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    1. President Biden Signs Executive Order Promoting Pay Equity and Transparency

      President Biden Signs Executive Order Promoting Pay Equity and Transparency

      In addition to digesting OFCCP’s release of a new directive on compensation, government contractors may soon see new regulations around inquiries into and the use of prior salary information.  In conjunction with Equal Pay Day, President Biden signed a new Executive Order on Advancing Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness in Federal Contracting by Promoting Pay Equity and Transparency...

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    2. State Street CEO Announces Expectation that Companies Will Issue Climate Disclosures Aligned With TCFD

      State Street CEO Announces Expectation that Companies Will Issue Climate Disclosures Aligned With TCFD

      Specifically, State Street announced that its "main focus in 2022 will be to support the acceleration of the systemic transformations underway in climate change and the diversity of boards and workforces."  In other words, State Street has embraced the recent focus on "material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues." ...

       

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    3. Blog: ISS Releases Results of 2021 Broad Policy and Climate Surveys

      Blog: ISS Releases Results of 2021 Broad Policy and Climate Surveys

      ISS has just released the results of its 2021 global benchmark policy survey, which, this year, actually comprises two surveys—one related to a broad array of policies and the other specifically addressing climate change. Along with issues related to executive pay and governance, the broad survey also addressed issues such as non-financial ESG performance metrics in executive compensation, racial equity audits and virtual-only shareholder meetings...

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    4. Issues to Consider When Officers Grant Equity Awards

      Issues to Consider When Officers Grant Equity Awards

      Equity-based awards are often a significant element of a company’s compensation program. However, unlike more broad-based employee benefit programs, which are generally only subject to federal laws, equity-based compensation arrangements are, in most cases, subject to both federal (for example, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act)) and state laws...

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    5. Looking Ahead to the 2022 Proxy Season: ISS Annual Policy Survey and New Climate Survey Topics Reflect Focus on ESG and Climate Risk Oversight and SPAC Transactions

      Looking Ahead to the 2022 Proxy Season: ISS Annual Policy Survey and New Climate Survey Topics Reflect Focus on ESG and Climate Risk Oversight and SPAC Transactions

      Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) has launched its Annual Benchmark Policy Survey (available here) along with a separate Climate Policy Survey (available here), signaling potential changes to voting policies for 2022. Topics covered in the Annual Policy Survey include non-financial environment, social and governance (ESG) performance metrics in executive compensation plans, racial equity audits, virtual-only annual shareholder meetings, CEO compensation and votes on SPAC transactions...

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    6. Shareholder Proposal No-Action Requests in the 2021 Proxy Season: Dearth of No-Action Response Letters Leaves Companies Guessing

      Shareholder Proposal No-Action Requests in the 2021 Proxy Season: Dearth of No-Action Response Letters Leaves Companies Guessing

      As calendar year-end companies received shareholder proposals for their 2021 annual meetings, they faced a variety of uncertainties and challenges, including navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the racial inequities brought to the fore by the killings of George Floyd and others, and steering through a hyper-partisan and unprecedented U.S. presidential transition...

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