ASU 2016-09: Simple But Complex: Part 1

As part of its Simplification Initiative, FASB issued ASU 2016-09 on March 30, 2016, an update to ASC Topic 718. For public business entities, the amendments in ASU 2016-09 are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016 and interim periods within those annual periods. For all other entities, the amendments are effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017 and interim periods within annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018. There are a few key provisions of the new standard, here we will focus on accounting for income taxes and elimination of APIC pool.

How Does Your Stock Plan Team Stack Up?

More than 200 public and private companies recently participated in our stock plan administration benchmark survey. From technology providers to healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, there was a wide range of participation across industries and equity plan design. Here is what we found to be true around how teams are spending their time, weaknesses and strengths in regards to technical skills, and a few ideas on how you can improve processes.

Tips on Strong Cross-Department Communication

Companies have varying corporate cultures and views on how best to administer their company’s equity compensation plans. One of the biggest keys to success is active communication. In this blog, we are going to focus on how to effectively develop a strategy for cross-department communications.

Requirements of a 10b5-1 Trading Plan

During our recent thought leadership webinar, 10b5-1 Survey Results: What do They Tell Us?, Christine Cognetti McCasland, Executive Director within Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Equity Solutions unit, and Mike Andresino, Partner at Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP, reviewed results from a joint survey conducted by Morgan Stanley and the NASPP. During the presentation, McCasland and Andresino laid out key requirements of a 10b5-1 plan. We’ve recapped them for you.

Glass Lewis Clarifies Its Approach to “One-Off” Equity Awards for Executive Officers

In mid-November, Glass Lewis released its final proxy voting policies and methodologies for the upcoming year. While most compensation policies remained largely intact from prior years (see our complete summary of compensation and governance policy changes here), this year’s release includes much-needed guidance on Glass Lewis’ approach and requirements for reviewing the use of off-cycle equity grants.

6 Steps to Implementing a Successful Financial Wellness Program

According to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Workplace Benefits Report, 81% of employers consider their employees’ overall personal financial well-being part of their responsibility. More important than the sense of responsibility employers feel around offering financial wellness tools, perhaps, is the effect on employee behavior and overall satisfaction. The report also found that 76% of employers feel that providing this benefit to employee’s results in a more satisfied workforce and 66% of employers feel offering a financial wellness program fosters a greater sense of loyalty.

7 Critical Areas for IPO Success

In one of our most watched on-demand webinars, Getting IPO Ready: Preparing Your Strategy and Equity Plan, experts discuss what it takes to gear up for your IPO and outline essential success factors across the finance organization. Preparing for an IPO takes resources, expertise, and coordination across departments, and the best time to begin the preparation process is now! Below you will find seven key areas affected by an IPO as presented by Nicole Irvin, Vice President, Morgan Stanley Investment Banking Division. Irvin provides detailed information about who from your organization should be involved, what key things you need to be thinking about, and what can you do now – even if you are well in advance of an IPO – to start to prepare.

Beware of the Modification

A modification is a change in any term of an award that is not included in your original equity compensation plan such as a change in number of shares, exercise price, transferability features, settlement provisions, or vesting conditions. Modifications to awards can result in additional compensation expense for the company. Below are a few examples of common events that trigger modification accounting, as well as those that do not.