Incentive Compensation

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Private Company Employee Stock Sales Highlight Hidden Dangers of Compliance Failures

We noted with interest the latest moves by some Bay Area tech giants to permit their employees to sell restricted stock to help them realize the stock value as part of their compensation: See New York Times reporting here. ...more

Proposed Cardiac, Hip, and Femur Episode Payment Models Are Next Generation from BPCI and CJR

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on July 25, 2016, entitled, Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and...more

Focus on Incentive Pay Practices?: A Message from the Regulators

Incentive pay is an important part of compensation packages. It allows employers to reward those employees who perform well (and show those employees who do not that under-performing will have negative consequences). ...more

Nutter Bank Report, June 2016

The Nutter Bank Report is a monthly publication of the firm's Banking and Financial Services Group. Headlines 1. Agencies Publish Proposed Rule to Limit Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements 2. Guidance on New...more

Incentive Compensation Back Under the Regulatory Spotlight

Six U.S. federal agencies in late April and May revised and re-proposed rules that were originally proposed in 2011, to govern the incentive compensation practices at financial institutions with consolidated assets of at...more

Consider Adding Separate Annual Sublimit on Director Equity Awards

In response to the Delaware Chancery Court’s 2012 and 2015 decisions in Seinfeld v. Slager and Calma v. Templeton and Facebook’s 2016 settlement of Espinoza v. Zuckerberg, public companies that are adopting or amending...more

Agencies Propose Incentive Compensation Rules for Financial Institutions

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed new restrictions...more

New Incentive-Based Compensation: Proposed Rules for Financial Institutions

A group of financial regulatory agencies has released for comment revised proposed rules under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The rules provide for regulations and guidelines...more

The SEC Proposes Rules to Address Investment Advisor and Broker-Dealer Incentive Based Compensation

The SEC recently released a proposed rule pursuant to Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) with respect to the implementation of incentive-based compensation arrangements...more

What Community Banks of All Sizes Need to Know About the Proposed Interagency Rulemaking on Incentive Compensation

The federal banking supervisors have jointly published 285 pages of proposed rules on incentive-based compensation practices, as required by the Dodd-Frank legislation enacted in 2010. The proposed rules only apply to banks...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

Federal Agencies Release Joint Proposed Rule on Financial Institution Incentive-Based Compensation

Last month, consistent with their obligation under the Dodd-Frank Act, several federal agencies released for comment a joint proposed rule that would prohibit any incentive compensation that encourages inappropriate risk...more

What Constitute “Incentive Payments” Under the Final Overtime Regulations?

In order to qualify for one or more of the white collar exemptions to the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must meet three tests: (1) the salary basis test (which asks how the...more

Application of the Joint Proposed Incentive Compensation Rule to Investment Advisers

On May 16, 2016, six federal agencies issued a joint release inviting public comment on a proposed rule to prohibit or condition certain incentive-based compensation arrangements. This proposed rule was mandated by section...more

IRS Releases Final and Temporary Regulations on Self-Employment Tax Rules

Earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service (the "IRS" or "Agency") released final and temporary regulations (the "Regulations") that clarify the employment tax treatment of partners in a partnership that owns a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ECB Publishes Public Consultation - The European Central Bank ("ECB") has published a Public Consultation on a draft Addendum to the ECB Guide on options and discretions available in Union law. ...more

What Bonuses and Incentive Payments Count As "Discretionary" Under The New Exemption Rules?

One of the more surprising changes in the new FLSA overtime exemption rules is a provision allowing  certain bonuses, commissions, and incentive pay to count for up to 10% of the new increased minimum salary level. However,...more

Handling Nondiscretionary Incentive Payments Under the New FLSA Overtime Rule

One of the few “wins” for employers under the DOL’s new overtime rule was that employers are now allowed to apply “nondiscretionary incentive payments” to meet up to 10 percent of the new salary threshold. This change could...more

Partners Are Not Employees, Yet

Recently the IRS issued guidance in the form of temporary and proposed regulations clarifying that individuals who are partners in a partnership that itself owns a disregarded entity are not to be treated as employees of the...more

New Overtime Regulations Put Spotlight on Incentive Plans

One of the few concessions made by the Department of Labor (DOL) to employers in the new overtime regulations is permission to count non-discretionary incentive payments towards the minimum salary threshold for exempt...more

Agencies Invite Comment on Proposed Rule to Prohibit Incentive-Based Pay that Encourages Inappropriate Risk-Taking in Financial...

On May 16, 2016, six federal agencies – the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the National Credit Union Administration, the Office of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

CFPB Proposes Prohibition on Mandatory Consumer Arbitration Clauses - On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued and sought comment on proposed rules prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses...more

The Wait Is Over – The New Overtime Rules Are Here: The Reconfiguration of Your Compensation System Is Just Beginning

The good news is the long awaited rule on overtime has arrived – finally. The proposed rule goes into effect on December 1, 2016. The quick summary is the changes aren’t quite as bad as everyone feared. The long summary is...more

Bank Regulators Revive Restrictions on Incentive-Based Compensation

Financial regulators have proposed new rules limiting the incentive pay of employees and other service providers at financial institutions. The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 prohibits incentive compensation that encourages...more

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