Adjustment Guidelines Administration

The Adjustment Guidelines functionality allows the administrator to define and maintain compensation recommendations and guidelines for both salaried and hourly employees. The administrator can set up adjustment guidelines in order to provide recommended compensation for base, bonus, and equity compensation.

An adjustment guideline can be created for any component including base types (merit increase, market adjustment, COLA, promotion, custom base types), bonus, RSA, ISO, or NQO and each recommendation can be tied to performance metrics in order to drive pay for performance. The administrator can define availability of the guideline to setup different recommendations and guidelines for different areas of the organization.

If a user is subject to multiple adjustment guidelines, the guideline with the highest payout is applied.

To manage Adjustment Guidelines, go to Admin > Tools > Compensation Management > Adjustment Guidelines.

Adjustment Guidelines Workflow

If more than one guideline applies to an employee for a specific component, the following workflow applies:

  • If the guideline is a recommendation matrix, then the midpoint of the recommended range will apply for the employee.
  • If more than one guideline with recommendation matrices applies, then the guideline with the highest midpoint will apply for the employee.
  • If more than one guideline with recommendation matrices applies, and the midpoints are equal between the guidelines, then the guideline with the highest maximum will apply for the employee.
  • If one guideline is a specific amount and another guideline is a recommendation matrix, then the system will compare the specific amount against the midpoint of the recommended range of the guideline and apply the highest value for the employee.

Proration and Calculations

Proration can be defined based on an employee's time in an OU or based on their Hire Date. If the proration is based on Last Hire Date, then the most recent guideline that applies to the employee will pull in to display recommendations for the component on the task. If the proration is based on the time the employee was in an OU, and the employee switched managers during the compensation period, then the employee will appear in both the previous manager's and current manager's compensation task as follows:

  • On the previous manager's task, the budget will be adjusted accordingly to support the employee's adjustments.
    • The guideline that pulls in for the previous manager will be the guideline that is available to the employee based on the employee's previous OU.
    • The adjustment amounts from this guideline will be prorated based on the employee's time in the previous OU during the compensation period.
    • The min, max, and median recommendations will be prorated based on this percentage.
  • On the current manager's task, the budget will be adjusted accordingly to support the employee's compensation adjustments.
    • The guideline that pulls in for the current manager will be the most recent guideline that is available to the employee based on the employee's current OU.
    • The adjustment amounts from this guideline will be prorated based on the employee's time in the current OU during the compensation period.
    • The min, max, and median recommendations will be prorated based on this percentage.
    • For Bonus and Equity components that have targets, the targets will be prorated as well.

If the previous manager does not have a compensation task assigned with the same proration criteria, then the employee will not appear in the previous manager's task as the following applies:

  • The employee will only appear under the current manager's task with the recommendations pro-rated.
  • The employee will not receive an adjustment for their time under the previous manager and OU.

If the adjustment guidelines are setup where the same guideline applies to the employee in both the previous and current OU's, then the same adjustment guideline will pull in for the previous and current managers. The summation of the adjustments from both the previous and current managers will appear to the employee on their compensation statement as well as on all compensation reporting and analytics.

If LTI Awards that contain splits (i.e., RSA, ISO) are used and are prorated, then the full LTI Award Target and recommended award will be prorated in the same workflow that is described above in this section and the following applies:

  • For each manager, the splits will be calculated based on the manager's prorated LTI Award recommendation and the guideline that applies to the employee based on the employee's time in OU.
  • The prorated split amounts will be aggregated from all managers involved in the compensation of the employee for the task.
  • The aggregated split amounts will be captured in the system and converted to their grant/options when the effective date of the equity grant is reached.