Cannabis Compensation #2

Fred WhittleseyConscious Compensation: The Impact Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog, Uncategorized

From the Cannabis Compensation Consultant “A page-by-page peek at pair of popular pot periodicals and the people who publish pages for the partying portion of the population.” That was the subtitle of a term paper in Journalism 101, circa 1976, and the professor was the founder of the LA Free Press, Art Kunkin (died 30 April 2019). The paper received a … Read More

Cannabis Compensation #1

Fred WhittleseyConscious Compensation: The Impact Compensation Blog, Effective Equity: The Equity Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

From the Cannabis Compensation Consultant I did inhale.  I also held it in as long as I could to maximize the effects. Who would have thought that would ever intersect with my investing activity and commentary on executive compensation? (Full disclosure: I reside in the state of Washington where recreational cannabis is legal. We have a pot store just about … Read More

Stupid Compensation Plans – The Next Chapter

Fred WhittleseyConscious Compensation: The Impact Compensation Blog, Effective Equity: The Equity Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

I am not understanding how a prospective, not retroactive, reduction in corporate tax rates should result in boards of directors and executives thinking that this should justify a $1,000 bonus for every employee.  Whether you are an airline, or a bank, or neither an airline or a bank.  Nevermind pay-for-performance so that people about to be fired get the same as the … Read More

It’s Time to Kill Merit Increase Processes and Salary Budget Surveys – What Better Time to Start Than Labor Day?

Fred WhittleseyConscious Compensation: The Impact Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

Fred Whittlesey Compensation Venture Group, SPC An oversize postcard in my mailbox today – yes, a real physical heavy stock paper postcard – is touting the value of the 44th annual salary budget survey from a compensation professional association. The pitch says that this survey “will provide the knowledge you need.” If I told you that the message on the … Read More

Restructuring Executive Incentive Metrics for Sustainability

Fred WhittleseyConscious Compensation: The Impact Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

The growing global movement of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, conscious capitalism and environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria is on a collision course with the executive compensation world’s focus on shareholders and adherence to proxy advisers’ checklists. Executive compensation performance measures must evolve quickly, but what’s lacking is a cohesive and comprehensive framework for defining metrics that are consistent with … Read More

Equity Compensation in Private Companies – Still Full of Landmines

Fred WhittleseyEffective Equity: The Equity Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

  A new report by Proskauer Rose LLP summarizes IPO activity in 2016 and includes some of the equity compensation problems that continue to dog these new companies.  For example, “66% of health care issuers received a cheap stock comment” from the SEC.  (Proskauer includes biotech and biopharma companies in the “health care” sector.) What the SEC calls “cheap stock” – equity … Read More

Executive Compensation for Private Companies (sic)

Fred WhittleseyEffective Equity: The Equity Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

  Wikipedia says that: The Latin adverb sic (“thus”; “just as”; in full: sic erat scriptum, “thus was it written”) inserted after a quoted word or passage, indicates that the quoted matter has been transcribed exactly as found in the source text, complete with any erroneous or archaic spelling, surprising assertion, faulty reasoning, or other matter that might otherwise be taken as an error of transcription. I … Read More

Compensation Integrity: What the Heck is Going On?

Fred WhittleseyCompensation Expert Witness Blog, Conscious Compensation: The Impact Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

Fred Whittlesey Compensation Venture Group, SPC An update on this continuing theme. Disney will pay $38 million in back wages after feds allege wage and hour violations Wouldn’t it be better to have competent compensation professionals who have the “spine” to stand up to senior management and ensure compliance?  It shouldn’t take a judge to know the right thing to do. Conscious … Read More

Are We Paying CEOs All Wrong?

Fred WhittleseyEffective Equity: The Equity Compensation Blog, Pay and Performance: The Compensation Blog

  Last week’s article in Bloomberg Business Week “We’re Paying CEOs All Wrong” extended my work in Behavioral Economics and Equity Compensation to executive pay and then upward to CEO pay. I am flattered that the first two paragraphs of the article discussed my ideas although I thought it unnecessary to highlight that I have done this for “more than three decades” … Read More