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Brace for 2018: The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule is unlikely to be repealed — public companies should plan to comply. Takeaways - •The Financial CHOICE Act, which aims to repeal the CEO pay ratio disclosure rule, is unlikely to...more

Navigating Rocky Shoals and Safe Harbors When Board Members Fix Their Own Compensation

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Board members’ decisions to award compensation packages for themselves can present some thorny issues. In a close corporation, shareholders typically serve as officers and directors, and have a reasonable expectation of...more

ISS Releases 2018 Policy Survey

As is usual in the doldrums of summer, ISS has released its 2018 policy survey which generally foreshadows changes to ISS’ voting policies. In prior years, not everything on the survey resulted in a new voting policy. ...more

Blog: What’s Happening With Those SEC Proposals For Dodd-Frank Clawbacks And Disclosure Of Pay For Performance And Hedging?...

by Cooley LLP on

The SEC’s latest Regulatory Flexibility Agenda, which identifies those regs that the SEC intends to propose or adopt in the coming year— and those deferred for a later time—has now been posted. The Agenda shifts to the...more

Public Company Summer/Fall To-Do List: 5 Steps Toward CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

US public companies should be preparing now to disclose their CEO pay ratios in 2018. For the 2018 proxy season, most public companies will be required to disclose the pay ratio between their CEO and the median compensated...more

ISS Peer Group Submission Window Closes This Friday, for Companies with Fall/Winter Meetings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Information on self-selected peer groups may influence ISS as it constructs the peer groups that it uses in its pay for performance analysis in its voting reports. According to the ISS press release, companies that have made...more

Reminder on CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure for 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Beginning in 2018, most public companies will be required to include CEO pay ratio disclosure in their proxy statements. Despite efforts to repeal, delay or limit the implementation of the SEC’s pay ratio rule, it appears...more

Blog: Will Pay-Ratio Disclosure Benefit Investors?

by Cooley LLP on

One of the arguments that has often been used to oppose the Dodd-Frank pay-ratio provision is that the rule does not really provide information that benefits investors; instead, the argument goes, the real animus for the rule...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Is Your Company Paying Its Board Members Too Much?"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

The Challenge of a Well-Paid Board - You get what you pay for, right? Conventional wisdom says that the more you pay for something – a car, a suit, a handbag – the higher the quality....more

What’s Happening with Pay Ratio Disclosures?

Well, we’re more than half-way through the year, Independence Day has come and gone, the 2018 proxy season is closer than it used to be, and we still don’t know whether pay ratio disclosures will go away. A brief...more

SEC Commissioner Addresses Prospects for CEO Pay Ratio

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This week, during his opening remarks at the 2017 National Conference of the Society for Corporate Governance, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar remarked on prospects for repealing or delaying the CEO pay ratio rule. Under...more

Even If Enacted, The Choice Act May Not Repeal The SEC’s Pay Ratio Rule

by Allen Matkins on

While prognosticators continue to place odds on whether the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, H.R. 10, will be enacted, many commentators are claiming that it will “repeal” the Securities and Exchange Commission’s pay ratio rule....more

Securities and Governance Update – June 2017

by BakerHostetler on

As part of BakerHostetler’s commitment to serve as a strategic business partner, we are pleased to publish this resource, which is designed to keep executives, corporate counsel and governance professionals apprised of...more

Companies Should Continue to Prepare for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The pay ratio disclosure rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2015 require proxy disclosure in 2018 for most registrants. These rules require the disclosure of the ratio of the median...more

Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers in Senate's Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

U.S. Senate Republicans on June 22, 2017, released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The BCRA follows on the heels of the...more

Latest Court Decision Addresses New York’s Limits on Executive Compensation and Administrative Costs of State-Funded Providers --...

On June 22, 2017, the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department issued a decision in LeadingAge New York v. Shah on the validity of regulations promulgated by the Department of Health (“DOH”), pursuant to Executive...more

Blog: Does The Health Of The Economy Depend On Getting The Role Of Shareholders Right?

by Cooley LLP on

Are shareholders really the “owners” of corporations? Even though shareholders have no responsibilities to the corporations they “own”? Should corporations be managed for the sole purpose of maximizing shareholder value? Are...more

Trump Tax Proposal Could Create Compensation-Related Opportunities

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system includes a reduction of the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. If enacted, the proposal — a one-page outline...more

“Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs” – House Passes Financial Reform Bill

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 8, the House of Representatives passed the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 in a bid to reform the financial regulatory system created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The bill, which...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule – Start Preparing Now - Little Likelihood of Repeal or Delay of the CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Despite many predictions that the CEO pay ratio rule would be repealed, or at least delayed, there is no indication that any such relief will be provided to reporting companies. It appears, at least for now, that the CEO pay...more

Potential Impact of Financial CHOICE Act on Corporate Governance and SEC Reporting and Disclosure Requirements

On June 8, 2017, the House of Representatives passed, by a 233-186 vote (with all Democrats and one Republican voting against), the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017, a bill principally designed to reverse many features of the...more

Say-on-Pay Voting Frequency - The Financial CHOICE Act Adds Uncertainty to the Process

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The House passed the Financial CHOICE Act on Thursday as part of the new administration’s bid to overhaul Dodd-Frank. It is not expected to get through the Senate in its current form, but it does provide an interesting read....more

Blog: Pay For Performance — More Style Than Substance?

by Cooley LLP on

Comp Committees appear to have gotten the message when it comes to executive pay for performance. As discussed in this article in the WSJ, executive compensation “is increasingly linked to performance,” but investors are now...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2017

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, Uber announced that it had fired Anthony Levandowski, the former lead engineer for Google’s autonomous vehicle unit. Uber hired Levandowski to lead its efforts to develop a self-driving automobile. The firing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Hoping to reverse recent years of struggles, J. Crew is bidding farewell to CEO Mickey Drexler (though he’ll stay on as chairman) in favor of West Elm’s James Brett....more

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