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  • Newsletter

    Buoyed by larger equity awards, total direct pay for board members of the largest U.S. companies increased 6% at the median over the past year, about twice the rate of the year before, according to Towers Watson’s latest annual analysis of director pay trends among Fortune 500 companies.

    Michael Bowie

  • Newsletter

    Organisations today are increasingly concerned about the effectiveness of their variable pay programmes. In a simple test to evaluate its relevance in your organisation, ask yourself the number of objectives your variable pay programme aims to meet. If you have more than two, you probably have an ineffective programme. Even companies that get the objective right, more often than not, do a poor job on the execution and communication.

    Subeer Bakshi, Consulting Leader, Talent & Rewards, Singapore

  • Press Release
    Towers Watson analysis shows despite continuing efforts to rein in rising health costs, roughly 50% of large U.S. employers will begin to hit the excise tax in 2018.
  • Newsletter

    With the Securities and Exchange Commission expected to issue regulations in the near future spelling out the minimum requirements for pay-for-performance disclosures in the proxy statement, companies can benefit from knowing what other companies may be doing beyond the minimum required by law as they think through their future approach to disclosure and analysis.

    Steve Kline

  • Newsletter
    The Senate approved a pension bill to narrow triggers for Section 4062(e) events, and a House committee proposed nondiscrimination testing relief for closed DB plans.
  • Press Release
    Leading global consultant Towers Watson has appointed Paul Taylor as a Senior Investment Consultant in its Melbourne office. Taylor joins Towers Watson from PwC, where he led the firm’s investment advisory practice.
  • Press Release
    Towers Watson, in association with Cass Business School, announces the findings of the latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor.
  • Newsletter

    Traditional long-term incentives, such as stock options and restricted share units, often face scrutiny due to a potential disconnect between the timing of payouts to executives and outcomes for shareholders, among other concerns. Boards looking to address this disconnect may want to consider career shares as an alternative for their long-term incentive plans.

    Ming Young

  • Press Release
    A Towers Watson paper claims that Scotland’s “no” vote will not mean “no change” for pension schemes
  • Article
    On 18 September, the Scottish electorate voted for Scotland to remain part of the United Kingdom. This Perspectives considers the implications of this vote.
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