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The latest reporting, opinion and research on executive compensation. We don’t necessarily agree with it all, but we provide it here for consideration.

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September 1, 2014

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2014 Proxy Season Review—Looking Forward to Next Year | Sidley Austin LLP | September 3, 2014

A review of the 2014 proxy season highlights how companies have enhanced disclosure, prioritized Say on Pay, and faced an influx of shareholder proposals regarding corporate political spending. The importance of clear and thorough disclosure was especially amplified due to the continued threat of compensation-related litigation and the evolving SEC rules surrounding disclosure. Looking forward to 2015, companies should expect director tenure, Dodd-Frank provisions, and proxy advisor regulation to be at the forefront of discussions with investors. Read more

10 Most Overlooked Executive Separation Agreement Clauses - Part 1 | Burns & Levinson LLP | September 4, 2014

According to Renee Inomata of Burns & Levinson LLP, when it comes to separation agreements "devils can lurk in the details." Companies often overlook parts of the agreement related to the termination date, earned compensation amount, severance amount, severance benefits, and the release language. Lack of thoughtfulness about the implications of these issues and ambiguity in the severance package language can lead to unintended consequences for executives and potential lawsuits for the company. Read more

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