IssuesOverview • Reward Systems • Legal Issues

  2. Reward Systems: Overview • Traditional and Contingent Pay (CP) Plans • Reasons for Introducing CP Plans • Possible Problems Associated with CP • Selecting a CP Plan • Putting Pay in Context • Pay Structures

  3. Traditional Pay • Salary and salary increases are based on • Position • Seniority

  4. Contingent Pay (CP) • Salary and salary increases are based on • Job performance • Also called: Pay for Performance • If not added to base pay, called: • Variable pay

  5. Reasons for Introducing CP • Performance management is more effective when rewards are tied to results • CP Plans force organizations to: • Clearly define effective performance • Determine what factors are necessary • CP plans help to recruit and retain top performers • CP plans project good corporate image

  6. CP plans help improve motivation when: • Employees see clear link between their efforts and resulting performance (Expectancy) • Employees see clear link between their performance level and rewards received (Instrumentality) • Employees value the rewards available (Valence) motivation = expectancy x instrumentality x valence

  7. Possible Problems Associated with CP • Poor performance management system • Rewarding counterproductive behavior • Insignificant rewards • The reward becomes the driver • Extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivation • Disproportionately large rewards for executives

  8. Selecting a CP Plan: Issues to consider • Culture of organization • Strategic direction of organization

  9. A. Culture of organization: Types of organizations • Traditional • Top-down decision making • Vertical communication • Jobs that are clearly defined • Involvement • Shared decision making • Lateral communications • Loosely defined roles

  10. CP systems for different organizational cultures: Traditional organizations Piece rate Sales commissions Group incentives Involvement organizations Profit sharing Skill-based pay

  11. B: CP Plans to enhance Strategic Directions: Employee development Skill based pay Customer service Competency based pay Gainsharing Overall Profit Executive pay Profit or stock sharing Productivity Individual Piece rate Sales commissions Group Gainsharing Group incentives Teamwork Team sales commissions Gainsharing Competency based pay

  12. Putting Pay in Context A reward increases the chance that • Specific behaviors and results will be repeated, or • Employee will engage in new behavior and produce better results

  13. Rewards can include: Pay Recognition Public Private Status Time Trust & Respect Challenge Responsibility Freedom Relationships

  14. How to Make Rewards Work • Define and measure performance first and then allocate rewards • Only use rewards that are available • Make sure all employees are eligible • Rewards should be both • Financial • Non-financial (continued)

  15. How to Make Rewards Work (continued) • Rewards should be: • Visible • Contingent • Timely • Reversible

  16. Pay Structures • Job Evaluation • Broad-banding

  17. Pay structures An organization’s pay structure • Classifies jobs • Into categories • Based on their relative worth • Is designed by job evaluation methods

  18. Job evaluation • Method of data collection • Determine the worth of various jobs to • Create a pay structure • Consideration of • KSAs required for each job • Value of job for organization • How much other organizations pay

  19. Types of job evaluation methods: • Ranking • Classification • Point

  20. Job evaluation methods: Ranking • Create job descriptions • Compare job descriptions • Rank jobs

  21. Advantages of using Ranking method • Requires little time • Minimal effort needed for administration

  22. Disadvantages of using Ranking method • Criteria for ranking may not be clear: • Distances between each rank may not be equal

  23. Job evaluation methods: Classification • A series of classes or grades are created • Each job is placed within a job class

  24. Advantages of using Classification method • Jobs can be quickly slotted into structure • Employees accept method because it seems valid

  25. Disadvantages of using Classification method • Requires extensive time and effort for administration • Differences between classification levels may not be equal

  26. Job evaluation methods: Point method • Identify compensable factors (job characteristics) • Scale factors (e.g. on a scale of 1 – 5) • Assign a weight to each factor so the sum of the weights for all factors = 100%

  27. Advantages of using Point method • Establish worth of each job relative to all other jobs within organization • Comprehensive measurement of relative worth of each job in organization • Easy to rank jobs when total points are known for each job

