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Recent press reports have highlighted the difficulties faced by companies that discover evidence of misconduct only after an executive has exited and received severance.

August 21, 2020
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Companies looking to cut costs will consider potential savings in all parts of their businesses, including at the top of the organization. But before proceeding with any proposals to trim the size of the leadership team or to reduce compensation costs, there are two key areas that every employer should consider first.

August 11, 2020
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For public companies, whenever there is a change in leadership for whatever reason, an issue that must be addressed is whether the company needs to make a public filing disclosing the change. The…

June 18, 2019
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In an unusual enforcement action, on July 2, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) agreed to settle charges relating to “inadequate”…

August 21, 2018
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As Louis Brandeis observed, sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. The exposure and discussion prompted by the #MeToo movement has shone a cleansing light on the issue of sexual harassment…

August 14, 2018
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A top hat plan is a plan that provides benefits to a select group of management or highly compensated employees. Because Congress determined that a plan covering a sophisticated group of employees…

March 6, 2018
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The 2018 proxy season will be the first time many companies are required to comply with the SEC’s pay ratio disclosure rule, which was adopted by the Commission in 2015 pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act…

January 30, 2018
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I sometimes wonder why anyone would want to be a CEO of a public company in today’s climate. Gone are the days when CEOs were venerated members of the community. Today’s CEO is much more likely to be…

November 10, 2017
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I’ve found that it’s fairly common for Texas employers to have questions about the enforceability of a non-compete, but not so common for them to ask about the enforceability of their…

August 10, 2017
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CEOs have long had to look over their shoulders to their company’s shareholders with some fear of a revolt that could lead to the CEO’s removal. While typically seeking board representation…

May 18, 2017
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If you’re an HR manager, director, or vice president, you’ve probably not only got a pretty long holiday wish list , but also a fairly sizable list of New Year’s resolutions. It probably includes…

December 29, 2016
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The Internal Revenue Service recently issued guidance confirming its position that an individual cannot be treated as both an employee and a partner of the same entity (sometimes referred to as the…

August 23, 2016