L&A Original Article: Where Has All The Merit Gone?

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It’s that time of year again as we enter the final quarter of a compensation cycle and the beginning of a new football season, with renewed hopes that this is your team’s year. With this entry into salary planning time for the general employee population, HR departments are currently in the throes of the HR “Super Bowl” of evaluating, entering,...

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L&A Original Article: CEO Pay Ratio Caps Will Not Work

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Just last month, L&A’s “CEO Pay Ratio - Winter is Coming” article summed up the latest on the controversial pay ratio rule. This month, we dive into a related subject by taking a peek back in time to the mid-1970s. This past week, a 1977 Wall Street Journal article was re-circulated regarding pay ratios and pay caps. Consequently, we thought...

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L&A Original Article: CEO Pay Ratio – Winter is Coming

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“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...

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L&A Original Article: Upcoming HR/Reward Legislations and How You Can Impact Congress

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Federal legislation impacts all citizens. This is especially the case for rewards professionals, as they must navigate and implement rewards programs that are subject to new legislation once it becomes law. Last spring, when WorldatWork held its first Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C., about a dozen attendees used the opportunity to visit their elected officials and staffers and discuss upcoming...

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L&A Original Article: Compensation Media Bias

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An article was recently published regarding the CEO of a not for profit, Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Judith Hayward, the CEO, is reported to have received a $650,000 retirement package after 19 years of service. The author highlights the problematic excessive payment and the anger of some company employees. In the author’s words, “this story is not new.” However,...

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L&A Original Article: An Interview with Our CEO

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In a recent National Association of Corporate Directors panel, Longnecker & Associates’ CEO, Brent Longnecker was asked a series of questions related to current hot-button compensation topics. Through his extensive work as both a consultant, executive and director, his insights into these various topics are interesting and even edgy at times. While his answers aren’t typical of the “middle of the fairway rhetoric” we...

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L&A Original Article: The Future of Compensation and Corporate Governance Amid a Trump Presidency

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One thing is for certain, the results of the election created a myriad of questions regarding the future of American politics. Less certain, though, is the level of impact the results will have on the futures of various executive compensation and corporate governance policies that have been at the forefront of discussions since outgoing President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall...

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The M&A Lynchpin: Success or Failure Starts with HR

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The market for merger and acquisition ("M&A") activity increased sharply in 2014, largely as a result of the abundance of available cash and zero interest rate policies. According to a recent Proxy Mosaic analysis, the US market announced 9,814 deals amounting to over $1.5 trillion in value. Numbers for 2015 look even higher and 2016 seems to be on a...

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CLAWBACKS—IS TOMORROW Dodd-Frank DAY, our D-Day?

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“The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.”—John C. Calhoun CLAWBACKS—IS TOMORROW Dodd-Frank DAY, our D-Day? After speaking with the SEC, L&A inferred that tomorrow, Wednesday, the SEC will propose the clawback...

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L&A Original Article: There’s a New Sheriff in Town – 162(m) Compliance

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Navigating the treacherous waters of regulatory reform and ensuring compliance with the countless rules and regulations imposed under the current administration places significant constraints on a company’s time and resources. Therefore, keeping up-to-date on current regulations becomes even more imperative. Staying knowledgeable and aware of the details of the regulations, as well as recent changes, is the only way to...

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