Director Compensation Update

I’ve written a number of articles and blogs about some sticky issues that can surface in the context of setting pay for public company non-employee directors (here, here, here, and here).

On March 6th the parties to the In re Investors Bancorp, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, filed a settlement agreement with the Delaware Chancery Court.  By way of background, the Investors Bancorp decision limited the shareholder ratification defense for non-employee director equity awards that were granted on a discretionary basis. The equity plan at issue in In re Investors Bancorp, which had been approved by the company’s shareholders, provided that the maximum number of shares that could be delivered to all non-employee directors, in the aggregate, would be capped at 30% of all option or restricted stock unit or restricted stock awards available for grant under the plan.  Read More ›

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Consider Adding Separate Annual Limits on Director Equity Awards

As reported in Part 1 of our End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists, employers that are adopting or amending equity-based compensation plans in 2014 should consider adding a separate annual limit on director equity awards.  Including a separate sublimit for director equity awards appears to be a trend that continues to gain momentum amongst executive compensation practitioners.  A recent survey published by Towers Watson indicates that 22% of Form 500 companies that adopted or amended stock plans during the 2013 proxy season added a separate limit on director equity awards.

Many employers have added the separate sublimit for directors to respond to the Delaware Chancery Court’s ruling in Seinfeld v. Read More ›

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