All pre-IPO and public companies must have their financial processes and statements audited by an independent auditor, and as a part of this process the auditor will examine your stock compensation plan. By doing some anticipatory work, you’ll be well prepared for the audit rather than relying on the auditor to uncover any issues that need to be addressed – potentially delaying the IPO process. Here are four things you can do now to avoid a problematic audit.
Tax accounting, modifications, retirement provisions, SEC disclosures….it’s enough to make your head spin. When it comes to equity compensation management, the complexities are endless, but what does Barbara Baksa, Executive Director of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, declare as the stock plan area that companies get wrong most often? Read this blog to find out.
During the last week of April, the Trump administration released general tax-reform principles in a one-page outline. Generally consistent with proposals Trump made during his election campaign, they include the following…
In just a few short weeks, Certent clients, partners, sponsors, and equity compensation thought leaders will come together in downtown Nashville, TN for the 6th annual Certent Summit. The event kicks off Monday, May 22nd with in-depth product training, networking, inspiring keynotes, and more.
Employee stock purchase plans (ESPPs) offer great value to employees and help companies broaden their ownership culture. The most favorable plans offer a look-back and a 15% discount, yet according to a recent Fidelity survey, average ESPP participation is just 29%. Read on for 7 tips to improve participation in your company’s ESPP.
The cross-departmental nature of managing an equity plan can make gathering data and keeping up-to-date records a nightmare. There is no time more crucial than year-end to make sure you reconcile equity plan data across all of your internal stakeholders and departments.
It’s not often that the worlds of professional sports and equity compensation intersect. True, I have a Google alert set up for “stock options” that sometimes returns articles about how the stock of football players impacts their career options (as in “Joe Schmo played really well in the last game; his stock is really rising”), but that’s not what I’m referring to. I’m talking about domestic mobility. While we are struggling with how compensation is taxed when employees travel from one state to another, this is an issue that professional sports has been dealing with for a long time now.
Designing and managing equity plans is half the battle – effective communications represents the other half and requires equity plan managers to put on their marketing caps. I know that you already have a ton on your plate, so here is a quick “Marketing 101” that will help you gain awareness for your equity plans.
When it comes down to it, we grant equity compensation for the benefit of the recipients. We aren’t granting awards for the joy of accounting for them, nor for the fun of taxing them. We want employees to be happy with their awards, and we want the awards to drive motivation, loyalty, and retention. Because inquiring minds want to know, Fidelity Stock Plan Services undertakes an extensive biannual survey to understand the participant side of the story, which can help plan sponsors to be more effective with their offerings. Here are a few of the results.
With the 24th Annual NASPP Conference and Exhibition coming up next week, we wanted to make sure you get the most out of your time in Houston. Attending conferences can be a struggle when trying to choose from a jam-packed schedule full of inspiring breakout sessions and balancing that with authentic, meaningful networking all while maintaining your day-to-day workload. You need to make the most of your time at the conference and here are 7 ways to do it.