Compensation Agreements

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Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms

The good people at Ark Group recently published a new book, “Compensation (Re)Design for Law Firms,” edited by Soo Darcy. I was invited to contribute a chapter, entitled “Incentivizing the New Normal.” As regular readers...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Third-Party Payments to Directors

New Nasdaq Rule 5250(b)(3) is a result of increased activist shareholder efforts to place representatives on public company boards of directors. During the past several years, activist shareholders have sought to nominate...more

SEC Approves NASDAQ “Golden Leash” Rules

Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved NASDAQ’s new Rule 5250(b)(3), which requires NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose any cash or non-cash payments made by third parties to any...more

Nasdaq Requires Listed Company Disclosure of Third Party Compensation Agreements with Directors and Nominees

Nasdaq has amended its listing rules to require listed companies to publicly disclose compensation or other payments by third parties to company directors or nominees for director. The new rule, which is designated as...more

SEC Examiners Focused on Fund Share Class Conflicts of Interest

OCIE recently published a Risk Alert announcing that it will examine the potential conflict of interest created by registered investment advisers being financially incentivized to recommend certain share classes to clients....more

Nasdaq Adopts “Golden Leash” Director Compensation Disclosure Requirement

The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) has adopted a new rule that will require each Nasdaq-listed company to publicly disclose compensation or other payments by third parties to any current director or nominee for director in...more

Life and Annuity Series: Class Certified in an ERISA “Unreasonable Compensation” Case

The Colorado federal court concluded last summer, in Teets v. Great-West Life & Ann. Ins. Co., that an insurer could be subject to ERISA liability for receiving unreasonable compensation in connection with a stable value...more

Japan Patent Act Amendment: How to Compensate Inventors Now?

The most recent amendment to Japan's Patent Act, effective April 1, 2016, modifies the right of an employee inventor to "reasonable" compensation in response to calls for change from companies, but falls short of creating a...more

IRS Issues Regulations Affecting Compensation Arrangements at Tax-Exempt Organizations

On June 21, the IRS issued long awaited proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code that affect a broad range of compensation arrangements at tax exempt organizations. If a compensation arrangement is...more

TSX Proposes Mandated Website and Updated Equity Compensation Plan Disclosure Requirements

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) has published for comment proposed amendments to the TSX Company Manual (Manual). If adopted, the amendments would, among other things, introduce mandated website disclosure for all TSX listed...more

Covered California Approves New Agent Compensation Standards

Covered California, the state’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange program, will now include greater detail with respect to payments made to insurance agents. The board of Covered California...more

First Circuit Approves Use of FWW Method for Pay That Varies Due to Performance-Based Commissions

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court’s decision that an employer may use the fluctuating workweek method to calculate overtime pay rates even when an employee’s weekly pay varies because of...more

Affirming Common Sense: Appeals Court Rejects Plaintiff’s “Two Rights Make A Wrong” Theory Involving Fluctuating Workweek Method

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently sided with an ever-increasing line of cases clarifying the type of payments that may be added to a fixed salary without violating the fluctuating workweek method...more

Another auto finance company agrees to change dealer compensation policy to settle ECOA claims alleged by CFPB and DOJ

The CFPB and Department of Justice (the “Agencies”) announced recently that they have entered into a settlement with Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (TMCC) to resolve charges that TMCC engaged in unlawful discrimination in...more

NASDAQ Proposes Rule Requiring Disclosure of “Golden Leash” Arrangements

On January 28, 2016, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC proposed a change to its Listing Rules that, if implemented, would require NASDAQ-listed companies to publicly disclose so-called “golden leash” arrangements. “Golden leash”...more

In Battle Over Employment Compensation, Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Deny Arbitration

On interlocutory appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court decision denying arbitration because a later-signed compensation agreement did not retroactively apply as it contravened the intent of a prior independent...more

Health Systems Alert: Corporate Practice of Dentistry Prohibitions Have Teeth: New York AG Takes a Bite – 8 Key Takeaways

When contemplating a healthcare transaction between licensed healthcare professionals and non-professionals, a key issue is whether the state in question has a prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, dentistry or...more

FINRA Rule 2040 Goes Into Effect

On August 24, 2015, FINRA Rule 2040 concerning payments to unregistered persons went into effect. The rule, approved by the SEC in January 2015, is aligned with § 15(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Generally, FINRA...more

Federal Court Considers Expansion of FCA Retaliation

In a potential expansion of protections afforded to whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”), a federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia reserved ruling on whether the anti-retaliation provision of...more

"SEC Adopts CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Requirements"

On August 5, 2015, in a 3-2 vote, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules implementing the controversial “CEO pay ratio” disclosure requirements that were proposed in 2013 and mandated by...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Rule Requiring Delivery of FINRA Disclosure Document to Customers of Transferring...

On May 27, 2015, FINRA solicited comment on a proposed rule (the “proposed rule”) that would require a firm to which a representative has recently transferred to provide material prepared by FINRA (the “FINRA Disclosure...more

New Proposed Treasury Regulations Focus on Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service released proposed regulations under Section 707(a)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code relating to disguised payments for services between partners...more

Alert: IRS Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Regulations on Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS published proposed regulations (the "Proposed Regulations") that address the circumstances in which allocations or distributions made by a partnership to a partner that...more

Auto finance company agrees to change dealer compensation policy to settle CFPB and DOJ fair lending claims

Earlier this month, American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) entered into a settlement with the CFPB and the Department of Justice to resolve charges that it engaged in unlawful discrimination in violation of the Equal...more

Treasury Department and IRS Release Proposed Regulations on Management Fee Waivers

On July 22, 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS released proposed regulations regarding fee-waiver arrangements commonly used by private investment funds. If finalized, the new rules would recharacterize certain...more

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