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Executive Compensation

Is the SEC Against Income Inequality -- or for It?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Let's not pop the Prosecco just yet. Another SEC rule being debated now would effectively endorse the root cause of excessive CEO pay -- the practice of paying CEOs based on the company's stock price.

SEC Finally Approves Rule On CEO Pay

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday approved a rule requiring companies to the reveal the discrepancy between what thei...

The Asinine Arguments Corporations Have Used to Block CEO-Worker Pay Disclosure for 5 Years

Sarah Anderson | Posted 07.16.2015 | Business
Sarah Anderson

When Dodd-Frank turns five years old on July 21, this simple rule will still not be in force. It may be the law of the land, but the SEC has not finalized the regulations to put it into practice.

Is It Time To Extend The Say On Pay To The Employees?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

We need a fresh look at the whole concept of "Pay for Performance." But maybe the problem isn't with the basic concept of Say on Pay -- it's that the wrong group is asked to weigh in.

Ben Walsh

Outgoing Twitter CEO's Shares Surge As Investors Cheer

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo stepped down Wednesday, six weeks after the company reported poor earnings that drove its shares down almost 25 percent. Twit...

Andrew Lord

Why Google's Larry Page Is The Highest-Rated CEO In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Lord | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business

Think you have the best boss? Think again. Google's Larry Page is the highest-rated CEO in the United States, according to career review website G...

Zach Carter

Here's Why Elizabeth Warren Is So Mad At The SEC

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stunned Wall Street this week with a scathing letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo...

Zach Carter

Elizabeth Warren Has Had It With The SEC's Aid To Wall Street Lawbreakers

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White on Tuesday, criticizing White's ...

CEO Pay a Common Theme on Progressive Agendas For 2016

Sarah Anderson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

The AFL-CIO's new figures have come out amidst a proliferation of new policy agendas that include executive compensation reforms and are aimed at shaping the 2016 election campaigns.

New SEC CEO Pay Rule Gets Low Marks

Sarah Anderson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

In my more than two decades of work on runaway executive pay, sparking public outrage has never been the problem. The real challenge has been persuading the public there's something we can do about it.

Can Etsy Keep its Edge Post-IPO? 3 Ways to Defy Capital Market Norms

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The buzz about Etsy's IPO runs something like this... the company that connects artisans and home-based craft makers to a new kind of consumer hungry for unique products -- has met its nemesis: the public equity markets.

Dan Price, Don Quixote and the Surprising Intelligence of a $70,000 Minimum Wage

Marcy Syms | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Marcy Syms

We share Rush Limbaugh's fantasy that one day Dan Price's decision to drastically cut his own pay will be written up as a case study for MBA students. The difference is that we hope that it will be taught as an example of visionary leadership in the face of seemingly impossible odds.

Twice the Burden: Low-Wage Employers Cost Taxpayers Billions in Public Assistance and Lost Tax Revenue

Yannet Lathrop | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Yannet Lathrop

On Tax Day, while working Americans contribute their part to keeping the country running, many companies that pay low-wages will exploit a loophole in the tax code that that allowed them to write off taxes on over $66 billion in executive compensation pay between 2007 and 2010.

Profits Without Honor: The Sad Truth About CEO Compensation

Frank Islam | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Frank Islam

In this new era of executive compensation run amok, the balanced scorecard has been replaced with an unbalanced one. The single factor that matters most in too many businesses is moving the financial needle to pad the executive's pocketbook.

Zach Carter

Senate Democrats Are Getting Fed Up With The SEC's Delay On CEO Pay Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats are losing patience with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the agency's failure to implement a new CEO pay ru...

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Maureen Conway | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Maureen Conway

Co-authored by Judith Samuelson Inside of a few weeks, business has shifted the national dialogue about what constitutes a fair wage. Aetna CEO Mark B...

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Inequality is a problem for everyone -- for business, for the health of the democracy and for society at large. Our free-enterprise system is the driver of income and wealth. Business leaders don't have to wait for government solutions to the inequality problem. They have the tools at hand -- they just need the courage to step away from the pack and use them.

Ben Walsh

Why FIFA Won't Disclose How Much It Pays Its Executives

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports

A lack of transparency at one of the world's most important sports institutions.

Good Sense, Not Greed

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

You rarely hear of anyone refusing to accept a couple million dollars with no strings attached. Yet the CEO of Plum Creek Timber Co., Rick Holley, recently did just that.

House of Cards Makes a Wonk's Day

Sarah Anderson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

I'm embarrassed to admit I'm one of the few people in Washington who has never watched House of Cards. But this sorry state of affairs is soon about to change. That's because this hot Netflix show has just delivered me a pleasant surprise.

Ben Walsh

Here's How To Fix The CEO Pay Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business

We’re doing CEO pay wrong.

To the CEO of Aetna: Three More ideas to Reduce Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Cynics will point out that while Aetna may be a first mover in the health care industry, the total cost of Bertolini's announcement is chump change. Aetna's profits weigh in at about $2 billion per year.

2015: 'Let's Ask the Right Questions About Corporate Compensation'

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Fresh winds are blowing through both boardrooms and MBA programs these days, stirring up debate about the fundamentals of doing business.

Zach Carter

Senate Dems Tell SEC To Implement CEO Pay Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fifteen Senate Democrats including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called Tuesday for the Securities and Exchange Commission to implement a r...

Should You Ask Your Boss For A Raise?

Joel Peterson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Business
Joel Peterson

While asking for a raise may be a high-stress conversation, being on the receiving end isn't fun either.