Split-Dollar Life Insurance Agreement

Retaining Key Talent with a Split-Dollar Life Insurance Agreement

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In 2016, a split-dollar life insurance agreement between the University of Michigan and its head football coach, Jim Harbaugh, received extensive  publicity. (Read Tax Reform Elevates Split-Dollar Arrangements As Incentive Plan). Harbaugh’s agreement, as reported by Dan Murphy, ESPN, (2016) and a Freedom of Information Act request, shapes up like this, “In addition to paying a $5 million salary for …

Social Security COLA 2021 Forecast and Facts

Social Security COLA 2021 Forecast and Facts

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If there is a Social Security COLA 2021, it is likely to be modest, at best. At some point, between now and the election, the Social Security Administration will publish its annual announcement regarding any Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for next year. Fox Business quoted The Senior Citizens League as saying the Social Security cost of living adjustment for …

Top CEO Concerns

Top CEO Concerns Post-COVID-19: Talent and Corporate Responsibility

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Today we are publishing the first of a two-part look at the 2020 KPMG CEO Outlook. This study was conducted in two steps: the initial interview of more than a thousand CEOs of top organizations, conducted pre-COVID-19,  with a follow-up involving over 300 respondents late this summer. Among the most noteworthy of the survey’s finding is the fact that in …

Clarification of Benefit Plan Proxy Voting Obligations

Clarification of Benefit Plan Proxy Voting Obligations

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a rule on employee benefit plan proxy voting and the exercise of other specific shareholder rights. The new DOL proposed rule is intended to clarify the duties of Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)-covered plan fiduciaries regarding proxy voting. Per the DOL’s proposed rule: “This document also states that Interpretive …

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Incentive Compensation Plan Changes: How Companies Are Handling the Impact of COVID-19 on Performance Targets and Metrics

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Would you be interested to see how organizations are adapting their incentive compensation performance metrics in the face of a global pandemic? The attorneys at Winston & Strawn have compiled an extensive chart showing changes organizations are making, including the rationale behind their decisions.

Compensation Clawback Final Rules on SEC Agenda

Compensation Clawback Final Rules on SEC Agenda

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Attorney Mike Melbinger, author of the Executive Compensation Blog, says he is officially putting away his crystal ball when it comes to predicting (or second guessing) the timing of actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, he does point out that select issues are on the SEC’s radar, including specific executive compensation issues, such as the recovery of erroneously awarded compensation. 

Incentivizing Executives in a Post-Pandemic Economy: Example

Incentivizing Executives in a Post-Pandemic Economy: Example

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Attorney Mike Melbinger, Partner in Winston & Strawn’s Chicago office, brings perspective to this ICS/ISS illustration model of how a sample company might choose to adjust annual goals for incentivizing executives. As Mike points out this topic, “will affect nearly every company in corporate America”.

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When Executives Fail to Meet Company Stock Ownership Guidelines

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Although the economy has shown positive signs, (such as the May jobs report) indicating recovery is underway, no one is exhaling yet. Among the many issues that organizations are managing with prudence and often uncertainty, is how best to handle company stock ownership policies in the face of atypical stock price fluctuations.

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Stock Option Repricing: When You Are Underwater Part 2

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Today we’re sharing Part 2 of an article written by Mike Melbinger on the timely and challenging matter of stock option repricing. Mike is a Partner in the Chicago Office of Winston & Strawn LLP. His law practice focuses exclusively on executive compensation and employee retirement benefit issues. Use this link to catch up, if you missed Part 1 yesterday of “Stock Option Repricing: When You Are Underwater.”