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SEC Proposes to Modernize Certain Disclosure Requirements

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously to propose changes that would modernize and simplify the disclosure items in Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Simplification of Regulation S-K - Proposed Rules

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The SEC has proposed a series of amendments to modernize and simplify disclosure requirements for public companies, investment advisers and investment companies, particularly those disclosure requirements under Regulation...more

SEC Issues Proposed Rules to Modernize and Simplify Regulation S-K

The SEC has proposed amendments to Regulation S-K and related rules and forms. The proposed amendments are based on SEC staff recommendations in a report that was required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface...more

Proposal to Change from Quarterly to Annual Periodic Reporting

This post is not about a recent development or practice tip. It is a “trial balloon” to test, in a public forum, my outlier but serious proposal that has haunted me for almost 20 years. I began a fairly long article about it...more

SEC Issues New Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule, Emphasizing “Flexibility” of Median Employee Pay Calculation

by Smith Anderson on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release to assist public companies in complying with the SEC’s pay ratio rule. The SEC’s interpretive release emphasized the...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

SEC Issues New Guidance to Help Companies Prepare CEO Pay Ratio Disclosures

by Perkins Coie on

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently issued new guidance to help companies prepare their pay ratio disclosures that provides some relief for companies—and further validates that these rules are highly unlikely to...more

SEC Relaxes Pay Ratio Rules to Facilitate 2018 Proxy Disclosures

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release and new/revised C&DIs to assist companies in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement. The guidance...more

The SEC's New Guidance Provides Additional Flexibility for Compliance With CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by White & Case LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") issued an interpretive release and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance (the "Staff") published separate guidance and revised Compliance and...more

SEC Issues New and Revised Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Hogan Lovells on

On September 21, the SEC and the staff of the Division of Corporation Finance issued new and updated interpretive guidance regarding the CEO pay ratio disclosure required by Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K. The guidance...more

Updated SEC Guidance Emphasizes Flexibility in Complying with Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule

Beginning in 2018, U.S. public companies will generally need to comply with the pay ratio disclosure rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires that each such company disclose the...more

"It all sounds very reasonable..." New SEC Guidance Emphasizes Reasonableness and Flexibility in CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) published an interpretative release and related compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) for registrants regarding the CEO pay ratio...more

SEC Adopts Additional Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted interpretive guidance regarding Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, which governs pay ratio disclosure. The interpretive guidance is intended to...more

SEC Relaxes Pay Ratio Rules To Facilitate 2018 Proxy Disclosures

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an interpretive release and new/revised C&DIs to assist companies in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement. The guidance...more

Equifax Mea Culpa: Too Little, Too Late?

Equifax Inc.’s interim CEO, Paulino do Rego Barros Jr., issued the company’s second public apology this morning for the massive data breach that has affected as many as 143 million U.S. consumers....more

Mandatory Disclosure: Belgium Requires Large Companies to Provide Certain Non-Financial Information

by Jones Day on

The Background: On September 3, 2017, Belgium adopted a law implementing EC Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. - The Result: Under...more

SEC Adopts Interpretive Guidance on Pay Ratio Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it approved interpretive guidance to assist registrants in their efforts to comply with the pay ratio disclosure requirement in Item 402(u) of...more

Surprise ISS Survey Results Reveal That Investors Intend to Use Pay Ratio Disclosures

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released the results of its annual global benchmark voting policy survey on September 25, 2017. In a surprise result, the survey found that nearly 75 percent of the 131 investor...more

SEC Issues Additional Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On September 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released several items that provide additional guidance on the CEO Pay Ratio Rule (the “Rule”): (1) SEC interpretive guidance; (2) Revised pay...more

Equifax Data Breach Highlights SEC Disclosure Obligations for Public Companies in the Wake of Cybersecurity Attacks

On September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of the country’s three primary credit reporting bureaus, announced it had suffered a major cybersecurity breach that could potentially affect half of the U.S. population. According to the...more

Pay Ratio Compliance is Around the Corner; Is Your Company Ready?

For two years, the pay ratio rule has loomed in the distance with uncertainty regarding its fate. On September 15, 2017, in remarks made at the ABA’s Business Law Section Annual Meeting, William Hinman, Director of the...more

Looking Ahead to the 2018 Proxy Season: Preparing for CEO Pay Ratio Rules Disclosure Requirements

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act enacted in July 2010, Congress directed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt pay ratio disclosure requiring public companies to...more

CEO Pay Ratio Rule Will Not Be Delayed

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

At last Friday’s ABA annual meeting, Bill Hinman (with the standard disclaimer that he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the SEC) confirmed that the SEC will not be delaying implementation of the CEO pay ratio...more

CEOs, Politics and the Law: Guidelines for a New Era in Corporate Social Speech

by Perkins Coie on

In recent weeks, America’s CEOs have spoken out on social issues like never before, placing the business community firmly within the national debate. Likewise, companies are feeling internal and external pressures to...more

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