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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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golden parachute

An employment agreement that gives generous benefits to its high-ranking executives if they are dismissed owing to a company merger or takeover. This term, dating from about 1980, may have been based on the older golden handshake, which offers an employee generous benefits or a bonus in exchange for early retirement. It dates from the mid-1900s, when a dwindling school population prompted many localities to offer such an incentive to teachers. In contrast, golden handcuffs are a financial incentive to keep an employee from leaving a company. Stock options that can be exercised only far in the future are a popular form of golden handcuffs. This term dates from about 1970.
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The primary argument for granting golden parachutes is predicated on the notion that, under some circumstances, top executives may resist takeover attempts in order to protect their jobs, even though such attempts may be in the shareholders' interest.
CUNA Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Mary Mitchell Dunn wrote that the board should permit credit unions to make golden parachute payments to former executives of insolvent or CAMEL 4 or 5 credit unions if the executive "was not involved in causing the loss.
For an executive, a golden parachute is a very good severance package.
Today, golden parachutes can encompass a wide variety of benefits, including not just extended salaries and cash payouts but also early vesting of stock options, bonuses, pensions and other benefits such as health and life insurance policies, says Marianne Heard, CPA, a manager at American Express Tax and Business Services.
I think compensation committees should adopt a convention that puts a ceiling on pay packages, somewhat like what has been done with golden parachutes.
NCUA Attorney Pamela Yu said there are exemptions to the golden parachute rules to allow for previously agreed to deferred compensation plans and legitimate "nondiscriminatory" severance pay plans.
While a few of the law firm's clients have been audited in the past on deferred compensation and golden parachutes, there has been "very little history" of the IRS actively auditing these areas, Fuller adds, describing the situation as something akin to "benign neglect.
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Wally questioned whether he should mention golden parachutes if no one else did.