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Equity Utilization in the Bay Area Tech 120

February 16, 2017

Our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert examines the use of equity by the companies in the Bay Area Tech 120 during 2016 from a variety of perspectives.

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“Say on Pay” at the Bay Area Tech 120 – A Look at 2016

February 15, 2017

ISS has updated its "burn rate" tables, which influence its voting recommendations on equity plan proposals, for 2017. Our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert highlights these updates, which provide notable changes in the burn rate levels for technology and life sciences companies.

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ISS Updates Burn Rate Tables for 2017 Proxy Season

January 6, 2017

ISS has updated its "burn rate" tables, which influence its voting recommendations on equity plan proposals, for 2017. Our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert highlights these updates, which provide notable changes in the burn rate levels for technology and life sciences companies.

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Software Company Peers – The Top Comparators

December 22, 2016

Recently, Compensia looked at the use of peer groups by companies in the software sector. Our findings are summarized in our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert.

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Market Stock Unit Practices in the Technology Sector

December 12, 2016

Compensia has surveyed the use of market stock unit (“MSU”) awards at public companies in the technology sector. Our findings are summarized in our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert.

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Employee Stock Plan Proposals at the Tech 120

December 1, 2016

We’ve compiled the results on the employee stock plan proposals submitted for shareholder action by the Tech 120 during the 2016 proxy season. Here’s our summary of the proposals and the voting results from these proposals.

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ISS Issues 2017 Policy Updates

November 28, 2016

Institutional Shareholder Service has updated the policies that it will use in 2017 to make voting recommendations for its institutional investor clients on matters to be addressed at annual meetings of shareholders during the 2017 proxy season. Of particular significance, ISS has made revisions to how it will evaluate director compensation proposals and plans. These updates are effective for annual meetings taking place on or after February 1, 2017.

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ISS Issues Reminder about Updating Peer Group Ahead of 2017 Proxy Season

November 25, 2016

ISS is now accepting updates to a company’s compensation peer group in advance of its review of the company’s executive compensation program as disclosed in its 2016 proxy statements.

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ISS Updates “Pay for Performance” Methodology

November 21, 2016

ISS has announced significant changes to its methodology for evaluating the relationship between a company’s financial performance and executive pay, to take effect in the 2017 proxy season.

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ISS Introduces “QualityScore” Corporate Governance Tool Ahead of 2017 Proxy Season

November 2, 2016

Institutional Shareholder Services has relaunched its global corporate governance scoring tool. Called “QualityScore,” this tool builds on its previous methodology for enabling institutional investors to understand and evaluate companies’ corporate governance policies and practices.

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Many Companies Will Need to Conduct Say-on-Frequency Votes in 2017

October 31, 2016

In the 2017 proxy season, many companies will be required to conduct both a Say-on-Pay vote and a Say-on-Frequency vote with respect to future Say-on-Pay votes. Our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert summarizes the factors the Board of Directors should consider in recommending whether future Say-on-Pay pay votes should be held annually, biennially, or triennially, as well as reminders of the process surrounding this vote.

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Congress Considers Legislation to Postpone Taxation of Private Company Equity Awards

September 19, 2016

Legislation that would allow employees of privately-held companies to defer their income tax liabilities on their equity awards is currently working its way through Congress.

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ISS Provides Peek at Possible Policy Updates for 2017 Proxy Season

August 10, 2016

ISS is soliciting comments on a number of potential changes to its benchmark policies used to formulate its voting recommendations for the 2017 proxy season. Our latest Thoughtful Pay Alert summarizes the topics under consideration.

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Director Compensation Litigation – A Mid-Year Update

July 6, 2016

Since the beginning of the 2016 proxy season, there have been several significant developments in the area of director compensation litigation. In addition, there has been an increase in the number of technology and life sciences companies that have included a limit on the amounts paid to the members of their Board of Directors. This Thoughtful Pay Alert summarizes these developments as well as the key considerations in crafting an appropriate compensation limit.

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ISS Issues Mid-Year Reminder about Updating Compensation Peer Group

June 28, 2016

ISS will soon be accepting updates to a company’s compensation peer group in advance of its review of the company’s executive compensation program in connection with Annual Meetings of Shareholders being held during the second half of 2016.

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Revisiting Relative TSR

June 6, 2016

Designing an incentive compensation plan with a performance measure involving relative total shareholder can pose significant challenges. How you answer several key questions can help that your plan meets your business objectives while serving as an effective motivational tool for your executives.

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Congressional Committee Debates Proxy Advisor Reform Bill

May 26, 2016

Recently, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on a bill that would regulate the activities of proxy advisory firms. This Thoughtful Pay Alert summarizes the provisions of this bill.

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