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Avoiding Relative TSR Plan Design Oversights

Performance-based equity awards with relative TSR metrics have a simple mission: to align managing-pay and performance. However, that doesn't mean the plans themselves are simple. This articles explores common design oversights and creative fixes.

Long-term Incentive Grant Communication in the Technology Sector

The increasing prevalence of restricted stock and performance shares are changing the way stock awards are communicated. In this EMEA Market Insights article we explore what is being communicated around equity awards and the method to do so.

Long-term Incentives in Biopharma

As the European biotech market continues its revival, more companies are focusing on getting their "compensation house" in order. In this EMEA Market Insights article we examine the factors to consider when evaluating which equity plan is right for your company.

Before Saying Goodbye to Performance Ratings, Consider This

As evidenced by numerous media headlines this year, when it comes to adding or removing performance ratings, there is no right answer. Nevertheless, a growing number of companies are considering a move away from performance ratings and/or ranking. Before taking the plunge at your company, consider these five issues.

Understanding Regional Pay Differences in the UK Life Sciences Sector

Any experienced compensation professional will tell you, selecting the right market for talent (i.e., industry, region, and/or specific comparator group) is usually the first and last step in determining the success or failure of a meaningful compensation assessment. This is particularly true in countries like the UK, which feature global talent hubs like London.

Understanding Regional Pay Differences in the UK Technology Sector

As the global competition for technology sector talent reaches feverish heights, meaningful (and often overlooked) opportunities for labor cost differentiation exist within countries. This is particularly true in the UK, where regional differentials in pay for like technology jobs can easily range by +/-10%.

Is Your Equity Plan Ready to Go Public?

In the months leading up to an initial public offering (IPO), technology and life sciences companies often undertake a radical reimagining of their equity compensation programs. This process usually includes the adoption of new equity incentive and employee stock purchase plans.

Bonus Season Comes to Western Europe

Every year, bonus season brings with it an opportunity to explore cash incentive practices across the European technology sector. In this EMEA Market Insights article we explore the prevalence of various bonus plan types across western Europe, as well as expected funding levels for 2014.

Adjusting Your Sales Incentive Plan to Keep Up With a Changing Market

The life sciences sector undergoes constant change, particularly in the vast EMEA region where regulatory and market factors are as diverse as they get. In this EMEA Market Insights article we examine how sales compensation models are changing to keep pace with an increasingly complex sales environment.

Your Indexed Relative TSR Plan Just Got More Complex

Pop quiz: How many stocks are included in the S&P 500? How about the NASDAQ 100? It might seem obvious at first, but as of Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the answers are 501 and 101 respectively. As a result, life just got slightly more complex for everyone using performance equity awards with an indexed relative total shareholder return metric. Read our Expert Insight to learn why.

EITF Issue 13-D Explained

Seeking to address gray areas in the expensing of performance awards, the Financial Accounting Standard Board's ("FASB") Emerging Issues Task Force ("EITF") issued new guidance on March 13, 2014 covering situations where a performance target can be achieved after an employee provides the requisite service. The new ruling should simplify US GAAP expensing, but remains at odds with commentary from IFRS on the same topic.

Decoding Pre- and Post-IPO Equity Overhang Rates

How do you measure the health of an equity compensation program? More importantly, how to do you take such measurements while transitioning from private to public? The answer is overhang, but it comes in many flavors and changes dramatically after an initial public offering (IPO).

Sales Compensation Policies for Leaves of Absence

Let's imagine you have a high-performing sales account executive who needs to take an approved leave of absence (LOA); what's the right approach for handling their sales quota and sales credits while they are away? You need a solid policy that's both reasonable and legal.

Setting an Intelligent Sales Pay Mix Strategy

Setting an appropriate pay mix strategy for your sales compensation plan — the ratio of target total cash compensation that is attributed to base salary vs. target incentives — is a common pain point for growing companies aiming to maintain competitive sales compensation structures. This article explores common pitfalls and steps to take to address issues.

Executive Pay Not Immune to Proposed Tax Reforms

On February 21, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp introduced a discussion draft/blueprint of legislation (Tax Reform Act of 2014) that would cover a wide range of tax areas. It is very unlikely that all the items in the discussion draft will make their way into legislation, but there are several items in the discussion draft related to executive compensation worth monitoring.

