Diversity and Inclusion

Best Buy Commits $44M to Achieve a Set of Diversity, Inclusion and Representation Goals by 2025

Best Buy will commit more than $44 million over a five-year time span to achieve a set of diversity, inclusion and representation objectives by 2025, the organization reported Dec. 9.

Among other objectives, Best Buy is looking for a more diverse employee base; the organization said it tries to fill 1 out of 3 new, non-hourly corporate positions with candidates who are Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC). Moreover, it intends to fill 1 of every 3 new, non-hourly field functions with female candidates. Best Buy additionally said it looks to make "parity in retention rates" just as change its senior leadership positions to be "more in line with the diversity of CEO direct reports and company Board of Directors," it said.

The investment will cover network engagement endeavors, including $44 million to grow college prep and profession advancement open doors for BIPOC students including 16 scholarships for students at historically Black colleges and universities. Best Buy will likewise assemble an organization of in any event 100 "teen tech centers" to make ability advancement open doors for teenagers in disinvested communities.

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beqom Announces Its Acquisition of PayAnalytics, Solidifying Its Position as the First Advanced Platform for Pay Equity and Total Compensation

beqom | December 14, 2023

beqom, a provider of compensation and performance management solutions, announced it will acquire PayAnalytics, a cutting edge pay and workplace equity software provider. The global movement toward workplace equality has made it imperative for organizations to address wage gap challenges head on, for both competitive and regulatory reasons. beqom's acquisition of PayAnalytics means that companies can now embed pay equity into their compensation processes and daily decision-making, to create a culture of fair pay, build on a data-driven compensation strategy, and meet global pay equity regulatory requirements. The acquisition positions beqom uniquely in the market as provider of the most complete advanced total compensation and pay equity solution. The PayAnalytics solution, designed by a team of data scientists and HR leaders, empowers companies to analyze pay for gender and other forms of demographic fairness, and take appropriate action. Through multivariate regression analysis, it identifies factors influencing pay and proposes remedies for unexplained pay gaps. By delivering these advanced analytic capabilities in the context of a plug-and-play pay equity methodology, PayAnalytics will add the capability to embed instant and always-on pay equity into the real-time compensation processes managed by beqom, supporting data-driven pay decisions for new hires, merit increases, and promotions. beqom's compensation modeling optimizes the budget impact for pay equity remediation scenarios. Together, the solutions will provide companies with unprecedented abilities to attract and retain talent, drive performance, and optimize costs, while ensuring compliance and reducing risk. "Pay equity is no longer a niche area, it's a business essential, and the focus must go well beyond compliance and risk. Our in-depth research shows that companies that excel in pay equity have higher profitability, greater customer satisfaction, innovate better, and win the war for talent," says Kathi Enderes, Senior Vice President Research and Global Industry Analyst at The Josh Bersin Company. "Done right, pay equity is not a once-a-year-project but a way to run the company for equity. The right technology is vital because it's a complex undertaking. Combining the advanced pay equity capabilities of PayAnalytics with beqom's total compensation platform means that companies can embed a consistent and continuous focus on fair pay in their entire talent lifecycle, helping make their rewards function systemic and accomplishing higher rewards maturity." Customers can expect business as usual while having the possibility of benefiting from the expanded range of solution capabilities. Both companies are committed to maintaining the high level of service expected by their customers, while offering them broader and deeper functionality and expertise in compensation and pay equity management., Each will continue to drive product innovation in their respective domains, while tightening the integration between the two suites of products. "What distinguished the PayAnalytics solution and team for us was their specialized expertise and sophisticated data approach enabled by a great product. Additionally, the company's headquarters in Iceland places them strategically with a global perspective, straddling both the EU and the US. This unique positioning gives PayAnalytics an inherently global DNA and mindset, a distinction that beqom, headquartered in Switzerland, can appreciate firsthand," says Fabio Ronga, beqom CEO and co-founder. "Consequently, PayAnalytics exhibits a deep understanding and proven experience in navigating the complexities of global enterprises dealing with diverse local regulations. These factors serve as key differentiators that set the solution apart from others in the market. We look forward to working with the whole team on keeping PayAnalytics at the forefront of pay equity software solutions, and to bring that expertise to beqom's customers." "We founded PayAnalytics to eliminate the gender pay gap by applying data analytics and arming HR managers with quantitative decision-making tools," says Sigurjon Palsson, PayAnalytics CEO and co-founder. "We are excited now to join forces with beqom and take pay equity to the next level. By linking those analytics to compensation processes, customers now will be able to close the loop and create a culture of continuous fair pay." beqom was founded in 2009 with the mission to help the world's largest enterprises keep their people motivated and productive through comprehensive, equitable, and transparent performance and rewards. PayAnalytics was founded in 2016 to eliminate the gender pay gap by applying quantitative decision-making tools. About beqom beqom is a unified total compensation platform — managing compensation, employee performance, sales performance, pay equity, and recognition all in one place. beqom makes it easy for HR teams to handle every aspect of total compensation management at scale by empowering HR leaders to personalize compensation strategies with their organizations' needs. With beqom, employees understand their value, perform at their peak, and are rewarded fairly for their contributions. About PayAnalytics PayAnalytics is a cloud-based software solution that enables HR managers and consultants to conduct their own salary review, measure gender and other demographic discrepancies in pay, and offers recommendations on how to close pay gaps. Their reporting and visualization tools allow HR managers to understand the impact of hiring, promotion, and salary adjustment decisions on pay gaps, and to understand trends in their pay structure.

