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 compensation plans and proves there are more important factors than gender that should be considered when setting CEO pay.

Further, this month we received great feedback from our Top 10 Compensation Hot Topics presentation at HR Houston’s Gulf Coast Symposium. It focuses on the biggest challenges HR Departments are facing today – staying on top of what’s hot, leadership development and corporate culture. We would like to share this piece with you, as it examines 10 of those hot topics that we believe can position HR into a sound thought-leadership position.

Our third piece is an article from Shearman & Sterling regarding the dismissal of a class action suit against Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. It reaffirms that boards should consider potential conflicts of interest for directors and officers when dealing with change of control transactions and the critical importance of fully informed stockholder approval.

Lastly, we would like to remind you there is still time to take part in our Upstream Industry Compensation survey and find out what competitive compensation programs you need to attract, motivate and retain your petrotechnical teams. The survey will close June 9th.
 
 

Dear All,

Another summer is around the corner as the kids wrap up one more school-year. It’s hard to believe we are nearly half-way through 2017!

In this 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 compensation plans and proves there are more important factors than gender that should be considered when setting CEO pay. We know you will find this article insightful.

Further, this month we received great feedback from our Top 10 Compensation Hot Topics presentation at HR Houston’s Gulf Coast Symposium. It focuses on the biggest challenges HR Departments are facing today – staying on top of what’s hot, leadership development and corporate culture. We would like to share this piece with you, as it examines 10 of those hot topics that we believe can position HR into a sound thought-leadership position.

Our third piece is an article from Shearman & Sterling regarding the dismissal of a class action suit against Columbia Pipeline Group Inc. It reaffirms that boards should consider potential conflicts of interest for directors and officers when dealing with change of control transactions and the critical importance of fully informed stockholder approval.

Lastly, we would like to remind you there is still time to take part in our Upstream Industry Compensation survey and find out what competitive compensation programs you need to attract, motivate and retain your petrotechnical teams. The survey will close June 9th.

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
 


Media Bias in CEO Pay

On March 13, 2017, Fortune.com published an article comparing compensation of Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, and her replacement, Thomas J. McInerney. This article, titled “Yahoo’s new Male CEO Will Make Double Marissa Mayer’s Salary,” reports limited information and draws erroneous conclusions to support their discussion of the gender wage gap.

 
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Top 10 Compensation Hot Topics

HR Departments deal with many issues but the biggest challenges facing HR today are staying on top of what’s hot, leadership development and corporate culture. As HR works to continually position itself even more strategically, being on top of and addressing what’s hot/critical, will become even more important if one is to differentiate. This presentation examines 10 of those Hot Topics that we believe can position HR into a sound thought-leadership position.
 
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Court Questions Accelerated
Vesting of Equity Compensation

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the shareholder class action suit – In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017) – reaffirming that a fully-informed vote of a company’s disinterested stockholders will result in application of the business judgment rule. However, in a recent transcript, the Court made noteworthy remarks regarding equity acceleration in change of control transactions.
 
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Looking for PETROTECHNICAL data? There’s still time to participate in L&A’s 2017 Upstream Industry Compensation Survey. This survey will establish petrotechnical position benchmarks and provide current compensation trends as they relate to pay policies and practices, annual incentive measures and metrics, long-term incentive eligibility, vehicles, and distributions, new-hire bonuses and grants, and retention bonuses and grants. The survey will close June 9, and final survey results will be available only to participating organizations. Don’t miss out!
 
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L&A Named One of the Best Consultants in Houston

The Seattle company, Expertise, recently named Longnecker & Associates one of the best business consultants in Houston. Out of 498 business consultants, L&A made their Top 19 list. The selection criteria is based on reputation, credibility, experience, availability and professionalism.

 
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