In August 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final pay ratio disclosure rules to amend Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). The final rules require companies to disclose the annual total compensation of the CEO; the median of the annual total compensation of all employees, excluding the CEO; and the ratio of the median to the annual total compensation of the CEO.
The final rules will commence within the first fiscal year beginning on or after January 1, 2017. For companies with a calendar fiscal year, the pay ratio disclosure will cover the fiscal year 2017 and will be included and reported in the 2018 Annual Meeting proxy statements. Moreover, specific transition rules applicable to new registrants and companies engaged in business combinations and acquisitions are also included in the final rules.
In a two-hour LIVE Webcast, a seasoned panel of thought leaders and professionals assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer the audience with an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals as well as recent Adoption and Implementation Issues of the SEC’s Final Pay Ratio Rule. The panel will also offer their expert thoughts and opinions on how to best comply with the requirements of the rules.
Key topics include:
- CEO-Pay Ratio Rule – An Overview
- Scope and Exemptions
- Identifying the Median Employee
- Calculating Annual Total Compensation
- Disclosure of Methodology, Assumptions and Estimates
- Requirements of Pay Ratio Rule
- Key Legal Issues and Challenges
- Best Compliance Practices