golden parachute


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golden parachute

A large severance package given to an executive who is forced to leave a company due to a corporate merger or takeover. Daniel refused to take the position unless the company added a golden parachute clause to his contract.
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golden parachute

n. a special kind of severance pay for persons who may be forced to leave a job. (see also golden handcuffs.) If all the golden parachutes were used at the same time, it would bankrupt the company.
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The case does clarify that post-acquisition employment contracts may generate golden parachute payments.
Despite some earlier concerns, shareholders didn't withhold support for golden parachutes as a way to protest perceived executive compensation levels," said Margaret Black, Managing Director at Pearl Meyer & Partners.
The NCUA defines golden parachutes as payments that are "contingent on the termination of that person's employment and received when the credit union making the payment is troubled, capitalized or insolvent.
The NCUA Board would have final authority over whether a golden parachute is allowed and the criteria it uses will include what degree the employee had managerial or fiduciary responsibility; the length of time the employee was affiliated with the credit union and does the payment represent a reasonable payment; and any other factors that could be considered.
Coalcorp" or the "Company") (TSX: CCJ) with a 44% shareholding, today announced its discovery that Coalcorp failed to disclose egregious golden parachutes benefiting fifteen members of its senior management.
The Allied board only exacerbated shareholder concerns regarding the terms, process and motives involved in the proposed merger by simultaneously approving the merger agreement and amending employment agreements for top executives in ways that appear to have materially increased golden parachute payouts for these executives.
And now we are going to reward incompetence with a lucrative contract after he was given a golden parachute of $500,000.
Auditors examining the businesses will focus on eight primary areas: nonqualified deferred compensation, stock-based compensation, the $1 million cap on compensation paid to public company officers, golden parachute arrangements, split-dollar life insurance, fringe benefits and the use of two listed transactions (family limited partnerships and offshore employee leasing).
While it can offer much more, the typical golden parachute provides the recipient with a minimum of three times his or her annual salary, three years' worth of bonus, and three years' continuation of principal benefits, says Roger Siske, a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago and chairman of its national employee benefits and executive compensation practice.
com/reports/c32570) has announced the addition of Executive Reports: Structuring Golden Parachute Agreements - The Over-Arching Issues You Need To Know to their offering
There's no question that the commission's decision to grant Larry Keller a golden parachute of up to $500,000 is, on its face, patently offensive to taxpayers,'' Villaraigosa said.
The golden parachute deal for new chief Justin King, pictured, comes on top of base salary of pounds 675,000 and is to "compensate" him for missing out on bonuses he would have got if he'd stayed in his old job at Marks & Spencer.
Cumberland advises corporate clients on executive compensation issues related to stock options, restricted stock, non-qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation, global compensation strategies, golden parachute rules and the one million deduction limitation.
In many cases, the sole justification for these boards and commissions seems to be to allow politicians to reward supporters and to provide a golden parachute for defeated or termed-out cronies, who otherwise would be looking for a job.
Some items that require a Form 11199-MISC include: (1) real estate, equipment or pasture rentals; (2) royalties to authors; (3) prizes and awards not paid as part of services rendered; and (4) compensation (such as fees, commissions and awards) and golden parachute payments paid to nonemployees for services.