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Righting the Say On Pay Ship

One of the positive outcomes of the Say on Pay provision in the Dodd-Frank legislation has been more regular dialogue between companies and shareholders. But to date, many companies have engaged with shareholders only after shockingly low votes. This article by Seymour Burchman and Blair Jones explores our recommendation - that companies should begin a dialogue with investors and proxy advisors well before pay concerns arise. This engagement can help avoid the distraction and other consequences of low Say on Pay vote results. Read more

Say on Pay Compensation Changes Working

Todd Sirras, Managing Principal at Semler Brossy, discusses compensation changes due to say on pay measures at corporations and the evolution of performance-based pay. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance." Read more

Advancing the Dialogue: Want to align pay and performance? Grant fixed shares

SBCG’s analysis of pay for performance relationships indicates that simply granting the same number of shares each year to individual executives—rather than using a grant date target value—might result not only in more perceived alignment between pay and performance as measured on the grant date, but also in more actual alignment. Read the entire article (PDF) written by John Borneman and Dan Marcus. Read more

Shareholders Give Banks a Thumbs-Up on Pay

Bank directors can take heart from the results of say-on-pay votes during the past three years. Since the 2010 Dodd Frank Act gave shareholders of public companies the right to an advisory vote on executive compensation practices, banks have, on average, slightly outperformed all other companies in affirmative votes. Read more

Optimizing Pay Prominence

Pay prominence – the degree to which compensation is used as a front end driver of behavior – is a more pivotal dimension of compensation strategy than most companies realize. Semler Brossy's Barry Sullivan and Greg Arnold highlight the topic in advance of their upcoming session at the California HR Conference, being held August 26-28, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Read more

The Fallacy of Grant Date Fair Value

The great challenge in benchmarking a company’s executive compensation plan against the plans of peer companies arises from a simple fact: not all long-term incentive programs are created equal. Because companies use differing types and mixes of incentives, with the value of each calculated differently, comparison among programs can be a matter of some complexity. Chip Thomas and Anne McGettigan cut through compensation plan complexity with Grant Date Fair Value (GDFV) in this blog post. Read more