Cost-of-Living Differentials for Top Expat Locations

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 11. June 2018 09:37
The recent HSBC Expat Explorer Survey provides a ranking on locations for expat job opportunities. The over 27,000 participants chose San Francisco, London, New York City, Dublin, and Birmingham, UK, as the top five cities. The ranking in the survey was based on work/life balance, cost-of-living, and salary. In order to consider the merits of each location, a Top Talent expat will need to fully examine the cost-of-living differentials between his or her Base (home) location and these Destination cities. On the hiring side, Human Resource professionals must be prepared to provide these highly-sought-after candidates with granular details on the cost-of-living as part of a competitive offer. As shown below, ERI's Relocation Assessor can provide comprehensive, defensible, and reliable estimates to meet this need. [More]

Nonprofit Board Members – To Pay or Not to Pay in 2018?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 8. May 2018 05:15
The vast majority of members of boards of directors in the nonprofit sector are not paid for their services. Board members typically serve on a part-time, voluntary basis, and many in the sector feel that they should not benefit personally from their service. While board members do fall under the IRS prohibition on “self-dealing,” there is an exception made for “payment of compensation ... for personal services,” which includes fees for board members. Payments, however, must be “reasonable and necessary to carry out the exempt purposes” and “not excessive.” So, compensation is permitted – but it cannot be “unreasonable” and “excessive.” [More]

Another Attempt at Mandatory Form 990 Electronic Filing

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 23. April 2018 10:32
The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee has released a discussion draft of a bipartisan bill that includes mandatory Form 990 e-filing. Sponsored by Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Ranking Member John Lewis (D-GA), this is part of a larger IRS reform effort. [More]

Are You FLSA Compliant in Your State?

by Lyle Leritz, Ph.D. 30. March 2018 10:13
In 2016, the Department of Labor published its final rule regarding changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which dictates federal overtime wage laws. Of note was a significant change to the minimum salary threshold required to classify an employee as exempt from overtime laws. However, a United States District judge imposed an injunction that stopped the rule's enforcement from going into effect, and, as of 2018, there do not appear to be any efforts to revive the proposed changes. [More]

U.S. Salary Increase Budgets Expected to Rise

by Linda Cox 13. February 2018 08:37
Given recent economic trends, the reasons to justify raising U.S. salary increase budgets over 3% in 2019 are increasing. [More]

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