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Employee Engagement

Empathy And Carallel Partner To Empower Employers In Providing Holistic Support For Employee Caregivers

Empathy | December 15, 2023

Empathy, the comprehensive support system for loss helping families navigate all its emotional and logistical challenges, announced a new partnership with Carallel, the leading provider of holistic support, guidance and assistance for family caregivers. Progressive, family-oriented employers will gain access to a unique blend of tools and services which empower their employees to navigate the intricate landscapes of both caregiving and grief. This collaboration will provide continuity of care for both the caregiving population and those who have experienced loss. More than 53 million Americans support a loved one as a family caregiver, and 61% of them are employed. Caregiving affects every facet of an employee's life, including their mental and physical health (57% report clinically significant levels of depression, stress and anxiety), work capacity (80% of caregiving employees said caregiving impacted their work productivity) and absenteeism (missing up to 12 hours of work each month due to caregiving responsibilities). Stress intensifies when the loved one they care for passes away. Dealing with the tasks associated with loss can take families over 12 months to handle, and costs them on average $12,702. The burden is amplified for those balancing a full time job,with 43% of employees reporting difficulties concentrating at work in the period after their loss, while also suffering from symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, and memory issues, which can persist for months. Together, Empathy and Carallel offer a comprehensive solution to help employers reduce healthcare costs, improve productivity and effectiveness, and increase retention by addressing the holistic needs of employees through every stage of caregiving and grief. Carallel's approach seamlessly blends live support from compassionate, expert Care Advocates with comprehensive digital tools and resources to create personalized plans that boost caregiver resilience. It is through this caregiver-centered, holistic approach that Carallel is able to provide caregivers emotional support, targeted guidance and practical assistance across a wide range of caregiving needs — from disability care to elder care and beyond. With a similar approach, Empathy extends Carallel's offering, enabling employers to provide human-centered, tech-powered support to employees who have suffered a loss. Empathy's award-winning platform is complemented by a full-fledged Care Team, including on-demand Care Managers, who provide personalized step-by-step guidance through all the emotional and practical challenges of loss. This partnership will enable employers to have more streamlined contracting and a more seamless experience for employees, facilitating continuity of care for families throughout all of life's greatest challenges. "Empathy shares Carallel's core mission of making big life challenges easier by addressing them holistically — both emotionally and practically. We are committed to providing a seamless and comprehensive experience for employees navigating the challenges of caregiving and bereavement," said Shara Cohen, CEO of Carallel. "This is a truly interconnected collaboration — applying similar philosophies to intertwined life experiences. By doing so, we are reshaping the landscape of workplace well-being to elevate the overall welfare of caregivers and those in their care. "Employees juggling caregiving responsibilities with their full-time work commitments often find themselves particularly challenged when coping with the loss of a loved one," said Ron Gura, Co-Founder and CEO of Empathy. "By partnering with Carallel, a leader in providing assistance and guidance for caregivers, we empower employers to offer holistic, full-circle support that encompasses both caregiving and bereavement as integral employee benefits. With this approach, employers can ensure continuity of care through life's most difficult moments." About Empathy Empathy is the comprehensive support system for loss, offering bereaved families holistic guidance and care for all of the administrative, emotional, legal, and financial challenges they face after their loved one passes away. Empathy's award-winning app and care team are trusted by leading employers and insurance carriers to support their employees and beneficiaries through life's greatest challenges, saving them time, money, and stress. Headquartered in New York and recognized as a Top Digital Health Company by CB Insights, as well as a Most Innovative Company by FastCompany, Empathy has raised $43 million in funding from leading investors including General Catalyst, Aleph VC, and Entrée Capital.

