L&A Original Article: 2018 Proxy Season Preparations

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December – a time for reflection on the year that was, review of company performance…and a first look at the latest policy updates from proxy advisory firms like Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”). While it may seem like the 2017 proxy season was just yesterday, we are looking ahead to what’s in...

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L&A Original Article: Compensation Landmines & Key Issues

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“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Executive compensation practice and application is continually developing based on proxy advisory firm influence and institutional shareholder desire. Listing standards related to independence requirements for compensation committee members...

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L&A Original Article: L&A’s Response to HBR’s “Decoding CEO Pay”

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There was an article titled “Decoding CEO Pay” recently published in Harvard Business Review, and in our opinion here at Longnecker & Associates, Messrs. Pozen and Kothari have some valid points, and many that are not so valid. It appears they found a few unique, obscure examples and turned them into this “bad compensation practices” article, and we would like...

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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, authored by Ian Keas, Todd Henke and Chris Crawford, 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...

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

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As explained in our original L&A article in this month's L-Blast, the rule requiring companies to disclose their CEO Pay Ratio 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...

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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...

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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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