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The New Tax Rules for Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On Dec. 22, President Trump signed into law the 2017 Tax Act, the most comprehensive set of changes to the Internal Revenue Code since 1986. Some of the changes affect executive compensation and employee benefits. Because...more

SEC Issues Pay Ratio Guidance

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued new guidance under its rule implementing the pay ratio disclosure requirement mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The...more

The New Front in Retirement Plan Litigation: Higher Education in the Crosshairs

Over the past week, lawsuits have been filed against seven prominent private universities in connection with their respective retirement plans. The suits allege breach of ERISA fiduciary duties to plan participants because...more

Nonqualified Deferred Compensation: IRS Proposes New Section 457 Regulations and Section 409A Clarifications

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed new regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code), which governs nonqualified deferred compensation plans of state and local governments and private...more

Dodd-Frank Act Section 956: European-Style Compensation Reforms Coming to a Bank Near You

Earlier this month, six federal agencies each released a re-proposal of rules (the New Rules) on incentive compensation reforms under Section 956 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The New...more

Private Equity Funds Found Responsible for Withdrawal Liability of Bankrupt Portfolio Company

As we previously reported, two private equity funds (the Sun Funds) managed by Sun Capital Advisors, Inc. (SCAI) have for years battled with the New England Teamsters & Trucking Industry Pension Fund (TPF) over whether the...more

SEC finalizes CEO Pay Ratio Rules

As noted in this McGuireWoods alert, the SEC recently finalized the CEO pay ratio disclosure requirements under Section 953(b) of the Dodd Frank Act. The biggest piece of news in connection with the final rules is the delayed...more

SEC Finalizes CEO Pay-Ratio Rule with Delayed Effective Date

On Aug. 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a final rule implementing the CEO pay-ratio disclosure requirements of Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

SEC Proposes Broadened Executive Compensation “Clawback” Rules

On July 1, the SEC proposed rules requiring national security exchanges (such as NYSE and Nasdaq) to establish listing standards requiring publicly traded companies to adopt, comply with and disclose written clawback...more

SEC Proposes Clawback Rules

Yesterday, the SEC proposed the long-awaited executive compensation clawback rules under Section 954 of the Dodd Frank Act. Weighing in at over 100 pages, there is a lot to digest. This McGuireWoods client alert provides an...more

DOL Weighs in on Top Hat Plan Dispute

For years courts have struggled with defining what qualifies as a “top hat plan.” The stakes in these cases are often high, as top hat plans are exempt from most of ERISA’s substantive requirements, including from its funding...more

6/30/2015  /  DOL , ERISA

IRS Rules Retention Arrangement Violates 409A

In a Chief Counsel Memorandum issued last month, the IRS concluded that an executive retention arrangement violated Section 409A despite the employer’s efforts to correct the arrangement before the retention bonus vested....more

SEC Proposes “Pay-Versus-Performance” Disclosure Rules

On April 29, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new “pay-versus-performance” disclosure rules to implement one of the last two remaining executive compensation requirements mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

Final 162(M) Rules Have A Surprise For Newly Public Companies

The final Section 162(m) regulations issued by the IRS last week have a small but welcome surprise for companies that have recently become public....more

IRS Provides Limited Section 162(m) Transition Relief for RSUs and Similar Equity-Based Awards

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued final regulations under Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The final regulations are substantially similar to the proposed regulations issued by the IRS in...more

Congressional Report Takes Aim At Nonqualified Deferred Compensation

A recent report from ranking member Sen. Ron Wyden and the Democratic staff on the Senate Finance Committee indicates that nonqualified deferred compensation plans continue to be in the crosshairs of potential tax reform...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), which calls for disclosure of whether...more

ISS Equity Plan Scorecard – First Results In

According to ISS, Emerson Electric (the Fergusson, Mo. – based electrical equipment manufacturer) was the first U.S. company to which ISS applied its new Equity Plan Scorecard policy....more

2/10/2015  /  Annual Meeting , Equity Plans , Form 8-K , ISS

CD&A Disclosure

The CD&A is a required part of a public company’s annual proxy statement. Its stated purpose is to give shareholders material information about a company’s compensation objectives and policies for the named executive officers...more

Executive Compensation Continues to be a Hot Button Compliance Issue for Charitable Organizations

Over the last decade, the IRS has assumed a broader role in the governance of tax-exempt organizations and embraced the view that transparency leads to tax compliance. Nowhere is the IRS s approach more evident than in the...more

Delay in Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently indicated that further rule-making would not likely occur until October of 2015 with respect to....more

Executive Compensation Shareholder Proposals Down in 2014

A new Conference Board report on proxy voting in 2014 reports a decline in shareholder proposals on executive compensation matters. Among Russell 3000 and S&P 500 companies, the 70 compensation-related proposals was down...more

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