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SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Proxy Advisory Firms

AThe SEC recently published two sets of interpretive guidance dealing with proxy advisory firms and their use by investment advisers. The guidance addresses the voting responsibilities of investment advisers and provides clarity to the SEC’s interpretation of the proxy solicitation rules as they relate to the voting guidance provided by proxy advisory firms.

Glass Lewis Will Make Changes to Peer Groups and Pay-for-Performance Methodology

Glass Lewis announced it is replacing Equilar with CGLytics as its provider of pay data used to evaluate peer groups and pay-for-performance alignment. Changes go into effect January 1, 2020.

First Look at Chief Human Resources Officer Compensation Trends in 2019

There is some evidence that the growth of the CHRO role is being reflected in pay, but a lot of the changes are primarily occurring in larger companies.

Take Your Compensation Disclosure to the Next Level by Reporting Realizable Pay

More companies are disclosing realizable pay in their proxies, which can be a strategic advantage for helping investors and proxy advisors better understand your pay programs. In this article, we explain how to effectively tell your compensation story through this supplemental disclosure. 

ISS Survey Hints at Changes to Board Composition and Climate Risk Oversight

ISS took the first step in its annual policy update process when the firm sent its policy survey to clients this month. Companies and investors have until August 9 to submit feedback. Questions touch on board diversity and overboarding, climate risk and pay-for-performance metrics. 

Top Five Trends in Long-Term Incentive Plans at Life Sciences Companies

Developing competitive long-term incentive plans that evolve and scale as your life sciences company grows is a critical element of any compensation strategy, but not an easy task. We highlight five trends in the development of long-term incentive plans we’re observing.

Top Five Trends in Long-Term Incentive Plans at Technology Companies

Developing competitive long-term incentive plans that evolve and scale as your technology company grows is a critical element of any compensation strategy, but not an easy task. We highlight five trends in the development of long-term incentive plans we’re observing.

Aon’s New Scorecard Tool Can Identify Potential Risks in Your Workforce. Here’s How.

Failure to attract or retain talent was listed as a top risk in Aon’s 2019 Global Risk Management Survey. Aon’s new Organizational Risk Scorecard helps leaders mitigate this concern by providing detailed workforce-related benchmarks that can help identify potential risks or gaps to be addressed that may otherwise go unnoticed.

Refining Rewards for the Millennial Generation

With Millennials expected to comprise 75% of the workforce by 2025, employers need to rethink their total rewards programs with this generation of workers in mind. In doing so, companies must factor in career fulfilment, flexibility, performance and compensation.

Compensation Tips for Global Expansion

Companies looking to expand their global footprint must wrap their arms around the complexity and multifaceted nature of compensation and incentive design. All too often, companies replicate their headquartered company policies as they expand, which can lead to a host of problems. In this article, we tackle some of the complexities of global pay practices and policies to assist businesses that are expanding internationally.

Policies for Managing Pay in Volatile Markets

We interviewed leading multinationals in the technology industry to understand what policies are in place and what lessons they have learned when handling volatile external situations.

Broad Corporate Governance Changes Proposed in Canada

The federal government of Canada introduced Bill C-97, which proposed several important amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA).

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a Compensation Survey

The key to selecting the appropriate survey for your company is to know the right questions to ask and to ensure the survey is tailored to your company’s needs.

Technology Wage Growth in Other Regions of the UK is Catching Up to London. Why It Matters.

Inner London may continue to be the central hub within a thriving UK tech sector, but other regional hot spots for tech talent are close on its heels.

5 Reasons to Revisit Your Job Architecture

More companies are making changes to their job architecture in response to market forces – from pay equity to rapid growth. We explain how to determine if your structures need a facelift.

The Era of Low ESPP Participation Is Over

Aon has partnered with Carver Edison to aid plan sponsors in understanding the impact to financial reporting, tax accounting and company balance sheet of a Carver Edison ESPP as compared to a traditional ESPP.

Sizing the SaaS Sales Organization for Growth

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for how to best scale sales organizations for private software companies, but there are benchmarks and proven approaches to scale cost-effectively.

Glass Lewis Updates Proxy Reports to Reflect Sustainability Metrics and Corporate Meetings

Glass Lewis made notable updates to its 2019 proxy season reports, including analyzing how new sustainability standards impact issuers and disclosing whether it has met with a company.

Developing a Winning People Strategy for New Types of Technology Jobs at Retail Companies

As retail companies rapidly integrate technology-related jobs to their workforce, they find hiring and retaining people with these skills requires re-examining their rewards structures.

How to Use Employee Mobility Data to Uncover Potential Problems in Your Workforce

Assessing and understanding employee mobility within a business is essential for unlocking insights into your workforce and organizational structure. We outline our latest research on employee mobility in the technology sector to illustrate how this analysis can benefit all companies.

Investors See Expanded Role for Boards of Directors in Overseeing Corporate Culture

As part of their annual shareholder engagement, State Street and BlackRock are urging boards to do more in overseeing corporate culture; this vision would greatly expand the traditional role of boards and continue to elevate ESG issues.

Building a Sustainable Rewards Program as Your Startup Matures: Lessons in Asia

With a robust startup market across Asia, it’s never too early to think about your workforce infrastructure and how it is expected to evolve as your organization matures. When designing a sustainable rewards program there are six key topics to consider, which this article examines in detail. 

It’s Time for HR to Become More Involved in Setting Sales Quotas. Here’s How.

HR professionals need to know how their company’s sales quotas shape the employee value proposition and contribute to competitive earnings and cost-of-sale measures. By becoming more involved in the quota-setting process, HR leaders will help better position the company against the headwinds of high turnover and a tightening talent pool.

How the SEC’s Hedging Disclosure Rule Will Impact Public Companies

The SEC finalized a long-awaited hedging rule from the Dodd-Frank Act in December 2018. The rule requires disclosure of companies’ anti-hedging policies for all employees. We explain how companies need to comply.

IRS Clarifies Tax Law Provision that Could Benefit Private Company Employees

The IRS recently released guidance about the applicability of a provision in the 2017 tax bill that could benefit employees at private companies who receive equity awards. The guidance specifies the conditions for employees to be eligible for tax relief and the responsibilities of private companies.

Technology Companies Pay New Hires More Than Current Employees for Key Job Roles

Salaries for newly hired mid-level professionals at technology companies are higher, on average, compared to incumbent employees. This raises concerns about retaining talent and unintentionally creating, or worsening, internal pay equity gaps.  

ISS Policy Changes May Make It Harder for Some Companies to Obtain Equity Share Approval

ISS has clarified how it will implement changes to its Equity Plan Scorecard and released updated burn rate tables. The changes could make it harder for some companies to win approval for new shares or receive approval for as many shares as in the past.

What Public Companies Should Know About New Standards for ESG Disclosure

A significant number of investment managers have pledged support for new industry-specific environmental, social and governance reporting standards for public companies that were recently published by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. At a minimum, a company should be conversant in the SASB standards for its industry and assess to what extent it believes the standards are relevant to the company.

ISS Clarifies 2019 Compensation Policy Updates

Similar to prior years, ISS has provided clarification regarding several of its compensation-related policies through a supplemental FAQ document. The FAQs address several important compensation policies, which we summarize in this alert.

Mandatory Post-Vest Holding Periods on ESPPs

Despite potential drawbacks, some companies have expressed an interest in adopting mandatory holding periods for their employee stock purchase plan because it gives them the ability to apply a discount for illiquidity to the fair value of the ESPP. We explain how to estimate the fair value for an ESPP with a mandatory holding period.

 

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