Category: Compensation Committee

July L-Blast’s Original Article: CEO Pay Ratio – Winter is Coming

As explained in our original L&A article in this month’s L-Blast, the rule requiring companies to disclose their CEO Pay Ratio was thought to be delayed or repealed but priority has been given to more important issues facing our country, preventing further actions on the pay ratio rule. But fear not, we at L&A are here to… Read more »

July 2017 L-BLAST: CEO Pay Ratio – Winter is Coming | Companies May End Up Revealing Big Pay Gaps Between their CEOs & Workers After All | Trump Tax Proposal Could Create Compensation-Related Opportunities

In this month’s L-Blast, we discussed many issues of interest to our clients and readers – including the deadline for calculating the controversial CEO Pay Ratio. As explained in this L-Blast’s original L&A article, the rule requiring companies to disclose this figure was thought to be delayed or repealed but priority has been given to… Read more »

June 2017 L-BLAST: Upcoming HR/Reward Legislations & How You Can Impact Congress | Bill to Erase Some Dodd-Frank Banking Rules Passes in House | Shareholders Could Soon Lose Power to Make Proposals

In this month’s L-Blast, there’s an original L&A article about WorldatWork’s first Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. in which we share some important facts on legislation, key pending legislative actions that may impact rewards professionals, and avenues for contacting congressional leaders to help impact future legislative actions. Also, we have two industry articles. The first… Read more »

Dangling the Carrot: How Banks Can Approach Incentive Compensation

Carefully drafted incentive compensation plans can improve executive loyalty. It’s a good idea to make sure your executives are protected, and there are a lot of variables to consider in putting together incentive compensation plans. This article discusses options like cash or equity, appropriate triggers, and other “do’s and don’ts” to consider with drafting this type… Read more »

Only 7 Say-on-Pay Failures So Far

The Say-on-Pay failure rate is the lowest it’s been since voting began in 2011. According to this Semler Brossy chart, the failure rate is at 0.6%, and only seven Russell 3000 companies have failed thus far in 2017.

5 Governance Experts Share Perspective On Boards

We found and wanted to share this recent Forbes article rehashing an interesting discussion from five leading governance experts on the topic of effective governance strategies. While concluding that best practices are not “one size fits all”, the article highlights some key factors for boards to evaluate when determining how best to develop an effective… Read more »

New Revenue Recognition Standard’s Impact on Compensation

There’s a new revenue recognition standard that could affect compensation and bonus plans. These plans are made over many years, and the ways of measuring and the timing of recognition of revenue change. Determining compensation incentives that reward real growth will require serious reconsideration. Companies will need to reexamine definitions, calculations, and targets in incentive… Read more »

May 2017 L-BLAST: Media Bias in CEO Pay | Top 10 Compensation Hot Topics | Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

In this month’s edition of the L-Blast, we have a very interesting original L&A article for you about media bias in CEO compensation. It references an article from Fortune.com that draws erroneous conclusions to support their discussion of the gender pay gap between Yahoo’s present and previous CEOs. It provides a comparison on both CEO’s… Read more »

Incentive Plan Goal Setting

One of the biggest issues facing boards today is setting goals for incentive plans. How do companies find that balance between motivating executives, aligning with the company’s strategic goals, and satisfying shareholders? This article by ClearBridge analyzed the goals for annual incentives & long-term incentives set by 100 S&P 500 companies to help answer this… Read more »

ConocoPhillips Investors Reject Executive Pay Plan

Say On Pay (SOP) is back in the news—and this time in a BIG WAY! Three big energy companies—Exxon, Conoco and BP—just had shareholders reject their pay packages. At L&A this was a surprise since all 3 companies have excellent boards; excellent leadership and what we would have assumed, great shareholder outreach. This article by… Read more »