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Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: Latest Trends and Developments

Live Webcast Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)
Employee Benefits CLE & CPEExecutive Compensation CLE & CPERecording

Online CLE Employee Benefits

Join us for this Knowledge Group Online CLE Employee Benefits Webinar. The recent years have seen significant changes in the employee benefits and executive compensation landscape. With the emergence of the #MeToo movement, tax reforms, changes in healthcare strategy, and HIPAA enforcement actions, the regulatory paradigm is profoundly shifting. Thus, posing a myriad of compliance challenges and hurdles. In addition, with increasing economic headwinds, many companies are confronting more uncertainty as they plan for their 2020 executive and employee pay programs.

To help optimize pay programs and mitigate risks, it becomes essential that companies are in the know of the emerging trends and developments in employee benefits and executive compensation. They must revisit their existing programs to ensure they best align to the business strategy and achieve talent needs and minimize the exposure to pitfalls and ensure compliance.

In a Webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer an in-depth discussion of the fundamentals as well as updates in employee benefits and executive compensation. Speakers will dig deeper as they analyze design approaches, compliance risks and issues and offer best strategies to help practitioners in this rapidly evolving climate.

Key issues covered in this course are:

  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: Trends and Developments
  • Preparing for proxy disclosure of executive pay, including best practices in CD&A development
  • Structuring executive pay programs during times of heighted uncertainty
  • Approaches for assessing pay-performance alignment
  • As a compensation committee member, what should I be asking management about our company’s “culture” and how it impacts our compensation programs?
  • How can we be proactive about potential shareholder activism?
  • Compliance risks and issues
  • Changes needed to comply with the final retirement plan hardship withdrawal regulations and compliance deadlines
  • Risk mitigation techniques
  • Current hot topics in retirement plan fiduciary duty litigation
  • Best compliance strategies
  • Regulatory outlook and potential legislative changes coming to employee benefits
  • ERISA issues the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear this term
  • Issues applicable specifically to health and welfare plans

Agenda

SEGMENT 1:
Todd Castleton,
 Counsel
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

  • What changes are needed to comply with the final retirement plan hardship withdrawal regulations and what is the deadline for adopting those amendments?
  • What are the current hot topics in fiduciary duty litigation, and how are fiduciaries defeating those suits?
  • What ERISA issues will the U.S. Supreme Court be examining this term?
  • What current issues should sponsors of defined benefit retirement plans be concerned about?
  • What potential legislative changes impacting employee benefits are on the horizon?

SEGMENT 2:
Gillian Emmett Moldowan, 
Partner
Shearman & Sterling LLP

  • In light of the SEC’s disclosure simplification project, should we expect to see a reduction in the compensation disclosures required in the proxy statement?
  • As a compensation committee member, what should I be asking management about our company’s “culture” and how it impacts our compensation programs?
  • What are current best practices in proxy summaries/CD&A summaries?
  • What are the new hedging disclosure requirements and is it expected that companies be provided additional voluntary disclosure?
  • How can we be proactive about potential shareholder activism?

SEGMENT 3:
John R. Sinkular,
 Partner
Pay Governance LLC

  • Structuring executive compensation programs during times of heightened uncertainty
  • Is there a role for Relative TSR as an incentive metric?
  • Assessing pay-performance alignment

Who Should Attend

  • Top Level Management
  • C-level Executives
  • Executive Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Member of Board Compensation Committees
  • Human Resource Executives
  • Executive Compensation and Benefits Consultants
  • Employee Benefits & Compensation Lawyers
  • Employee Benefits Attorneys
  • Other Related/Interested Professionals

Online CLE Employee Benefits

SEGMENT 1:
Todd Castleton,
 Counsel
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

  • What changes are needed to comply with the final retirement plan hardship withdrawal regulations and what is the deadline for adopting those amendments?
  • What are the current hot topics in fiduciary duty litigation, and how are fiduciaries defeating those suits?
  • What ERISA issues will the U.S. Supreme Court be examining this term?
  • What current issues should sponsors of defined benefit retirement plans be concerned about?
  • What potential legislative changes impacting employee benefits are on the horizon?

SEGMENT 2:
Gillian Emmett Moldowan, 
Partner
Shearman & Sterling LLP

  • In light of the SEC’s disclosure simplification project, should we expect to see a reduction in the compensation disclosures required in the proxy statement?
  • As a compensation committee member, what should I be asking management about our company’s “culture” and how it impacts our compensation programs?
  • What are current best practices in proxy summaries/CD&A summaries?
  • What are the new hedging disclosure requirements and is it expected that companies be provided additional voluntary disclosure?
  • How can we be proactive about potential shareholder activism?

