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September 17, 2015

Final and Proposed SEC Rules Target Executive Compensation

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is bringing additional transparency to the ever-controversial topic of executive compensation. One finalized and two proposed rules would require publicly traded U.S. companies to be more forthcoming with data related to the pay of their top employees.

  1. A recent article by Tampa Bay Managing Director, Brad Hale, discusses the new final and proposed SEC rules detailed below. The recently finalized pay ratio disclosure asks that publicly traded companies include information about the difference between the CEO's total compensation and the average worker's total compensation.
  2. A proposed rule on pay versus performance disclosures would require public companies to disclose the relationship between executive compensation and shareholder return.
  3. A proposed "clawback" rule would require public companies, in the event of a restatement, to recover any incentive-based compensation that was incorrectly distributed.

Should the two proposed rules become finalized, the SEC would have fulfilled all of its mandates with respect to executive compensation.

Public companies subject to the new requirements and proposed rules need to get a jumpstart on making the necessary changes. In addition to meeting their compliance burdens, companies will need to prepare for the increased access investors and the public will have to your company's compensation practices. By acting early, companies have time to address any potential obstacles that may arise as they implement the standards.

For more information about the final and proposed SEC rules, read the full article here. If you have questions about the SEC requirements and their impact on your executive compensation programs, please contact Brad at bhale@cbiz.com or 727.572.1400.

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