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An Epic Question: Is This Pay Ratio Too Large, Too Small or Just Right?

California’s corporate tax rate is currently 8.84%.  According to the California Taxpayer’s Association, only nine states (Alaska, Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) have a higher top rate.  Nonetheless, a bill that could increase the corporate tax rate for some publicly traded corporations by over 47% continues to move through the…

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Bill Aims To Vary Corporation Tax Rate Based On Pay Ratio

If Senator DeSaulnier gets his way, the SEC’s Summary Compensation Table could cost some corporations a lot of money.  His bill, SB 1372, would if enacted change the corporation tax rate for publicly traded corporations, including wholly owned subsidiaries, according to the following ratio of (i) the greater of the chief operating officer or highest paid…

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Differing Perspectives On The SEC’s Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Rule And Who Speaks For CalPERS?

Last Wednesday, a divided Securities and Exchange Commission issued proposed amendments to Item 402 of Regulation S-K.  Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required the SEC to amend the rule to mandate disclosure of the median of the annual total compensation of all employees of an issuer (excluding the chief executive…

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California May Be The First State To Require Corporations To Disclose Compensation Paid To Retired Executives

Since 2002, California has imposed its own disclosure requirements on publicly traded corporations incorporated in or qualified to transact intrastate business in California.   A subject corporation is currently required to disclose, among other things, the compensation for the most recent fiscal year paid to each member of the board of directors and paid to each of the…

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Without Knowing The Reasons, Issuers Can’t Take Account Of Say-on-Pay Votes

The recently completed proxy season has yielded a virgin crop of shareholder “say-on-pay” votes, as required by Section 951 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Although not required by Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission amended Item 402(b)(1) of Regulation S-K to require an issuer to address in its Compensation Discussion and Analysis whether and, if so, how its compensation policies…

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