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    SEC rule targets hedging of equity compensation


    New SEC rules will require companies to file an annual meeting proxy statement that discloses whether employees and directors are allowed to hedge any decrease in the market value of equity securities granted as compensation.

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    New guidance (somewhat) relaxes federal contractors’ compensation audits


    The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has released a new directive outlining the agency’s procedures for reviewing contractor compensation practices that promises “greater transparency, consistency, and efficiency in compliance evaluations.”

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    Pay for outside corporate directors barely increased in 2017


    Total pay for outside directors at the nation’s largest corporations increased by a mere 3 percent in 2017, driven by increases in cash and stock compensation, according to a new analysis by Willis Towers Watson.

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    Labor Dept. resurrects overtime rule, appeals judicial defeat


    The Department of Labor will appeal a court ruling that invalidated a controversial rule on overtime pay as it moves forward with a revised set of requirements.

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    CEO pay went down in 2016, but why?


    Average CEO pay in the FTSE 100 went down 17 percent last year, but was it because of poor performance or the rising tide of public demands for lower executive compensation overall?

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    Senate Democrats announce $15 minimum wage bill


    Senate Democrats are mustering their forces behind new legislation that, if passed, would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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    In stock options, accounting simplicity begets payroll complexity


    If the payroll office is scrambling to change tax withholdings for folks holding stock options, simplification in the accounting office is the likely reason why. Tammy Whitehouse reports.

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    Please, Mrs. May, stay out of the pay debate


    Prime Minister Theresa May’s executive pay reforms have created quite a stir in the U.K. Paul Hodgson explores what’s behind all the commotion.

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    Checking Up on GSK in China


    When thinking through an FCPA risk assessment, one thing usually not considered adequately is a company’s sales culture. To see the consequences of that, one need look no further than GSK’s corruption troubles in China—but, CW blogger Tom Fox writes, the reforms GSK has implemented with its sales force are ...

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    Bankers Still Overpaid Despite Poor Performance


    Deutsche Bank Chief Executive John Cryan said earlier this week that bonuses don’t necessarily make bankers work harder; instead some employees feel that they are entitled to an outsized incentive despite bad performance. Cryan’s message come weeks after a warning was issued at Deutsche Bank about rewarding staff with new-year ...

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    More Thoughts on How Boards Address Risk Management


    Image: Following up on his recent columns on audit risk and company culture, this week CW editor Matt Kelly examines how often the compensation committee talks about risk. A look at the compensation committee charters for the Fortune 50 revealed some depressing results—12 company charters completely omitted the word, “risk,” ...

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    Labor Dept. Rule Bans Pay Talk Discipline by Gov. Contractors


    The Department of Labor has issued a final rule prohibiting federal contractors from disciplining, firing, or discriminating against employees and job applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the pay of their coworkers. The rule applies to all federal contractors, sub-contractors, and contracts that exceed $10,000 in ...

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    How Bad Is SEC Politicking? Pretty Bad


    Image: That the SEC endures its share of politics is not exactly news—but the amount of politics, and the sheer partisan in-fighting at the agency? That’s rising. Split votes are more common, published dissents from commissioners more frequent. “Sometimes when I see what’s going on now, I’m sorry I ever ...

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    Centralized Payroll Management: From Myth to Reality


    Payroll processing is one of the most essential functions of a company, and yet if you ask any multinational how closely it is aligned with its payroll providers—across each and every jurisdiction where the company operates—you’ll probably be met with the sound of crickets.Traditionally, many companies have relied on an ...