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Businesses in Distress or Filing Bankruptcy Should Reassess Compensation Arrangements

The wave of companies operating in distress or under bankruptcy protection due to a global economic slowdown should consider rules and best practices for employee and executive pay.

Published: June 2020
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Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on TSR Metrics for Australian Firms

The COVID-19 pandemic, and the market volatility it has created, shines a light on some of the pitfalls of using relative total shareholder return metrics in incentive plans. Here’s how companies in Australia can respond to make their plans even stronger.

Published: June 2020
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Rethinking Equity Compensation in Response to COVID-19: Addressing Outstanding Grants

As firms consider ways to adjust employee pay due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic slowdown, the decision points around addressing outstanding equity awards are especially complex. Here are factors to consider by type of equity vehicle.

Published: June 2020
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Employers Are Doing Their Best to Avoid Layoffs

Originally published in WorldatWork’s Workspan Daily, Aon’s Liz Snyder and Brooke Green discuss strategies for managing costs to avoid layoffs or furloughs in the economic downturn.

Published: June 2020
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In Early Public Filings, Many U.K. Companies Adjust Rewards and Suspend Stock Buybacks

As 2020 Annual General Meetings enter into full swing in the U.K., we analysed early public disclosures on how FTSE 350 companies are addressing the economic impact of COVID-19.
 

Published: May 2020
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Exploring Key Differences in Private vs. Public Board of Director Pay as the Market Turns

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are making significant changes to executive compensation and employee rewards, often with significant board of director oversight. Thus, we can expect boards to quickly come under the microscope for their own pay levels. This makes understanding today’s baseline for pay all the more critical.

Published: May 2020
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To Conserve Cash, a Growing Number of U.S. Companies are Adjusting CEO and Board Pay

As the scale and severity of the COVID-19 crisis deepens, business leaders are taking pay cuts to preserve cash and protect jobs. Using our database, we examine the depth of the pay cuts, industries most impacted and what leaders should consider before acting.

Published: May 2020
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Rewards Solutions Spotlight: Rethinking Your Incentive Strategy as the Market Turns

In our current state of market volatility, we are left with the fundamental question: How do we manage compensation in the current environment? This Q&A offers insights from the voices of our executive compensation and corporate governance leaders into what we are hearing from clients, key considerations for your business and principle approaches firms should be taking to effectively sustain their business.

Published: May 2020
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Venture-Backed Companies Face Difficult Compensation and Workforce Decisions

We recently connected with two dozen senior venture capital talent partners to learn more about how they are working closely with portfolio companies to address employee concerns, manage cash flow through equity exchanges, redeploy workforces and adjust sales plans.

Published: May 2020
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Australian Insurance Firms Adjust Rewards and Workforce Plans for a Changing Economy

With Australian insurers already facing headwinds prior to COVID-19, firms are rapidly adjusting rewards and hiring plans amid economic turmoil and uncertain times ahead.

Published: April 2020
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Proxy Advisors Issue Guidance on Executive Pay and Governance Changes Due to COVID-19

ISS and Glass Lewis announce updated guidelines on how they will evaluate governance policies — from compensation changes to dividend payouts — in this changing environment.

Published: April 2020
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The CARES Act Offers U.S. Companies Relief, but Not Without New Limits on Executive Pay

The new CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, will affect executive compensation in a variety of ways. In this article, we describe potential impacts and what companies need to consider before accepting economic relief.

Published: April 2020
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Considerations for Your Total Rewards Strategy in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic creates a wide range of challenges for business leaders to consider. When it comes to total rewards, here are the key issues to address. 

Published: March 2020
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IRS Releases Proposed Regulations that Clarify the Tax Reform’s Impact on Section 162(m)

When the tax cut bill went into place on December 22, 2017, the changes to Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) left a lot of companies with more questions than answers. On December 18, 2019, the IRS released proposed regulations under Section 162(m), which covers mainly grandfathering and 409A questions.

Published: December 2019
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Glass Lewis Opens Peer Submission Window Through January 31, 2020

Glass Lewis is changing its peer submission process and peer group methodology for 2020, making it important for companies to stay up-to-date. Here’s what you need to know.

Published: December 2019
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Our Top 5 Most Popular Articles of 2019

From salary increase news to job architecture and pay equity, our five most highly read articles of 2019 touch on some of the biggest rewards topics of the year.

Published: December 2019
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ISS Opens Peer Group Submission Window and Finalizes 2020 Policy Guideline Updates

ISS is allowing companies to submit their self-selected peer groups for consideration until December 6, 2019. The proxy advisory firm will take into account a company's own peer selection in developing its pay-for-performance peer group. Separately, ISS has finalized its policy voting guidelines for 2020 for U.S.-based companies.

Published: November 2019
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SEC Proposes Rules That Regulate Proxy Advisory Firms

The SEC has continued its focus this year on the activities and influence that proxy advisory firms have on the proxy voting process. On November 5, 2019, the SEC approved, by a 3-2 party-line vote, proposed rules to regulate proxy advisory firms. In this article, we describe how the new rules would impact issuers and clients. 

Published: November 2019
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How U.K. Companies are Calculating the CEO Pay Ratio in First Year of Disclosure

The CEO pay ratio rule in the U.K. allows companies to choose from three different methodologies. While we see a favoured approach so far, there are technical considerations to make when selecting the right one. Read our article for the latest disclosure trends and tips for complying with the new rule.

Published: September 2019
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As Pay Ratio Enters Its Third Year, Here’s What We Know So Far

To date, no company has won or lost vote support as a result of their pay ratio disclosures. With proxy advisory firms remaining silent on this issue so far, we don’t expect that to change.

Published: September 2019
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Preparing for the 2020 Proxy Season and a Lookback at 2019 Say-on-Pay Voting in the U.S.

In this article, we examine say-on-pay voting results and trends by industry as well as provide advice on steps to take to prepare for the 2020 proxy season. 

Published: September 2019
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SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance on Proxy Advisory Firms

The 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.

Published: September 2019
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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.

Published: August 2019
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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.

Published: August 2019
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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. 

Published: August 2019
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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. 

Published: July 2019
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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.

Published: July 2019
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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.

Published: July 2019
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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.

Published: July 2019
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2019 Pay Trends: First Look at CEO Compensation

The topic of CEO compensation can evoke provocative headlines to stir controversy, but the data can be misleading and especially problematic for companies that use this data for benchmarking pay against peers.

Published: June 2019
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