SEGMENT 3:
John R. Sinkular,
 Partner
Pay Governance LLC

  • Structuring executive compensation programs during times of heightened uncertainty
  • Is there a role for Relative TSR as an incentive metric?
  • Assessing pay-performance alignment

Online CLE Employee Benefits

Online CLE Employee Benefits

Gillian Emmett MoldowanPartnerShearman & Sterling LLP

Gillian Emmett Moldowan is a partner in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA practice.

She advises companies, boards of directors, executives and investors on compensation and benefit matters, including equity-based incentives, deferred compensation programs and employment, retention and severance arrangements. Her practice focuses in particular on issues that arise in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions transactions. She regularly counsels clients on disclosure, corporate governance, trading rules (including Section 16) and the negotiation of executive employment arrangements. Gillian also advises on the applicability of federal securities law, tax law and general employment-related legal issues.

Online CLE Employee Benefits

Todd CastletonCounselKilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Todd B. Castleton is counsel with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Employee Benefits Practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he leads the Qualified Retirement Plans team. His practice focuses on the compliance and administration of qualified defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and health and welfare plans. Todd partners with clients to achieve efficient solutions for effective employee benefit plan administration, to maintain the plans’ tax-preferred status under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), to manage employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, to comply with Titles I, II, and IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and to implement the requirements of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Reform) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Health Care Reform). He is a contributing editor of The 401(k) Plan Handbook, and formerly was contributing editor of the Guide to Assigning & Loaning Benefit Plan Money.

Online CLE Employee Benefits

John R. SinkularPartnerPay Governance LLC

John Sinkular is a Partner in the Detroit office of Pay Governance. For nearly 25 years, John has assisted companies with designing their executive pay programs to align to their business strategy and achieve talent objectives to drive shareholder value. John consults with publicly-traded, privately-owned and pre-IPO companies regarding executive and non-employee director pay. His work includes pay strategy, peer group development, pay level benchmarking (both U.S. and international positions), annual and long-term incentive plan design, pay-performance analyses, board pay and special situations.

John has worked with a wide range of pre-revenue, small cap and Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies in a variety of industries, business stages and situations. John has significant experience in helping companies effectively handle significant changes, including asset sales, bankruptcy, IPOs, M&A, and helping “newco” companies to be successful thereafter.

John has presented at several conferences and roundtables, including Equilar, CHRO Board Academy and NASPP, and regularly conducts research. He has published over 20 articles in national journals including Agenda, Compensation Focus, The Corporate Board, Ethical Boardroom, NYSE, World-at-Work, and Workspan, and Pay Governance’s Viewpoints. He was a contributing author to Pay Governance’s books, “Executive Pay at a Turning Point” and “Balancing the Tension”. Recent article topics include ensuring the pay program is on a strong foundation, optimizing retention impact of pay program, incentive plan goal setting, director compensation, manufacturing pay trends, considering the use of relative measures (TSR), ISS and homogenization of pay practices, and recovering from a failed Say on Pay vote.

For 11 years John worked as a Partner in Executive Compensation for Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).  Prior to that, John worked for William M. Mercer.


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Online CLE Employee Benefits

Course Level:
   Intermediate

Advance Preparation:
   Print and review course materials

Method Of Presentation:
   On-demand Webcast

Prerequisite:
   General knowledge of employee benefits and executive compensation

Course Code:
   148314

NY Category of CLE Credit:
   Areas of Professional Practice

Total Credits:
    2.0 CLE

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About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

About the Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group

The Knowledge Group has been a leading global provider of Continuing Education (CLE, CPE) for over 13 Years. We produce over 450 LIVE webcasts annually and have a catalog of over 4,000 on-demand courses.

From complex cross-border transactions to exclusively local deals, clients rely on Shearman & Sterling’s vast international network to help accomplish their business goals. The firm has approximately 850 lawyers in 21 offices around the world, and its lawyers come from some 80 countries, speak more than 60 languages and practice US, English, EU, French, German, Italian, Hong Kong, OHADA and Saudi law. They also practice Dubai International Financial Centre law and Abu Dhabi Global Market law.

