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this L-Blast’s original L&A article, the rule requiring companies to disclose this figure was thought to be delayed or repealed but priority has been given to more important issues facing our country, preventing further actions on the pay ratio rule. But fear not, we at L&A are here to assist in the development of the ratios and how to disclose within proxy.

Additionally, we share an article from the Washington Post that also explains the disclosure of the CEO-to-worker pay ratio and how companies are realizing the might have to shift their focus to this matter after all. The second article is about a tax proposal by the Trump administration that, if enacted, could introduce substantial changes to the federal income tax system and provide significant savings on compensation plans.

Lastly, we encourage you to participate in our Energy Incentive Compensation Survey which will launch August 1st and will provide competitive market practices in both annual and long-term incentive compensation plan designs. Results will only be available to participating organizations.

Enjoy the read, check out some of our upcoming events, and let us know if there is any particular subject you would like to learn more about.

Dear All,

Summer is quickly coming to a close, and soon enough, the kids will be back in school. Before we know it, the busy fall season will be upon us and companies will be facing deadlines 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this L-Blast’s original L&A article, the rule requiring companies to disclose this figure was thought to be delayed or repealed but priority has been given to more important issues facing our country, preventing further actions on the pay ratio rule. But fear not, Longnecker & Associates is here to assist in the development of the ratios and how to disclose within proxy.

Additionally, we would like to share an article from The Washington Post that also explains the disclosure of the CEO-to-worker pay ratio and how companies are realizing they might have to shift their focus to this matter after all. The second article is about a tax proposal by the Trump administration that, if enacted, could introduce substantial changes to the federal income tax system and provide significant savings on compensation plans.

Lastly, we encourage you to participate in our Energy Incentive Compensation Survey which will launch on August 1st and will provide competitive market practices in both annual and long-term incentive compensation plan designs. Results will only be available to participating organizations.

We appreciate each and every one of you. If there is a particular subject you’d like to learn more about, please let us know.

 
Sincerely,
Brent_Signature_white

Brent Longnecker and the L&A Team
Chairman and CEO
Longnecker & Associates


CEO Pay Ratio – Winter is Coming

“Winter is coming” – a household phrase for those familiar with the Game of Thrones television series and book adaptation. Applied in the context of corporate issuers – CEO Pay Ratio is coming! Are you prepared? Are you familiar with how to run the calculation? Do you know where you plan to include in the proxy in 2018? With ratio-related chatter in the marketplace beginning to crescendo, we have put together some observations and recommendations to consider as we move toward to the pay ratio deadline.

 
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Companies May End Up Revealing
Big Pay Gaps Between their CEOs
and Workers After All

Soon after Donald Trump’s election, a rule that would require companies to disclose a potentially embarrassing math calculation for the first time next year — a ratio of what their CEO makes compared to their median worker — was thought to be a goner.

 
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Trump Tax Proposal Could Create
Compensation-Related Opportunities

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the federal income tax system includes a reduction of the maximum federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent. If enacted, the proposal — a one-page outline released on April 26, 2017, and titled “2017 Tax Reform for Economic Growth and American Jobs” — would introduce sweeping changes and simplifications to the federal income tax system.

 
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Energy Incentive Compensation Survey
An incentive compensation program is one of the most effective ways of attracting, motivating and retaining key employees, but can be one of the most elusive components of compensation to find. Our survey team at L&A has designed an incentive compensation survey for the O&G industry to provide competitive market practices in both annual and long-term incentive compensation plan designs. Specifically, this survey will report on incentive plan eligibility, performance metrics, vehicle mix, vesting periods, vesting schedules, annual incentive targets and long-term incentive targets. The deadline to participate is on August 31st and the survey results will only be available to participating organizations. You don’t want to miss out!

 
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