New SEC Disclosure Rules on Pay for Performance

by Matt Skrinjar 28. May 2015 13:27
Last month, the SEC issued a proposal for new rules related to executive compensation and pay for performance. The proposed guidelines serve as amendments to section 953(a) of Dodd-Frank and will require companies to disclose the compensation paid to executives alongside the company’s total shareholder return. The information will be provided in the form of an additional table in a given company’s annual proxy statement. The pay component will include total compensation for the CEO, as well as an average of the remaining top executives for whom compensation disclosure requirements already exist. Total compensation is already part of the summary compensation table found in a typical annual proxy, but the new guidelines will require that “total” be displayed a bit differently. In particular, equity compensation will be measured as the value of those stock or option awards that have vested in a given period rather than the grant-date values found in the summary compensation table. Also, any increases to pension or retirement plan values will be excluded from total compensation if they do not apply to services in the given period. [More]

Metrics for Cost-of-Living Analysis

by Marillyn Tefft, Senior Researcher 5. May 2015 14:36
Cost of living is frequently a key decision metric for opening and relocating business units. It is common for management to ask relocation and HR professionals to compare the company’s locations to the US National Average cost of living as a benchmark in analysis. The Relocation Assessor databases contain data for over 6,000 US locations of all sizes, which are used to establish this important benchmark. Since many companies are located in larger cities, it is useful to consider other averages in benchmark comparisons. Housing costs (both rental and home ownership), a key component of cost-of-living differentials between locations, are significantly higher in large cities. Using the cloud-based Relocation Assessor, we develop two additional benchmarks below: a US Large City Average and a US Large City Average which excludes New York City (NYC) and San Francisco (SF). The following cities are included: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. [More]