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They say every cloud has a silver lining and so it seems with recent developments related to the CEO pay ratio rule. By releasing new guidance on the rule last week, the SEC has dashed hopes that it would delay the effectiveness of the rule. However, at the same time, it has taken important steps to reduce the compliance burden. The guidance, which consists of an Interpretive Release, revised pay ratio Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations,…

At the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, September 15th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Division of Corporation Finance Director Bill Hinman (speaking for himself and not the SEC) said that the SEC did not plan to delay the implementation of the CEO pay ratio disclosure rules. Mr. Hinman also mentioned that the SEC anticipates issuing guidance on the pay ratio rule in the near future.  We note that although the Financial Choice Act that…

It’s hard to believe it’s been a little over two years since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted the final rule for the CEO pay ratio disclosure as part of its implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. As most readers will know, the CEO pay ratio rule requires public companies (with certain exceptions) to disclose the ratio of the annual total compensation of their Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to the annual total compensation of their…

Companies preparing CEO pay ratio disclosure for the 2018 proxy season should not assume they will be able to rely on the Privacy Exemption with regard to gathering information about non-US employees. For a summary of the key provisions of the SEC’s final CEO pay ratio disclosure rule and the limited exemptions provided for non-US employees, see Baker McKenzie’s recent client alert. Invoking these exceptions will likely be difficult in practice. Companies should, however, generally be…