We host a monthly webinar series on executive compensation. At this upcoming Thursday’s webinar (held at 10:00 am Central on March 9, 2023), we are covering compensation designs and market practices associated with compensating key employees of a start-up corporation. Topics discussed include: (i) how to share in the dream without cash outlay, (ii) ideas
Anthony J. Eppert
Effective D&I Programs: Strategies from an Employment Lawyer’s Perspective
As a follow-up to my post entitled “Thoughts When Linking Public Company Executive Pay to D&I Initiatives,” I think it is important to share, at least at a high level, the legal framework for diversity, equity and inclusion programs (i.e., it is important to successfully navigate employment laws prior to the Board taking…
Thoughts When Linking Public Company Executive Pay to D&I Initiatives
This Post will begin a series of blog entries focused on the topic of linking executive pay to a publicly-traded issuer’s diversity and inclusion (“D&I“) initiatives. As background, there has been a recent push to hold executives accountable for the effectiveness of an issuer’s D&I initiatives by linking their executive pay to the success of such initiatives. Pretty straight forward (i.e., the success of the D&I initiative becomes one of the metrics in the issuer’s performance-based compensation strategy).
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Interplay Between SEC Human Capital Rule, Compensation, D&I Initiatives and Proxy Disclosure
On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, we will be hosting a webinar entitled “The SEC’s New Human Capital Rule, Workplace Diversity and Compensation Design: Year-End Disclosures and the Board Agenda 2020”. The purpose of this webinar is to cover the SEC’s new Human Capital rule and how such disclosure will interplay and impact any diversity…
SEC Amends Rules for Proxy Advisory Firms
On July 22, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted final rules and supplemented interpretative guidance that modify the proxy rules as applied to proxy advisory firms and clarify the fiduciary duties of investment advisers when voting proxies. One of our rising stars (Chelsea Lomprey) did the heavy lifting in drafting a client alert on…
Public Companies and ESOPs: Check Yes or No
We host a monthly webinar series with the intent of teaching a narrow topic deep (as opposed to covering the surface of a wide topic). Our webinar for the month of July will be held this Thursday (July 9, 2020) at 10:00 Central and is entitled “Public Companies and ESOPs: Check Yes or No” [Sign Up Here].
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Select Administrative Issues to Consider When Granting Equity Awards
The purpose of this Post is to highlight some of the administrative issues that should be vetted any time the Compensation Committee of a publicly-traded company effectuates a grant of equity to key employees. The below list is not exclusive and is listed in no particular order:
Share Counting Provisions
- Verify the Equity Plan’s Share
Compensation Design Ideas within a Partnership/LLC Structure
Designing effective compensation strategies within a partnership structure (or an LLC taxed as a partnership) can be a complex endeavor, and finding education on the topic is virtually non-existent. To that end, we are providing a FREE webinar entitled “Compensation Design Issues within a Partnership/LLC Structure” (day and time set forth below). The purpose of…
Current Compensation Issues (Part 7 of 7): Does It Make Sense to Consider a Secular Trust for Deferred Compensation
The purpose of this Post is to highlight the question of whether, in today’s economic environment, deferred compensation monies should be secured with a secular trust. This Post is Part 7 of a 7-Part series addressing compensation adjustments that Compensation Committees could consider in order to continue to incent and retain their executive officers in today’s economy.
It is well-settled that the assets of non-qualified deferred compensation programs are subject to the claims of the company’s general creditors. Securing the assets with a Rabbi Trust does nothing to change that answer.
With today’s market volatility and many companies struggling to survive, some executives may not value deferred dollars because of the fear that these deferred dollars will be swept by the company’s creditors. And if the executives do not value the program, then the program is not providing the necessary incentive and retention benefits. So does it make sense to consider a different vehicle or approach?…
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Administrative Perspectives on Granting Compensatory Equity Awards: A Checklist of Action Items
Just a quick note that our upcoming monthly webinar is entitled “Administrative Perspectives on Granting Compensatory Equity Awards: A Checklist of Action Items,” and will be held this Thursday, May 14, 2020, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Central. The purpose of this webinar is to provide a checklist of design and administrative considerations associated…