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2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List (Part 1) Executive Compensation

As 2016 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. Like last year, we are presenting our “To Do” Lists in three separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 of...more

Countries at a Glance: Ireland - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employee entitlement claims are becoming increasingly common. Employees frequently seek compensation for loss of...more

Countries at a Glance: India - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - There is a risk that benefits under a stock purchase plan could be viewed as a part of the employee's salary and...more

Countries at a Glance: Hong Kong - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employee rights to receive Plan benefits after termination are not restricted by law. However, as a precaution,...more

Countries at a Glance: France - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under Plans, Plans should be...more

Countries at a Glance: United Kingdom - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Appropriate language should be included in enrolment forms stating that the employee has no rights to compensation...more

Countries at a Glance: Italy - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - It is becoming more common for employees to claim they have entitlements under Plans. The risk of employee claims for...more

Countries at a Glance: China - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - The requirement that employers in China remunerate employees in cash only, rather than in negotiable securities, is...more

Countries at a Glance: Belgium - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, employees should...more

Countries at a Glance: Australia - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employees may have rights to additional vesting or other benefits under the Plan in cases of involuntary termination....more

Countries at a Glance: Germany - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - In order to reduce the risk of German employment law restrictions applying to purchase rights granted to German...more

Countries at a Glance: Canada - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, the Plan and related...more

Countries at a Glance: Brazil - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - To reduce the risk of potential claims from employees that they have entitlements under a Plan, employees should...more

Countries at a Glance: Israel - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

Employee Stock Purchase Plans - Labor Concerns - A claim for breach of contract could arise where a Plan is amended or discontinued. It is recommended that Plan provisions are drafted so as to preclude temporary...more

Countries at a Glance: Denmark - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employee stock purchase plans have not been expressly included in the Danish Stock Option Act (the "Act"). However,...more

Countries at a Glance: Netherlands - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - It is becoming more common for employees to claim they have entitlements under Plans. The risk of employee...more

Countries at a Glance: Singapore - Employee Stock Purchase Plans

EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS - EMPLOYEE STOCK PURCHASE PLANS: EMPLOYMENT - Labor Concerns - Employees should acknowledge that the offer of purchase rights does not create a right or entitlement to further...more

Settlement of Calma v. Templeton Provides Guidance on Setting Director Pay

In response to recent lawsuits by the plaintiffs’ bar, I have previously posted about why public company employers may wish to consider adding a separate annual limit on non-employee director equity awards. Just last month...more

New California Law Threatens To Destroy Plan Uniformity

Companies often include a choice of law provision in their equity and other compensation plans. Some companies include a choice of law in the award agreement, either in lieu of, or in addition to, the plan document. ...more

Demystifying Phantom Equity

Phantom equity is a colorful term for a simple concept: compensation that rewards key contributors for increasing the value of the company without the immediate issuance (or even any future issuance) of equity securities....more

New FAQs Clarify Shareholder Approval Rules For Stock-For-Tax Withholding

It has been close to a decade since the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) last updated its set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding equity compensation plans. On August 18, 2016, the NYSE released updated FAQs and,...more

Should Tweener Corporations Include This Provision In Their Equity Compensation Plans?

I have previously commented on the phenomenon of what I call the “tweener” corporation. See Will The Rise Of Tweener Corporations Increase Focus On California’s Annual Report Statute? These are corporations that are not...more

NYSE Clarifies Answers to Certain FAQs on Equity Compensation Plans

Rule 303A.08 of the NYSE Listed Company Manual requires that shareholders must be given the opportunity to vote on all equity-compensation plans and material revisions to such plans, with limited exceptions specified in the...more

Restructuring Liquidation Preferences

Job candidates may choose to work for a startup to help build something new, to work in an environment that fosters and rewards creativity, or to get the thrill of climbing aboard a “rocket ship.” New employees rarely, if...more

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