CEO Pay Ratio Rule Will Not Be Delayed

At last Friday’s ABA annual meeting, Bill Hinman (with the standard disclaimer that he is speaking for himself and not on behalf of the SEC) confirmed that the SEC will not be delaying implementation of the CEO pay ratio rule, which will require most public companies to report the pay ratio in their 2018 proxy statements, for the first fiscal year beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2017.  (Foreign private issuers, MJDS filers, emerging growth companies and smaller reporting companies are exempt from the rule.)  Bill Hinman is the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.

Director Hinman also mentioned that the Division will be issuing additional guidance on the CEO pay ratio rule in the near future.  This earlier blog entry includes a summary of the SEC’s previous guidance on implementing the CEO pay ratio rule.

In a recent Compensation Standards survey, Liz Dunshee reported on trending practices in pay ratio preparation.

Cam C. Hoang

Cam C. Hoang

Cam helps clients with corporate matters including governance and SEC compliance, equity plans and executive compensation, securities offerings, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to her return to Dorsey, Cam was Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary at General Mills, Inc., where she helped the company achieve its corporate governance and SEC compliance objectives, worked on securities offerings and M&A transactions, risk management, foundation governance, and general corporate and commercial matters. Before joining General Mills in 2005, Cam was an associate for five years in the Dorsey Corporate Group in Minneapolis.

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