What is Nonqualified Deferred Compensation and Why Do Companies Use It?

What is Nonqualified Deferred Compensation and Why Do Companies Use It?

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

A nonqualified deferred compensation plan (NQDC) is an unsecured promise made by an employer to pay compensation to key employees at a prespecified time in the future or upon the occurrence of a predetermined event. An NQDC plan is also one of the most powerful tools available to employers for recruiting, retaining, and rewarding key employees.

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5 Mistakes in Life Insurance Planning

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

More than three years ago, we first published an in-depth look at 5 mistakes in life insurance planning. Despite shifts in politics and the economy, tax code changes, and other variables of life, the facts remain the same. In personal life insurance planning, particularly as part of estate planning, even minor oversights can lead to major tax problems. 

Recognizing that efforts to reduce cost in the short term could lead to problems, we’re resharing this important information on 5 key trouble spots in life insurance planning.

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SEC Final Rules for Proxy Voting Advice Businesses

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The rules are changing for Proxy Voting Advice Businesses (PVAB), with approval by the SEC of new guidelines. The SEC’s final rule statement (published July 22, 2020) explains, “The Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) is adopting amendments to its rules governing proxy solicitations so that investors who use proxy voting advice receive more transparent, accurate, and complete information on which to make their voting decisions, without imposing undue costs or delays that could adversely affect the timely provision of proxy voting advice.

Arrest Made in Retirement Plan Fraud Case

Arrest Made in Retirement Plan Fraud Case

Fulcrum Partners. Deferred Compensation News

Earlier this month, a federal grand jury indicted an Orange County, California man on charges related to retirement plan fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California reported that the plaintiff has been charged with three counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft after allegedly obtaining the personal information of an unspecified number of Boeing employees.

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The DOJ is Serious About Prosecuting PPP Loan Fraud

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A provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, has been a difference-maker for many U.S. companies. As of June 30, 2020, nearly 5 million small and medium-sized businesses received a much-needed cash infusion to help them make payroll during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But where there is loan money available on payback forgiveness terms, there will inevitably be fraudsters attempting to game the system. 

Compensation Clawback Final Rules on SEC Agenda

Compensation Clawback Final Rules on SEC Agenda

Fulcrum Partners. Executive Benefits News

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. 

Deferred Compensation News Available by Email Subscription

Deferred Compensation News Now Available by Email Subscription

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Fulcrum Partners, one of the largest independent executive benefits consultancies in the U.S., announces the availability of Deferred Compensation News on a no-cost, subscription basis. Previously offered only as an online publication, Deferred Compensation News is now available for direct email delivery.

Incentivizing Executives in a Post-Pandemic Economy: Example

Incentivizing Executives in a Post-Pandemic Economy: Example

Fulcrum Partners. Executive Benefits News

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”.