On January 11, 2013, the SEC approved Nasdaq and NYSE rule changes that implement the stricter independence standards for compensation committee members mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act. Read our earlier post on these proposals.
There are two key implementation dates for all listed companies to keep in mind:
- July 1, 2013 – this is when the new requirements relating to the duties and authority of the compensation committee with respect to compensation advisors take effect
- Earlier of (1) a company’s first annual meeting after January 15, 2014 or (2) October 31, 2014 – this is when the enhanced independence requirements for compensation committee members take effect
IPO companies will need to comply with the new compensation committee independence rules,subject to the same phase-in period applicable to other committee independence requirements: at least one independent member upon listing, majority of members must be independent within 90 days, and all members must be independent within one year. As a result, board and committee preparations in connection with an IPO must now factor in these new compensation committee independence requirements.