January 2011

Executive Compensation: Say-on-Pay

This week the SEC approved the non-binding say-on-pay rule. This is one component of the executive compensation provision of the Dodd Frank Act, a comprehensive financial regulatory reform enacted due to the collapse and near demise of many industry giants, namely Lehman Brothers and AIG. The executive compensation provision restricts executive pay in order to discourage companies from awarding lucrative packages that encourage risky behavior.

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Nonprofits Can Avoid IRS Scrutiny – Pay and Report Correctly

The IRS wants nonprofits to comply with rules and regulations for tax exempt organizations, particularly on executive compensation and employment-related payments. Enforcement efforts, as reported in the December 2010 Exempt Organizations Division (EO) annual report have been stepped up.

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2011 Health Care Benefits Benchmarking Survey - Participation Deadline Extended!

The participation deadline for the 2011 Health Care Benefits Benchmarking Survey has been extended. Survey submissions may be submitted through January 31st to receive the benefits of participation. By participating in the survey, you will automatically receive an Executive Summary of the survey report when it is published and become eligible for a 50% discount on your purchase of the full survey report.

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Cost of Living Increases May Not be in Your Future

Annual compensation increases sometimes have been justified by calling them Cost of Living (COL) adjustments, but this rationale is even less relevant to setting appropriate wage levels than in the past. Employees often expect salary increases at least equal to the “cost of living” increase as measured by the federal government’s Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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Restricted Stock Awards: Changing Executive Compensation

Top executives often receive equity in the company as a large proportion of their total compensation. How corporations make those equity awards has changed significantly over the past decade. The use of Stock Options (SOs), where executives have the right to purchase company stock at a certain price after vesting, has dropped dramatically, often replaced with Restricted Stock Awards (RSAs), where, after vesting, ownership of the stock is automatically transferred to executives.

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Compensation in the Public or Private Sector – Which is Highest?

Even though some think public workers are overpaid, a new study says private sector compensation is actually higher, and the more generous benefits in the public sector don’t make up the difference. 

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