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Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

New California Employment Law May Impact Acquired Employees' Compensation In The M&A Context

Effective January 1, 2018, California Labor Code Section 432.3 was amended to, among other things, prohibit any employer – public or private – from "seek[ing]" salary and compensation history from applicants for employment....more

ESMA Publishes Consultation Paper Containing Draft Guidelines on Anti-Procyclicality Margin Measures for Central Counterparties...

On January 8, 2018, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA“) published a consultation paper containing draft guidelines on anti-procyclicality margin measures for central counterparties (“CCPs“)...more

Compensation in the 2018 Proxy Season: Recent Shakeups Create New Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

When designing 2018 compensation plans and proxy disclosure, companies should focus on implications of recent developments, as well as enduring compensation considerations. 2018 brings significant changes to the executive...more

SEC Whistleblower Awards to Insurance Department Employees?

by Carlton Fields on

Many federal, state, and local governmental employees may be eligible for awards pursuant to the SEC’s whistleblower program under the Dodd-Frank Act. If a report to the SEC leads to an enforcement action that results in...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

The New Voice of The Whistleblower

by NAVEX Global on

This article originally appeared in our Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions & Recommendations for 2018 Seven years after the launch of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) whistleblower program, the voice of...more

Tax Act: New Opportunity to Defer Income from Certain Private Company Equity Grants

by WilmerHale on

The new Section 83(i) of the tax code, enacted as part of the Tax Act, allows certain private company employees to elect to defer, solely for income tax purposes and for a period of up to five years, the income attributable...more

Did Santa Give the Insurance Industry a Lump of Coal or a Diamond in the Rough? The Proposed Suitability and Best Interest...

by Carlton Fields on

As reported in our November 28 client alert, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ (NAIC) Annuity Suitability Working Group (Suitability WG) circulated the proposed Suitability and Best Interest Standard of...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. ...more

Reminder to Perform Annual ISO/ESPP Reporting in January 2018

As discussed in our December 16, 2010 blog article, the IRS issued final regulations in 2009 under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that require Employers to annually furnish each employee who exercised...more

IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock Transfers

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This client alert is intended to remind you of certain 2017 year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), with respect to stock issued to employees or former...more

Class action lawsuit isn’t the only fear

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan sponsors will say it all the time: they are too small to be sued in a class action lawsuit. That may be true, but a class action lawsuit isn’t the only thing to fear....more

Understanding the Standard of Care for Broker-Dealers and the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule

Until recently, broker-dealers operating in the United States weren’t subject to a fiduciary standard when dealing with their retail clients. The passage of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010 included a provision enabling the...more

Impact of Tax Reform on Some Private Company Equity Awards: Limited Income Tax Deferral Opportunities for Employees

by Perkins Coie on

The recent tax reform bill, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), was signed into law on December 22, 2017. The Act includes a new income tax deferral regime for certain employee stock options...more

Reminder: Employers Must Quickly Report ISO and ESPP Transactions

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Deadlines are approaching for employers to report 2017 employee exercises of incentive stock options and employee stock purchase plan purchases. Corporations who offer incentive stock options (ISOs) or maintain a...more

2017 was a banner year for 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

An analysis by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) shows that 2017 was a banner for 401(k) plan account balance. The analysis found that the average account balance for younger (25-34), less tenured (1-4 years)...more

The Protocol for Broker Recruiting Suffers Major Defections—and May Suffer More

Three prominent financial services companies recently announced their withdrawal from the Protocol for Broker Recruiting, an agreement among securities firms regulating the conduct of stockbrokers changing jobs and curtailing...more

Tax Reform and Employee Benefits – What You Need to Know Now

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As you have probably heard by now, the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Tax Reform Act) made significant changes to the Internal Revenue Code. With regard to executive compensation, the Tax Reform Act made widely...more

Whistleblower Risks at the Supreme Court

by NAVEX Global on

Later this year, the Supreme Court will rule on whether whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act apply only to people who report misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). That is, people who report...more

Time to Revisit Executive Compensation Arrangements in Light of Recent Tax Reform

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) signed into law on December 22, 2017, will significantly impact many public company executive compensation plans and arrangements. Companies should take this opportunity to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

An overview of last Friday’s jobs report, which saw the US adding fewer jobs than expected but also tracked a welcomed increase in wages for the least-educated workers....more

Advisors Advantage - January 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Plan Providers Should Encourage Participants To Rollover Assets. In so many ways, it makes sense. There are so many issues in advising retirement plan sponsors in your role as a retirement plan provider that you may...more

Code Section 162(m) Changes – What You Should be Thinking About Now

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The “Bottom Line” - Learn the new rules for who is a “covered employee” and keep track of these individuals because “once a covered employee, always a covered employee” Evaluate compensation arrangements and contracts...more

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