Europe Leads All Regions for Workforce Stability

In a year when global employee turnover rates held steady across the technology sector, Radford's EMEA team dug deeper to look at turnover rates by region; discovering that turnover in Europe lagged well behind the rest of the globe.

Avoiding a One-Size-Fits-All Equity Strategy

As more and more life sciences companies consider the adoption of full-value share awards and performance-based equity, new Radford research explores how equity strategy shifts by corporate stage of development.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Announces Changes to Key Global Corporate Governance Policies

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has announced several important changes to its US and European policies governing executive compensation. Among other results, these changes could alter future testing outcomes under the CEO pay-for-performance assessment system currently used by ISS.

ISS Releases Updated Industry Burn Rate Cap Tables for 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released an updated set of industry burn rate caps for 2014. The new caps, effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, cover both Russell 3000 and non-Russell 3000 companies in all industries.

SEC Publishes Proposed Rules for the Implementation of CEO to Worker Pay Ratio

On September 18, 2013, the SEC Commission voted, by a 3 to 2 margin, to move forward with proposed rules governing the disclosure of CEO to worker pay ratios under the Dodd-Frank Act. The proposed rules now enter a public comment period, and move companies much closer to potential disclosures in this area.

2013 Say-on-Pay Results and Trends for the US Life Sciences Sector

Radford's compensation consulting team examines 2013 Say-on-Pay voting results for US life sciences sector companies, including overall proposal passage rates, the impact of negative recommendations from ISS, and results by sub-industry.

Proxy Season 2013: A Renewed Focus on Disclosure

A continued focus on key governance issues like pay-for-performance alignment and Say-on-Pay results has dramatically altered the environment in which we all operate, and companies will need to adjust accordingly. With proxy season 2013 arriving, Radford examines the current mix of internal and external issues influencing CD&A disclosure practices.

Economic Outlook, Employee Turnover, and Salary Increases

The global economy continues to struggle, weighed down by the faltering European recovery. Workforce trends data from Radford supports this outlook, with voluntary turnover remaining low, and constrained salary increase data.

ISS Releases Updated Industry Burn Rate Cap Tables for 2013

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently released an updated set of industry burn rate caps for 2013. The new caps, effective for shareholder meetings on or after February 1, cover both Russell 3000 and non-Russell 3000 companies in all industries.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Clarifies Its New Approach for Selecting Pay-for-Performance Peers

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced significant changes to the peer group selection process it uses for CEO pay-for-performance assessments. Typically, an announcement of this nature requires careful and measured consideration. However, in this case, there is an added sense of urgency, as ISS is providing companies with the opportunity to pre-submit their FY 2012 peer group.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Announces Potential Changes to its Management Say-on-Pay Policies for 2013

Instititutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has announced several potential changes to its US policies governing recommendations for Management Say-on-Pay proposals. The new policies, if implemented, could serve to significantly alter future testing outcomes under the CEO pay-for-performance assessment system introduced by ISS last year.

Nasdaq Releases Proposed Listing Standards to Implement New Independence Requirements Under SEC Rule 10C-1

In response to the SEC's publication of final regulations governing Compensation Committee and compensation adviser independence, the Nasdaq market published proposed listing requirements to address the new SEC rules. With proposed requirements now available, companies can move one step closer to implementing their own independence policies.

NYSE Releases Proposed Listing Standards to Implement New Independence Requirements Under SEC Rule 10C-1

In response to the SEC's publication of final regulations governing Compensation Committee and compensation adviser independence, the NYSE market published proposed listing requirements to address the new SEC rules. With proposed requirements now available, companies can move one step closer to implementing their own independence policies.

Sales Compensation Trends - August 2012

This edition of Radford's Market Insight: August 2012 Sales Compensation Trends looks at the prevalence of car plans and the high voluntary turnover among the sales force.

Economic Outlook, Salary and Employee Turnover

Despite positive global growth in the beginning of 2012, growth estimates for 2012 have been revised slightly downwards. Read more about reward implications in Radford's Market Insight: July 2012 Trends.

 

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