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Employee Benefits

Employee Navigator and MGIS Announce Partnership

Employee Navigator | January 10, 2024

Employee Navigator, one of the nation's leading benefits and HR solutions for brokers, and MGIS, a national insurance manager offering specialized insurance programs for doctors, have announced a new partnership to bring leading-edge HR and benefits technology integrations to doctor group practices. The new partnership builds on MGIS's relationship with Reliance Matrix, a leading benefits and absence provider, and its unique Employee Navigator integration. "We believe the partnership with Employee Navigator will transform the employer and employee benefits experience," said Jeff Brunken, President of MGIS. "Through our relationship with Employee Navigator, our mutual clients will benefit from the technology-enabled efficiencies and ease of business that are so important in today's insurance marketplace. These integrations will help to drive participant engagement and client retention for our benefit brokers." Through the Employee Navigator relationship, MGIS clients will benefit from a dedicated support team that will help brokers build out a full-service enrollment experience and provide additional case management support, at no additional cost. As always, MGIS account managers also provide white-glove, specialized account management and billing support, all critical features for brokers and administrators. "MGIS has a long history of offering the highest quality insurance program for doctors. We're confident that our customers will receive an enhanced benefits experience through MGIS and Employee Navigator," said George Reese, CEO of Employee Navigator. "This partnership provides seamless, integrated benefits administration and will lead to a positive enrollment experience for brokers, employers and participants." In 2023 MGIS announced its exclusive partnership with Reliance Matrix, a national leader in benefits solutions and absence management. Together, MGIS and Reliance Matrix serve doctors in all practice settings and medical specialties. An Employee Navigator carrier partner since 2022, Reliance Matrix more than doubled the number of benefit plans and employer clients enrolled and managed on the Employee Navigator platform in 2023, through more than 150 unique broker partners. "Employee Navigator has played a big part in our overall success in the small and midsize employer market, thanks in part to our unique streamlined billing solution available on the platform," said Paula Hanson, AVP Benefit Technology Solutions for Reliance Matrix. "Our proprietary process raised the bar on service and convenience and continues to win fans among brokers and clients." Marketed through independent brokers and agents, benefit solutions include Disability Guard for Doctors™, a unique long-term disability product blending the highly valued policy provisions of an individual product with the guaranteed issue and simplified administration of a group long-term disability plan, as well as short-term disability, group life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment plans. MGIS also supports a High Limits Disability Insurance program, offering an increased level of protection for high earners, providing more robust and holistic protection for doctors above and beyond any group long-term disability and individual disability coverage. For those groups offering the high limits program, this specialized product will also be available on Employee Navigator as part of an integrated, holistic enrollment experience. About MGIS MGIS is a leading national insurance program manager experienced in building and managing specialized insurance programs for doctors. MGIS partners with highly rated insurers and focuses on disability and life insurance for practices of all sizes, types, and medical specialties. Insurance policies managed by MGIS are backed by the underwriting companies of Reliance Matrix and Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, and are marketed exclusively through select brokers and insurance advisers. MGIS services are provided by MGIS affiliated companies: The MGIS Companies, Inc., Medical Group Insurance Services, Inc., and MGIS Underwriting Managers, Inc. About Employee Navigator Employee Navigator is a rapidly growing benefits and HR software company integrated with over 400+ of the nation's leading insurance carriers, payroll companies, and TPA's. Its platform delivers brokers and employers a truly connected digital experience, streamlining the management of everything from online enrollment and onboarding to ACA reporting, time off tracking, and more. The company currently works with more than 5,000 brokers, providing benefits administration and HR products to over 175,000 companies and 14+ million employees and dependents.