  28. Disadvantages of using Point method • Requires extensive administrative • Time • Effort

  29. Does job evaluation method matter? • Fairness • Evaluators • Impartial • Objective

  30. Compensation surveys • Information on • Base pay • All other types of compensation • Conducted in-house or by consultants, such as: or

  31. Broad-banding: Pay structure collapses job classes into fewer categories Advantages: • Provides flexibility in rewarding people • Reflects changes in organization structure • Provides better base for rewarding growth in competence • Gives more responsibility for pay decisions to managers • Provides better basis for rewarding career progression

  32. Reward Systems: Summary • Traditional and Contingent Pay (CP) Plans • Reasons for Introducing CP Plans • Possible Problems Associated with CP • Selecting a CP Plan • Putting Pay in Context • Pay Structures

  33. Legal Issues: Overview • Performance Management and the Law • Some Legal Principles Affecting PM • Laws Affecting PM

  34. Performance Management and the Law • Performance management systems are legally sound, if they are fair: • Procedures are standardized • Same procedures are used with all employees

  35. Some Legal Principles Affecting PM:Overview • Employment-at-will • Negligence • Defamation • Misrepresentation • Adverse Impact • Illegal Discrimination

  36. Employment-at-will • Employment relationship can be ended at any time by • Employer • Employee • Exceptions • Implied contract • Possible violation of legal rights

  37. Negligence • If organization documents describe a system and • It is Not implemented as described, • Employee can challenge evaluation, charging negligence

  38. Defamation • Disclosure of performance information that is • Untrue and • Unfavorable

  39. Misrepresentation • Disclosure of performance information that is • Untrue and • Favorable

  40. Adverse Impact / Unintentional Discrimination • PM system has unintentional impact on a protected class • Organization must demonstrate: • Specific KSA is a business requirement for the job • All affected employees are evaluated in the same way • Organization should review ongoing performance score data by protected class to implement corrective action as necessary

  41. Illegal Discrimination or Disparate Treatment • Raters assign different scores to employees based on factors that are NOT related to performance • Employees receive different treatment as result of such ratings • Employees can claim they were intentionally and illegally treated differently due to their status

  42. Employee claim of illegal discrimination: • Direct evidence of discrimination, or • Evidence regarding the following: • Membership in protected class • Adverse employment decision • Performance level deserved reward/different treatment • How others were treated (not in protected class)

  43. Employer response to claim of illegal discrimination • Legitimate and non-discriminatory reason for action • Related to performance • Note: Good performance management system and subsequent performance-related decision, used consistently with all employees, provides defense

  44. Laws Affecting PM: During past few decades, several countries have passed laws prohibiting discrimination based on: Race or Ethnicity Sex Religion National Origin Age Disability status Sexual orientation

  45. Laws in the United Kingdom: Equal Pay Act of 1970 Race Relations Act of 1976 Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 Disability Discrimination Act of 1995 Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003

  46. Laws in the United States of America • Equal Pay Act of 1963 • Civil Rights Act of 1964 • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (as amended in 1986) • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

  47. Characteristics of Legally Sound PM Systems • Organization: • The system is formally explained and communicated to all employees • The system includes a formal appeals process • Procedures are standardized and uniform for all employees within a job group • The system includes procedures to detect potentially discriminatory effects or biases and abuses in the system

  48. Characteristics of Legally Sound PM Systems • Management • Supervisors are provided with formal training and information on how to manage the performance of their employees • Performance information is gathered from multiple, diverse, and unbiased raters • The system includes thorough and consistent documentation including specific examples of performance based on first-hand knowledge

  49. Characteristics of Legally Sound PM Systems • Employees • Performance dimensions and standards are: • Clearly defined and explained to the employee, • Job-related, and • Within the control of the employee • Employees are given • Timely information on performance deficiencies and • Opportunities to correct them • Employees are given a voice in the review process and treated with courtesy and civility throughout the process

  50. Legal Issues: Summary • Performance Management and the Law • Some Legal Principles Affecting PM • Laws Affecting PM