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Crackdown on excessive boardroom pay – as easy as publishing a simple ratio?

The theory: work out the average worker’s pay in a company, calculate the ratio between that average pay and the CEO’s pay, and then, if the ratio is large, name and shame the company and its overpaid boss....more

Blog: Does A Low Favorable Vote For A Say-On-Pay Proposal Affect Directors’ Reputations Outside The Company?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, say on pay has had some surprising consequences. While there hasn’t been much impact on the levels of executive pay, according to this paper, one group that have experienced some impact...more

Blog: Are The Days Of “I’ll-Scratch-Your-Back” Cronyism History?

As discussed in a PubCo post last week, a theory that is currently gaining purchase is that, whether as a result of say on pay or otherwise, the increased influence of proxy advisory firms has led to a kind of homogenization...more

Blog: Ninth Circuit Addresses SOX 304 Clawback Requirements And Liability For Rule 13a-14 False Certifications

A new case from the 9th Circuit, SEC v. Jensen, is the first circuit court case to confirm the SEC’s position that the “clawback” provisions of SOX 304 provide for a disgorgement remedy against CEOs and CFOs when the issuer...more

The Financial Choice Act: Implications for the U.S. Securities Legal Framework

On September 13, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee of the United States House of Representatives (the “FSC”) formally released H.R. 5983, the “Financial CHOICE Act” (the “CHOICE Act”). While the CHOICE Act has...more

Blog: The Unintended Consequences Of Say On Pay

This post from the Columbia Law School CLS Blue Sky blog, “Should Say-on-Pay Votes Be Binding?,” by two executives from the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations in Canada, in exploring the issue...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Whose “Misconduct” Triggers SOX 304 Disgorgement But Not What Constitutes “Misconduct”

Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. § 7243) requires CEOs and CFOs to repay bonuses, incentive- and equity-based compensation, and profits realized on the sale of securities received in the 12 months...more

New Nasdaq Rule Requires Disclosure of Third Party Compensation of Directors and Nominees

Effective August 1, 2016, companies listed on Nasdaq are subject to a new rule requiring annual disclosure of the material terms of agreements or arrangements between directors or director nominees and third parties that...more

Blog: It’s Back To Square One: Pay CEOs With Short-Term Incentives?

How to structure executive pay to drive performance over the long term—while avoiding pay levels that would be considered excessive—is a conundrum for compensation committees, consultants, proxy advisory firms and others...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2017 Proxy Season

For those who want to start preparing for the 2017 proxy season, our preliminary list of important considerations is set forth below: Directors’ and Officer’s Questionnaire - Nasdaq has adopted a rule requiring...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That SOX Disgorgement of Incentive Compensation Does Not Depend on Executives’ Own Misconduct

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held today that the Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s disgorgement provision – which requires disgorgement of certain CEO and CFO compensation when an issuer restates its financial...more

Say-On-Pay Considerations for Compensation Committees

Now that most public companies have held their 2016 annual meetings, and stockholders have voiced their opinions regarding executive compensation, it is more important now than ever for companies and their compensation...more

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Anti-Retaliation Rule: Assault on Pizza Parties, Drug Tests and Exec Compensation

OSHA’s recent Injury and Illness Recordkeeping reform has created quite a stir for employers. As we discussed in an earlier article about the new Recordkeeping rule, OSHA now requires employers to electronically submit to...more

SEC Requests Comment on Corporate Governance, Management and Security Holder Matters

The SEC is requesting public comment on certain disclosure requirements in Regulation S-K relating to management, certain security holders, and corporate governance matters contained in Subpart 400. This request is part of...more

Blog: SEC Requests Comment On Non-Financial/Non-Business Items In Reg S-K

The SEC has posted a request for comment on some of the Reg S-K disclosure requirements that were not specifically covered in the Reg S-K Concept Release, issued earlier this year (see this PubCo post), which assessed the Reg...more

Treasury Announces 2016-2017 Regulatory Agenda for Employee Benefits

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. ..On August 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2016

The Hershey Governance Settlement - On Friday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School, entered into a written settlement resolving an investigation conducted...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

ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2016

Editor's Overview - This month we take a look at the plaintiffs' past successes in fee litigations, and the influx of such lawsuits seeking to impose heightened fiduciary standards for 401(k) plans. Regardless of the...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq’s Proposed Rule on Third Party Payments to Directors and Director Nominees – The “Golden Leash” Disclosure

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved, on an accelerated basis, proposed amendments to the listing rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) to require Nasdaq-listed companies to...more

Nasdaq Rule Requiring Disclosure of Director “Golden Leash” Compensation Goes into Effect August 1, 2016

A new requirement that Nasdaq-listed companies disclose certain payments made to directors by third parties is scheduled to go into effect on August 1, 2016. The new rule targets so-called “golden leash” payments made to...more

Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

By Lori Jones Internal Revenue Code Section 409A regulates nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans and arrangements, which are commonly used to provide supplemental compensation to key executives. Complying with...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 4: Getting Paid

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

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