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January 28, 2010
Factors to Consider In Calculating and Awarding Pay Raises

In a BLR webinar entitled "Where's My Raise? How to Handle Tough Pay Conversations With Employees," Theresa Murphy of HR Partner Advantage and David Wudkyka of Westminster Associates reported that most U.S. employers consider one or more of the following factors in calculating and awarding pay raises to their workforces:

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  • Performance/merit increases
  • Cost-of-living increases
  • Collective bargaining agreements
  • Local pay rates

Theresa Murphy is the principal consultant for HR Partner Advantage, an independent human resources advisory firm based in Raleigh, N.C. She may be contacted at David Wudyka is the founder and managing principal of Westminster Associates, a Massachusetts-based human resource and compensation firm that specializes in pay, performance and productivity issues. He may be contacted at .

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