Category: Rewards

How Boards Should Evaluate Their Own Performance

“The New York Stock Exchange requires that the boards of all publicly traded corporations conduct a self-evaluation at least annually to determine whether they are functioning effectively. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that boards are staffed and led appropriately, that board members are effective in fulfilling their obligations, and that reliable processes are… Read more »

Companies Are Increasingly Using Non-Financial Goals For Executive Compensation

“Executive compensation has always been a difficult topic and as executive wages have grown rapidly since the financial crisis, while the wages of the average worker have stagnated, the debate around executive compensation has only become fiercer. Companies have responded to the growing chorus of criticism by allocating a higher portion of executive compensation to… Read more »

ORIGINAL L&A ARTICLE: An Interview with our CEO

Below is an excerpt from our latest monthly newsletter, the LBlast. Please subscribe via our website. In a recent National Association of Corporate Directors panel, Longnecker & Associates’ CEO, Brent Longnecker, was asked a series of questions related to current hot button compensation topics. Through his extensive work as both a consultant, executive and director,… Read more »

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION: IRS UPDATES GOLDEN PARACHUTE PAYMENT AUDIT TIPS

“Companies and individuals tapped to undergo Internal Revenue Service examinations of golden parachute payments should review the updated Golden Parachute Payments Audit Technique Guide (2017 ATG) issued by the IRS on Jan. 20. Golden parachutes are arrangements that provide executives or key employees with significant financial compensation in the event of a change in ownership… Read more »

Board of Directors Pay: Rewarding for Expertise

“Board of Directors pay continues its upward trend according to a study published by Total Compensation Solutions (TCS). The Board compensation report shows increases of approximately 7 to 8 percent from last year for annual retainers for the Chairman, and Regular Board Members and an increase of 14.4% for Lead Director annual retainers.” Read the… Read more »

Incentive Plan Payouts Prove Effective Pay for Performance

Companies, shareholders and boards of directors want to ensure alignment of pay and performance to justify the often-high accompanying price tag of executive compensation. To provide context on the correlations between awarded, realizable and actual pay earned under performance-based awards, companies will often detail this information in proxy statements to keep shareholders up to date… Read more »

Executive Compensation: Analysis of Recent Incentive Financial Goals

“In order to understand the financial performance measures, target goals, performance ranges, and payouts of an annual incentive plan, we analyzed the proxy-disclosed practices of approximately 100 manufacturing and materials companies. We assessed year-over-year (YOY) trends in particular, including the change in target goals relative to actual results and the spread of threshold to maximum… Read more »

Golden Leash Rule, Say-on-Pay, Form 10-K Summaries: Proxy Season Guide to 2017

“As another year comes to a close, it is time for public companies to become acquainted with the securities law and business developments of the past year to position themselves for success in 2017. Below is a summary of current and anticipated changes that may impact reporting requirements and disclosure regulations for the upcoming 2017… Read more »

Short-Term Incentive Pay Criteria Are Shifting

“The criteria for earning short-term incentive (STI) compensation appear to have entered a state of flux, judging by new research from the CFO Alliance. In particular, some companies are putting non-financial metrics, like customer or employee satisfaction, into the mix. But far more companies should be doing so, according to Ernie Humphrey, a former CFO… Read more »