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Executive Compensation

My Workers Are Better Than Your Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.03.2014 | 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.

Buffett Wants Coke To Make Big Change

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2014 | Business

(Reuters) - The Coca-Cola Co is likely to revise its controversial equity compensation plan for executives before it goes into effect in 2015, follow...

Do American Firms Need an Asian Sense of Honor, With Resignations at the Top?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Last week I participated in a small conference of executives and scholars at NYU on the interplay of law and voluntary initiative in setting the tone ...

Buffett Defends High CEO Pay: It's Not 'Out Of Whack'

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business

Warren Buffett defended skyrocketing CEO pay and brushed off criticism for refusing to vote against a controversial compensation plan for Coca-Cola ex...

Dave Jamieson

Staggering Income Inequality Found In Fast Food Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Business

David Novak, the CEO of YUM! Brands, which owns Taco Bell and KFC, took home more than $22 million last year after exercising stock options, according...

A Conservative Executive Pay Plan

Bartlett Naylor | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Bartlett Naylor

In the end, stronger laws will be required to staunch the looting of American corporations by senior executives. Chair Camp's laudable tax measure constitutes an important expression that conservatives are willing to help, and we hope the Camp-Reed-Doggett effort sees success.

Richard M. Daley, Director of the Day

Dean Baker | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

During his tenure as mayor, Daley consistently failed to make the required contribution to the city's pension funds. As a result, according to his successor Rahm Emanuel, the city is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Dear Liberal Arts College Board of Trustees: Can We Put Our Money Where Our Morals Are?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 03.07.2014 | College
Victor M. Feraru

I attend a Quaker college in the Southeastern part of the United States. This college has changed and trained me to become a critical thinker and a gl...

Gap Between Male and Female Pay Is Widening

Keven Bellows | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

More women on boards not only contribute to improved company performance, they also advocate for a more level playing field for women in the companies they serve.

Let's Redesign Executive Pay

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

I've been looking back a lot, partly because I tend to look forward toward a future that requires us to make radical changes now. One of the greatest crises we face is the growing gap between the rich and the rest.

Big Job Cuts Coming

Reuters | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business

* Bank says 10,000-12,000 jobs to go, including 7,000 in UK * Says 'competitive' market drove 10 pct bonus rise ...

How to Solve Economic Inequality From the Top Down

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

In his SOTU speech, President Obama talked about the need to improve wages for all Americans, with a special emphasis on raising the minimum wage. But economic inequality exists as much because of oversized compensation at the top as it does because of inadequate pay at the bottom.

J.C. Penney's Overcompensated Ex-CEO Still Sinking Its Stock

Denise Mattson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Denise Mattson

From the Pope to billionaires, people are beginning to reject today's popular CEO compensation formula as unjust. There is no reason other than greed to explain how one human's contribution can be worth more than the contribution of 1,000.

Scandalous Options

Patricia McGuire | Posted 03.07.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Whether the size of the football coach's salary or the glamorous new recreational facilities or the size of the Race to the Top grant, the power of money is trumping the value of real education. And once money gets into the mix, the opportunity for scandal is ever present.

The Dark Side of Executive Narcissism: How CEOs Destroy Companies' Reputation and Employee Morale

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2014 | Business
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Ph.D.

If we can educate organizations, in particular board members, on the virtues of humility and the destructive consequences of narcissistic and charismatic leadership, we may see a smaller proportion of entitled, arrogant, and fraudulent CEOs -- to everyone's benefit.

The Need to Build Virtuous Organizations

Frank Islam | Posted 02.17.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

We don't know how many virtuous organizations there are in the United States today. We do know that we need more -- many more.

GM's Mary Barra: Inspirational, But Also Unfortunately Still An Anomaly

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

Mary Barra's appointment as CEO of General Motors is clearly a milestone for both women and the auto industry. This is a business, after all, where it's more likely to see a woman draped across a car hood at an auto show or in a pin-up calendar than sitting in the executive suite.

Corporate America: 'Have You No Sense of Decency?'

James P. Hoffa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

Today the Teamsters and American workers face a moment of reckoning. The time has come where people must stand up and say enough is enough to companies that seek to take advantage of employees and taxpayers.

Force Corporations to Reveal Worker Pay? Think of the Children!

Sarah Anderson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Sarah Anderson

Corporate lobbyists have been hyperventilating ever since an amendment requiring firms to report their CEO-worker pay ratio slipped into the Dodd-Frank legislation.

4 Reasons the SEC's New Ratio Test Will Not Decrease CEO Pay

Avi Sinensky | Posted 12.21.2013 | Business
Avi Sinensky

This proposal -- like some of the other rules implemented under Dodd-Frank -- will do little to accomplish the desired effect of narrowing the gap between employee compensation and executive compensation. If anything, it may have the opposite effect.

Linking Sustainability Performance to Compensation: A Must for Success

Anca Novacovici | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Anca Novacovici

If sustainability is to become part of business operations and be successful in the long-term, it must be evaluated and tied to compensation at the executive level as well as organization-wide.