Yearly Archives: 2017

In Certain Jurisdictions, Companies May Be Prohibited from Requesting or Providing an Employee’s Salary History

New York City is the latest legal jurisdiction to prohibit companies from inquiring about a prospective employee’s compensation history during the recruiting process, joining 2 other cities (San Francisco and Philadelphia), 4 states (California, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Oregon), and 1 other jurisdiction (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico) in implementing such legislation. Continue reading

Does Your Pay Program Balance “Pay Energy” and Pay Risk?

Our recent viewpoint “Does Your Pay Program Balance “Pay Energy” and Pay Risk? was re-posted in The Advisors’ Blog. The article can be read by clicking on the link. https://www.compensationstandards.com/member/Blogs/consultant/2017/11/does-your-pay-program-balance-pay-energy-pay-risk.html November 8, 2017

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Would Significantly Impact Executive Compensation Arrangements

On November 2nd, the House Ways and Means Committee introduced its tax reform bill, referred to as the ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.’ Our initial review of the bill identified a few provisions which could have significant implications for organizations’ compensation and incentive programs. Continue reading

Does Your Pay Program Balance Pay Energy™ and Pay Risk?

Incentive plans have the potential to drive executives towards achieving superior results for their companies and investors. At the same time, real and perceived risks in these programs can either blunt the potential drive of management or encourage excessive risk taking. A key goal in well-designed executive incentive programs is to motivate executives to take the actions necessary to achieve strong results for shareholders while mitigating the motivation to take excessive risks. Continue reading

Anticipating Extra Cash From Tax Reform? Experts Debate How to Spend It

Ira Kay is quoted in today’s issue of Agenda. The article can be read by clicking on the link. Agenda Week: “Anticipating Extra Cash From Tax Reform? Experts Debate How to Spend It” October 20, 2017

Companies That Perform Best Don’t Pay CEOs the Most

Ira Kay is quoted in this article recently published in the Wall Street Journal. The article can be read by clicking on the link. https://www.wsj.com/articles/companies-that-perform-best-dont-pay-ceos-the-most-1507194000?shareToken=st19c79a1da3d84bf1a07dd2c56c0c0f86&reflink=article_email_share October 5, 2017

Use of Non-GAAP in CEO Comp Criticized

Ira Kay is quoted in today’s issue of Agenda. The article can be read by clicking on the link. http://agendaweek.com/c/1752013/206203/gaap_comp_criticized?referrer_module=emailBriefing&module_order=0&code=WW5KcFlXNHViR0Z1WlVCd1lYbG5iM1psY201aGJtTmxMbU52YlN3Z01USTRNREV3TWl3Z016STFOek00TlRnMw/ September 29, 2017

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S&P 500 CEO Compensation Increase Trends

CEO pay continues to be a widely debated topic in the media, in the boardroom, and among investors and proxy advisors. As the U.S. was in the heart of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, CEO total direct compensation (TDC; base salary + actual bonus paid + value of long-term incentives [LTI]) dropped for 2 consecutive years. Continue reading

SEC Issues More Guidance on CEO Pay Ratio Rule

On September 21, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released additional guidance on the CEO pay ratio disclosure requirement. While many had hoped for some form of delay or outright reprieve from the required disclosure, it is now evident that the SEC expects companies to fully comply with the reporting requirement in early 2018 when the rule becomes effective.
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Ethical Boardroom | Activist shareholders and executive compensation

Patrick Haggerty and Ira Kay authored an article in this quarter’s Ethical Boardroom. The article can be read by clicking on the link. https://ethicalboardroom.com/activist-shareholders-and-executive-compensation/ September 28, 2017

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