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Will TARP impact the executive compensation plan design of non-TARP companies?

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business-strategy-chess-41Ask Our Experts:  Grahall’s Garry Rogers reflects on how TARP may impact executive compensation plan design.
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Risk through Rose Colored Glasses

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expert perspective telescopeExpert Perspective by Grahall’s Greg Loehmann

A June 28, 2009 article entitled “Treasury Expands TARP Compensation Rules to All Bank Employees, Puts Focus on Risk Management“  published in FinCriAdvisors.com, discusses recent Treasury rules intended to manage risk at TARP companies. The article says: “The rules require the bank’s compensation committee to limit features in pay plans to ensure that senior executive officers (SEO) and others “are not encouraged to take risks that are unnecessary or excessive and that the TARP recipient is not unnecessarily exposed to risks.” 
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I Think I am Probably Absolutely Sure, Perhaps

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In her June 21, 2009 article for Investment News titled “Directors’ role at center of ‘say on pay’ debate“ Sara Hansard says: “ The long-running debate over “say on pay” is heating up in Washington, with a group representing executives saying that the proposal undermines the role of directors while an investors’ group counters that it makes boards more accountable to shareholders.”
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Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

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It doesn’t take an idiot to tell this tale – or Macbeth – but we’ll take the role. Insignificant, despite the apparent sound and fury, is the issue of $500,000 annual pay increases, which the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) asked Morgan Stanley to reverse. (Cari Tuna, “Union Calls on Morgan to Reverse Raises for Top Earners.” June 24, 2009.)
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Will Towers Watson Beat the Odds?

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expert perspective telescopeThe Human Resources consulting industry is buzzing after the June 29 announcement that Watson Wyatt and Towers Perrin would merge.  Jeffrey McCracken and Joann S. Lublin, in their June 29 article for The Wall Street Journal   note that “The combined company, to be called Towers Watson & Co…will create the world’s biggest employee-benefits consultancy…”  We wonder how this merger will the delivery of employee benefits compensation consulting services, and who will ultimately benefit?
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SHRM Quotes Grahall’s Michael Graham Regarding the Total Rewards Strategy Alignment Study

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Published in SHRM June 19, 2009 by Stephen Miller

Rewards are the most powerful way to motivate employees to accomplish business results, especially, when they are aligned with business strategy,” says Michael Graham, a consultant at the Grahall Research Institute, a research firm and consultancy. But according to Grahall’s newly released Total Rewards Strategy Alignment Study, most U.S. companies say their pay, benefits and rewards programs are not meeting their business needs.

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Link to Grahall’s Total Rewards Strategy Alignment Study

Email Michael Graham at michael.graham@grahall.com

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