Website: https://www.shearman.com/

Kilpatrick Townsend is a multi-practice international firm with more than 600 attorneys and professionals, with 20 offices in the United States and abroad. The firm provides clients with unsurpassed legal representation in the following areas:

  • Employee Benefits, Labor & Employment: Counseling, transactions, administrative advocacy, and litigation
  • Business and Finance: Including securities, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and commercial transactions
  • Intellectual Property: The full complement of IP procurement, counseling, and litigation
  • Construction and Infrastructure: All aspects of transactions and litigation
  • Litigation: Including insurance recovery, environmental, and complex business litigation

Kilpatrick Townsend serves clients around the world from the firm’s offices in Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, Shanghai, Stockholm, and Tokyo. The firm is committed to learning and furthering the business and legal goals of its clients.

Website: https://www.kilpatricktownsend.com/

Pay Governance LLC is an independent firm that serves as a trusted advisor on executive compensation matters. Our work helps to ensure that our clients' executive rewards programs are strongly aligned with performance and supportive of appropriate corporate governance practices.

We assist in developing an overall framework and governing philosophy, which describes the company’s approach to all aspects of pay. We utilize decision-quality data to assist compensation committees in making fully informed decisions.

We evaluate incentive and other executive program designs to:

  • Ensure that plans meet the company’s philosophy
  • Support corporate strategy and organization
  • Ensure performance measures are appropriate and consistent with the company’s value creation objectives
  • Improve “line of sight”
  • Align executive interests with those of shareholders
  • Be tax, accounting, and dilution efficient
  • Align pay and performance

We keep compensation committees informed and educated on emerging trends and key developments in executive compensation

We perform periodic reviews of executive arrangements, benefits and perquisites from both a “how” and “how much” perspective.

We work with compensation committees to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and best practices.

Website: http://paygovernance.com/

Gillian Emmett Moldowan is a partner in the Compensation, Governance & ERISA practice.

She advises companies, boards of directors, executives and investors on compensation and benefit matters, including equity-based incentives, deferred compensation programs and employment, retention and severance arrangements. Her practice focuses in particular on issues that arise in securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions transactions. She regularly counsels clients on disclosure, corporate governance, trading rules (including Section 16) and the negotiation of executive employment arrangements. Gillian also advises on the applicability of federal securities law, tax law and general employment-related legal issues.

Todd B. Castleton is counsel with Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton’s Employee Benefits Practice in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he leads the Qualified Retirement Plans team. His practice focuses on the compliance and administration of qualified defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements, and health and welfare plans. Todd partners with clients to achieve efficient solutions for effective employee benefit plan administration, to maintain the plans’ tax-preferred status under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), to manage employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions, to comply with Titles I, II, and IV of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and to implement the requirements of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (Tax Reform) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Health Care Reform). He is a contributing editor of The 401(k) Plan Handbook, and formerly was contributing editor of the Guide to Assigning & Loaning Benefit Plan Money.

John Sinkular is a Partner in the Detroit office of Pay Governance. For nearly 25 years, John has assisted companies with designing their executive pay programs to align to their business strategy and achieve talent objectives to drive shareholder value. John consults with publicly-traded, privately-owned and pre-IPO companies regarding executive and non-employee director pay. His work includes pay strategy, peer group development, pay level benchmarking (both U.S. and international positions), annual and long-term incentive plan design, pay-performance analyses, board pay and special situations.

John has worked with a wide range of pre-revenue, small cap and Fortune 500 companies. He works with companies in a variety of industries, business stages and situations. John has significant experience in helping companies effectively handle significant changes, including asset sales, bankruptcy, IPOs, M&A, and helping “newco” companies to be successful thereafter.

John has presented at several conferences and roundtables, including Equilar, CHRO Board Academy and NASPP, and regularly conducts research. He has published over 20 articles in national journals including Agenda, Compensation Focus, The Corporate Board, Ethical Boardroom, NYSE, World-at-Work, and Workspan, and Pay Governance’s Viewpoints. He was a contributing author to Pay Governance’s books, “Executive Pay at a Turning Point” and “Balancing the Tension”. Recent article topics include ensuring the pay program is on a strong foundation, optimizing retention impact of pay program, incentive plan goal setting, director compensation, manufacturing pay trends, considering the use of relative measures (TSR), ISS and homogenization of pay practices, and recovering from a failed Say on Pay vote.

For 11 years John worked as a Partner in Executive Compensation for Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).  Prior to that, John worked for William M. Mercer.

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