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Executive Compensation

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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.15.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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.

Ben Walsh

If Pimco Were A Country, It Would Be The Most Unequal Place On The Planet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business

The salaries at Pimco confirm what researchers have been saying about income inequality in America: far more than the 1 percent, it’s the skyrocketing compensation of the 0.1 and 0.01 percent that are driving the rise in income inequality. Everyone – from the merely highly-paid to low-wage workers – is losing ground to the new income elite.

Decimate Wall Street

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

In a speech October 20, New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley proposed that a major chunk of pay for all senior executives at a particular bank be forfeited when the bank violates the law.

CEOs Get Paid Too Much, According To Pretty Much Everyone In The World

Gretchen Gavett | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Gretchen Gavett

It turns out that most people, regardless of nationality or set of beliefs, share similar sentiments about how much CEOs should be paid -- and, for the most part, these estimates are markedly lower than the amounts company leaders actually earn.

My Workers Are Better Than Your Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw a little hissy fit last week, stomping its Gucci-shod feet over a new rule requiring corporations to report the difference in pay between their median workers and their CEOs.

Why Media Executives Make Such An Insane Amount Of Money

AP | By RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 07.28.2014 | Media

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots acc...

Help Wanted: Slow and Expensive Accountant

Sarah Anderson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

Fortune 500 company is seeking a highly unproductive senior accountant to help inflate the cost of complying with a new federal law requiring that all publicly held corporations disclose the ratio between their CEO and median worker pay.

Zach Carter

Iowa Senate Candidate Earned Millions Leading Company That Paid No Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mark Jacobs, a top GOP contender for the seat of departing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin (D), made more than $34 million as a top executive at Re...

Editors, Earnings and Equality: Getting Down to the Root of the Jill Abramson Debate

Kim Keating | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Kim Keating

Abramson is not the first woman to be faced with this situation, nor will she be the last. In all of this media chaos surrounding this issue, it's essential to remember that being paid fairly is not the necessarily being paid equally.