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Payroll

ADP® Assist with Generative AI Features Makes HCM Decisions Easy, Smart and Human

ADP | February 02, 2024

ADP®, a leading global technology company providing human capital management (HCM) solutions, announces the availability of ADP Assist, a cross-platform solution powered by generative AI (GenAI). ADP Assist enhances HR productivity, aids decision-making with data-driven insights, and streamlines day-to-day tasks for practitioners, managers, employees and executives with simple, human-like conversations. It harnesses the power of ADP's unparalleled data and expertise along with GenAI to simplify the world of work. ADP Assist builds on ADP's current AI capabilities and is currently in early release with some ADP clients today with a planned rollout for all clients. "For 75 years, ADP has been at the forefront of payroll and HR innovation. With ADP Assist, we're providing an intelligent platform that simplifies HR tasks, leaving time for people leaders to be more strategic," says Maria Black, president and chief executive officer of ADP. "It's not just another technical solution; it's a comprehensive experience that combines ADP's unmatched HCM dataset and expertise to empower HR professionals, leaders and employees." Data Drives Innovation Data is at the core of all ADP products and solutions, informing and driving ADP's approach to innovation and AI technology. ADP has the industry's largest and deepest HCM dataset with over one million clients spanning 140 countries and 41 million wage earners globally. ADP's extensive and unique dataset is used to train ADP's AI to anticipate what users want and need. ADP Assist turns unmatched data into highly credible and actionable insights so that clients can make smarter decisions. Easy, Smart and Human "In a constantly changing workplace, innovation must keep up and meet people's real-world needs," says Sreeni Kutam, president of global product and innovation at ADP. "ADP Assist is the next step in our vision to create an HR ecosystem that is not only efficient but empowers employees and HR professionals alike. We've created a platform that understands the complexities and dynamics of modern HR management and offers smart, user-centric solutions. And, as always, we are committed to the secure and ethical use of data to support these technologies." ADP Assist seamlessly integrates with ADP products across multiple ADP platforms. It anticipates what users want and proactively delivers actionable insights in plain language. Using an intuitive, conversational interface, ADP Assist provides valuable and contextual insights which touch every aspect of HR – payroll, time, talent, benefits, recruitment, analytics, reporting and compliance. ADP's portfolio of currently available GenAI- and AI-powered tools deliver the following capabilities Easy payroll. ADP Assist validates payroll information. It checks for payroll anomalies and uses GenAI to identify and help resolve missing tax registrations and answer questions by drawing on ADP's large, up-to-date dataset of compliance information. This saves HR effort and helps clients to ensure employees are paid accurately and on time. Smart analytics. ADP Assist uses GenAI to dramatically simplify report creation by understanding context and generating insightful reports in an easy-to-understand format. HR practitioners and leaders can easily access internal, national and global workforce data from ADP's deep HCM dataset to analyze compensation, turnover, candidate profile relevancy and talent market insights. Human insights. Intelligent and AI-based HR support for employees and clients can anticipate and solve common employee problems across HR, payroll, time and benefits. This reduces frustration for employees and eliminates certain low-value tasks for managers and HR practitioners. ADP Assist can send personalized, proactive notifications to employees on their mobile device or desktop to help resolve HR issues quickly, keeping them productive. AI-powered conversational interface makes it easy for employees to get the information they need without involving HR. Search by Intent. The RUN Powered by ADP payroll and HR solution features an omni search bar that understands intent behind the search terms and uses GenAI to mine ADP's deep knowledge base to deliver easy-to-use and effective content. "In the age of AI, the better the data, the better the artificial intelligence," says Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst for Constellation Research, Inc. "ADP is uniquely well-positioned in the field of HCM vendors given the breadth and depth of its data. ADP is using that data to make AI more human, focusing on customer success in a worldwide space. This really makes a difference not only for HR practitioners but for leaders and employees." About ADP Designing better ways to work through cutting-edge products, premium services and exceptional experiences that enable people to reach their full potential. HR, Talent, Time Management, Benefits and Payroll. Informed by data and designed for people.

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