The Controversial Golden Parachute Part II – “Did you know” series

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Exploring the pros and cons, and key considerations when drafting golden parachutes I was Deloitte & Touche’s national partner in charge of performance management compensation. Several partners were in a conference room with me discussing a merger of two large energy companies we had been hired to work on. As we discussed the particulars, I asked if the target had...

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The Controversial Golden Parachute – “Did you know” series

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How and why was the first Golden Parachute established? While highly controversial, no executive compensation package is competitive without it. Introduction If there was ever a compensation area of more polarization and notoriety, I don't know of it. Golden Parachutes, also known as Change-In-Control (CIC) payments, have more critics and naysayers than any compensation program I have ever dealt with...

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Compensation in the Real Estate Industry

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Introduction The pandemic has significantly impacted the real estate sector. With a surge in the number of employees who work from home, the demand for office space has softened. At the same time, growth in e-commerce has exploded, resulting in further disruption of traditional retail business. As the post-COVID effects of the pandemic continue to plague the real estate market,...

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Rabbi Trusts – first topic in our “Did you know” series

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Did you know that the very first Rabbi Trust was, in fact, for a real rabbi?! Legend has it that he had been a great spiritual leader in his synagogue and was getting ready to retire. What is a rabbi trust? A Rabbi Trust is a non-qualified deferred compensation plan created as a retirement benefit to employees.   The very...

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Compensation in a Remote Work Environment

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Introduction Over the last 10 months, we have watched many companies across the US begin to shift from a traditional work landscape to a “work from home” environment. The cause? An on-going global pandemic. What appears to be one of the greatest human capital management endeavors in a generation, recent events have prompted remote work opportunities faster than any other...

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The Attraction and Retention Paradigm

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BUILDING SUCCESS THROUGH TALENT ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION The importance of employee attraction and retention on overall business success is an often-debated issue. Although two very divergent schools of thought exist — either employees as assets or employees as expenses — everyone agrees on one thing: Employees are necessary to operate a business and employees want to feel valued. It has...

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SEC’s New Rule on Human Capital Disclosures

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In all businesses, the single largest asset and investment are the people. As any company leader knows, the biggest cost of doing business is most oftentimes the cost of labor; inclusive of wages, benefits, payroll, or other related taxes. This investment of organizational funds has been a rising hot button topic amongst lawmakers, politicians, and organizational employees. This general traction...

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Industry Consolidation and Its Effects on Compensation

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The corporate structure over the past 30 years has been predicated mainly around the regulations necessitated by actions taken by corporations that have ultimately resulted in negative consequences. A constant balancing act of an open-market economy vs. necessary regulation has seen corporations combat the forces of what they can and cannot do. Now, as we endure yet another macro-economic financial...

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Pre-Petition Retention Awards: Important Tools or Excuses for Excessive Compensation?

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/ BANKRUPTCY COMPENSATION The concept of excessive executive compensation is a seemingly frequent topic that garners significant reaction regardless of personal viewpoints. The essence of the topic is intended to elicit a moral response, asking us to question fairness in the context of our own situations. Everyone seeks what is fair (not to be confused with equal) believing that a...

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Salary Reductions and Their Unintended Consequences

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In times of crisis, companies are desperate to reduce expenses As the weeks go by, the effects of COVID-19 have entered nearly all aspects of life and business. The month of February marked the first death from the virus on American soil which soon began the series of events that led the country to shut down as a whole. As...

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