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Flat Salary Increases Spur Promotions
Salary increase budgets continue that show few signs of growth, causing greater reliance on other reward methods—such as performance-related bonuses and career-advancement tracks that allow employees to increase base pay by getting promoted.

Average Starting Salary Climbs 5.2% for New Grads
Class of 2015 students who earned bachelor's degrees in the computer science fields received the highest average starting salary at $65,849. Engineering and business graduates earned starting salaries that averaged $61,819 and $49,536, respectively.

Final Overtime Rule Expected in Latter Half of 2016
Despite conflicting estimates on when to expect the Department of Labor’s final rule on overtime eligibility, most expect it to be issued after July 2016 but at least one to two months before the year ends.

Expect More Pay Protests Leading Up to Election
The Fight for $15 protests, such as those in 500 cities on Nov. 9, aren’t confined anymore to the fast-food industry. If your business is targeted, it is imperative that managers don’t overreact.

Supreme Court Case May Spark More Wage & Hour Class Actions
The pendulum may be swinging back toward favoring plaintiffs in wage and hour class actions in a case where statistics figure prominently, according to some who observed a case argued before the Supreme Court on Nov. 10.

Mishandling Pay Leads to Rejected Job Offers
When hiring, pay expectations should be managed up-front, with honest discussions between recruiters and candidates.

2016 Income Tax Brackets Nudge Higher
While there will be no increase in the amount of wages subject to Social Security taxes in 2016, and no statutory income tax rate increase, taxable income brackets are being adjusted upward.

Expected 2016 HR Pay Raises Trail Others
Salary increases are expected to be modest next year. That appears more true for HR than for other professions. 


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