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July 12, 2010
Process of Performing a Compensation Review

In a BLR webinar entitled "Compensation Plan Design: The Three Cs for Achieving Success," Brooke Green, founding principal with Presidio Pay Advisors and Mary Topliff, Esq., founder of Mary L. Topliff law offices in San Francisco described the typical processes a company will set in motion when performing a compensation review.

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  1. Review job descriptions
  2. Interview managers to better understand positions and promotion requirements
  3. Benchmark jobs to surveys
  4. Create salary ranges
  5. Group comparable jobs into grades

Two assumptions are made during this process:

  • Jobs are classified correctly
  • Employees are doing jobs as described

Often legal counsel is helpful or necessary to confirm these assumptions.

Brooke Green is a founding principal with Presidio Pay Advisors ( where she provides consulting advice and implementation assistance to clients with compensation support needs. Mary Topliff, Esq. founded the law offices of Mary L. Topliff in San Francisco ( after practicing civil and employment litigation for nine years. The firm specializes in employment law counseling, training and compliance.

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