COVID-19 and Compensation: What to Think About

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According to a recent survey by Willis Towers Watson, in mid-February some 15% of participant companies expected material impacts from COVID-19 to persist over the next six months. As we all know, the situation has continued to evolve around the world, injecting increasing levels of uncertainty in the corporate world, sending financial markets into disarray and adding to our worries...

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Establishing and Maintaining Pay Equity

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//// In a previous article written by L&A in 2018, the growing concern of gender pay gaps and how they impact attraction and retention issues in corporate America was addressed. Through this process, it was discovered that the issue of the pay equity gap really was not as serious as previously thought – at least to the extent as portrayed...

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Election Year and Its Effects on Compensation

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Every January, L&A purposes to focus on major events that will shape the compensation landscape in the new year. In 2020, the biggest factor that will impact the future of compensation packages and organizational success/profitability, that is a certainty, is the 2020 presidential election this November. As L&A has attended many board meetings over the fourth quarter of 2019 and...

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L&A Orginal Article: Executive Compensation Across Industries

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MAJOR COMPONENTS (OR "BUCKETS") OF EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION ARE FUNDAMENTALLY SIMILAR IN PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES ACROSS ALL INDUSTRIES. We at L&A understand that although similar in function, there are certainly unique characteristics in every company’s respective compensation philosophy and pay programs. It is, however, worth mentioning that no matter how unique a company may be (i.e. industry), L&A has found more...

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L&A Original Article: The Discussion on Director Pay

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.. Not to be left out of the transformative world we are living in today, corporate governance norms, board compositions, and board compensation are undergoing material change. As many companies are entering the time of year where they review their director pay programs, we thought it timely to touch on this topic, review some trends taking hold and put forth some...

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2019 ISS Benchmarking Policy Survey – Key Findings

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L&A REPORTS KEY FINDINGS IN ISS 2019 SURVEY On Sept. 11, 2019, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) announced the results of its 2019 Global Policy Survey based on respondents including investors, public company executives and company advisors. ISS will use these results to inform its policies for shareholder meetings occurring on or after February 1, 2020. ISS expects to release...

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L&A Original Article: Running Effective Board and Committee Meetings

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L&A attends over 100 board and committee meetings annually. Each meeting is unique; however, there is a key factor that makes a meeting and its discussions fruitful: PREPARATION. Benjamin Franklin once said “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” L&A agrees with this adage, as an effective meeting can leave your team focused and energized. In fact, a single good...

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L&A Original Article: Process for Pay in “BK” (Bankruptcy)

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FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURINGS, WHILE NOT AN ENJOYABLE PROCESS, ARE SOMETIMES A NECESSARY STEP TO ENSURE FUTURE FINANCIAL SUCCESS. In order to achieve a successful restructuring, companies need to deploy the right compensation strategies in this volatile environment that will retain and motivate key talent to see the process through. In this article, we review the tools available to companies going through...

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L&A Original Article: A Proxy Statement is Not a Bank Statement

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If you do an internet search for “CEO pay”, you get 807 million hits, and most of those are “hits” on CEO pay. Some are warranted, and many are not.   Nowhere is this truer than CEO pay in the energy business in 2019.  Many investors rotated out of public energy investments over the past several years, in spite of...

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L&A Original Article: Executive Compensation Best Practices for 2020 Series 1 – Public Companies

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Companies often ask us, “What are we not doing that we should think about as it relates to executive compensation?” We recognize the executive compensation environment is continually heating up with pressure from just about every angle, and as a result, the answers to this question periodically change. As such, we have compiled a few thoughts applicable for the current...

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