Executive pay continues to be a touchy subject for CFOs. Critics openly question whether exorbitant salaries and bonuses are really warranted, while many corporate colleagues insist that top executives should be paid what the market will bear.
In this special report, we explore how the SEC may step in and ask for more clarity from companies about how they pay their executives. We also dig into a controversial study that shows the relationships between corporate consultants and executive compensation are plagued with conflicts of interest. And we look at how the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) section of proxy statements is intended to make pay more transparent but might actually be boosting C-suite salaries.
But executives are not the only ones getting paid. Those looking for new talent can find some of the latest trends in employee compensation. And readers wondering why backdating scandals have been out of the news can learn why the Securities and Exchange Commission has been dropping backdating investigations.