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Comparing the Top Boss’s Pay To Yours: Roger Brossy is Interviewed by NPR on the CEO Pay Ratio Rule

The SEC rule requiring that companies disclose their CEO-to-median worker pay ratio could have unintended consequences, warn compensation consultants. For example, although the ratio has been supported by labor unions, Semler Brossy’s Roger Brossy suggests that companies may move more jobs overseas in an attempt to match lower labor costs of competitors if the median pay statistics suggest they have a relatively expensive labor force. Additionally, Deborah Lifshey of Pearl Meyer notes that some companies are concerned about how their workers will react when they learn the median pay at their company and at competing companies. The rule, mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, will require disclosure starting in 2018. Read more

Todd Sirras Featured in New York Post on CEO Salaries

New York Post reported via Reuters today that Chipotle’s CEO makes 1000 times the salary of average worker. It cited new research from job-hunting website Glassdoor.com, which provides an early glimpse of data that publicly traded companies will be required by the Securities and Exchange Commission to report starting in 2017. Glassdoor’s findings were in line with other studies, said Todd Sirras, managing director of compensation consulting firm Semler Brossy. Read more

Comprehensive “Pay Ratio Workshop”: Archive Now Available

Blair Jones recently participated in a comprehensive “Pay Ratio Workshop” on CompensationStandards.com - and the audio archive of the 9 panels is now available! This “Pay Ratio Workshop” is combined with the "Proxy Disclosure Conference/Say-on-Pay Workshop" to be held October 27th-28th in San Diego and via video webcast, for which more than 2000 attend. Read more

Upcoming Webcast: Thoughtful Pay Planning in 3D: Design, Drafting and Disclosure — As Impacted by New SEC Rules

Companies, Compensation Committees and Boards of Directors are now working on their 2015 year-end compensation decisions and designing their 2016 plans to drive the creation of shareholder value and be appropriately responsive to investor and proxy adviser concerns. Blair Jones and Roger Brossy will present a practical discussion on some of the critical questions that companies should now be considering in the upcoming webcast on Sept. 24, 2015. Register now! Read more

Upcoming Pay Ratio Workshop on August 25, 2015

The Corporate Counsel is offering a “Pay Ratio Workshop” that will be held on Tuesday, August 25th, which will be held online via audio webcast. Here’s the “Pay Ratio Workshop” agenda. Blair Jones will participate on a panel discussing “Board Presentations: What to Tell Your Board Now.” Read more

Upcoming Panel: “Keys to Aligning Executive Pay with Performance” Featuring Blair Jones

Blair Jones will participate in a panel on Keys to Aligning Executive Pay with Performance presented by WorldatWork which will take place during the Annual Global Equity conference. The event will be held Sept. 14-16 in Scottsdale, AZ. GEO's 5th Annual National Equity Compensation Forum (NECF) is known for bringing together strategic-minded attendees who are knowledgeable about employee share plans and interested in topics that address current issues vital to the application of equity in all of its core disciplines. NECF promises to provide industry-leading education and networking opportunities in an inviting and relaxed environment, allowing you ample time to network with existing contacts and make new ones! Read more

From the Boardroom to the Courtroom: How the Conversation on Director Compensation Is Changing

From the Boardroom to the Courtroom: How the Conversation on Director Compensation Is Changing Investors are demanding more transparency from companies around director compensation, gaining the media’s attention in the process. After several high-profile lawsuits, board pay is now a matter for the courts as well, and, among other issues which has brought to light the importance of relevant peer groups to benchmark pay. Join Equilar on August 20, 2015 for a webinar to discuss the latest trends in director pay over the past few years, including retainer, cash and equity components, as well as changes within specific industries across the S&P 500. Joe Yaffe of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Barry Sullivan of Semler Brossy will share insights on the current state of play in director compensation, how recent lawsuits have changed the conversation inside the boardroom, and why benchmarking to accurate peer groups is more important than ever. Read more

July 15th Webinar — “Clawbacks: What Now After the SEC’s Proposal”

Blair Jones spoke in a webinar panel discussion sponsored by Compensation Standards on July 15th. Among the topics, Blair's webcast covered: What is in the SEC's clawbacks proposal? What were the biggest surprises of the proposal? What areas are companies most likely to comment upon? What action steps should companies consider now ahead of the SEC adopting final rules? Click for the transcript: "Clawbacks – What Now After the SEC's Proposal" hosted by CompensationStandards.com. Read more