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Director Discretionary Compensation Awards Tested by Entire Fairness Standard According to Delaware Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court found in In re Investors Bancorp Stockholders Litigation that director equity grants based on director discretion are subject to an entire fairness standard of review. ...more

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Issues Additional Guidance on the New Mandatory Income Tax Withholding Requirements for...

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On December 7, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) issued additional guidance regarding the new statutory withholding requirements for certain payors of pension and annuity payments set to take effect...more

Pay Ratio Disclosure for the Upcoming Proxy Season

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This upcoming proxy season, most public companies will be required to include disclosure under Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K (Pay Ratio) for the first time. The Pay Ratio rule was introduced by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

To Accelerate or Not? Potential Tax Planning in Light of Proposed Reforms to Code Section 162(m)

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Under both the House and Senate versions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) would be modified to expand the scope of companies and executive officers subject to the limitation on deductibility...more

SEC Brings Enforcement Action for Inadequately Documented Perks but Does Not Impose Penalty

The SEC charged a biopharmaceutical company with committing a series of accounting controls and disclosure violations, including the failure to properly report as compensation millions of dollars in perks provided to its...more

Tax Reform Passes The Next Hurdle -- The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

Year-End Public Company Reporting Update

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

With Halloween and Thanksgiving, thoughts naturally turn to year end reporting obligations. Here’s a brief summary of some changes in reporting requirements that will affect U.S. public companies in the coming year, as well...more

IRS Issues Request for Comments Regarding the Regulation of Donor Advised Funds

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) has issued Notice 2017-73 (the “Notice”) which outlines approaches the Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and the IRS are considering with respect to the regulation of certain...more

Equity Compensation Rules Continue to Change in Latest Proposed Tax Reform Bill

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The tax reform bill passed by the Senate early Saturday morning, December 2, in a 51-49 vote contained a number of last-minute amendments which, among other things, continue to leave key equity compensation rules in flux....more

Federal Tax Reform: An Analysis of the House and Senate Bills

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we are sure you know, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed their own versions of tax legislation, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two different bills will be reconciled in a conference...more

Federal Tax Reform: Side-by-Side Comparison of the Senate and House Approved Bills, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated December 5 - The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill,...more

Senate Stays Up Late to Approve Tax Bill

Early in the morning on Saturday, December 2, 2017 (it was nearly 2 AM Eastern!), the Senate voted 51-49, drawn mostly along party lines, to pass its version of the tax reform bill described in our previous blog posts....more

Federal Tax Reform: The Current State of Play & The Big Picture (Updated 12/5)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

Federal Tax Reform Bill Makes Significant Changes Related to Executive Compensation

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 16, the House of Representatives passed its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the Senate passed its version of the bill on December 2. Although the House and Senate must first reconcile their respective...more

Update: Executive Compensation Ramifications of Proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Proposed tax reform legislation includes several provisions that will affect the treatment of executive compensation. Key Points: ..The current House and Senate bills remove the previously proposed Section 409B1 and...more

Employment Flash - November 2017

Recently Passed US Federal, State and Local and International Employment Laws - This November 2017 special edition of the Employment Flash summarizes certain noteworthy U.S. federal, state and local, as well as...more

Tax Reform: Employee Benefits

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the first issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

Puerto Rico Treasury Department Issues Post-Hurricane Rules for Qualified Retirement Plan and IRA Distributions and Loans

by Littler on

On November 15, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the "PR Treasury") issued Administrative Determination Number 17-29 ("AD 17-29") to provide special rules and procedures applicable to distributions from...more

Federal Tax Reform: How the Newly Passed House Bill Compares to the Senate Bill – A Side-by-Side Comparison, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated 11/17/2017 The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and...more

U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If passed by the Senate, the Act would significantly change the current federal income tax regime in the United States. ...more

The Art of Reduction: OPEB Costs, Commitments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California’s gap between promised employee benefits and available cash is wide and ever expanding. Ballooning pension costs and rising deficits are often in the spotlight. But commitments that California’s governing bodies...more

Startups Have Much To Be Thankful For – Senate Amendments to New Tax Bill Remove Deferred Compensation and Stock Options from...

As discussed in our November 14, 2017 blog post, Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock Options, the evolution of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

Revised Senate Tax Reform Bill Represents Win for Technology Sector

by Fenwick & West LLP on

Paving the way for a net-win for technology companies, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) released a modified chairman’s mark to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that brings treatment of equity and...more

Federal Tax Reform: The Current State of Play & The Big Picture (Updated 11/16)

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and likely will not do so...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Executive Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the House’s version of the tax reform bill (the “House Bill”) and voted to report it to the House floor for a full House vote. On the same day, the Senate...more

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