SEC regulatory compliance & reporting

Spring-loaded awards merit accounting scrutiny, SEC staff says

“Spring-loaded” awards are share-based compensation that companies award to executives shortly before announcing market-moving information. The SEC staff says that when measuring compensation, companies must consider the impact that the information will have upon release.

New SEC rules enable electronic submissions

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted to permit the use of electronic signatures in authentication documents and to facilitate electronic service and filing in the commission’s administrative proceedings.

SEC staff guidance addresses pandemic-related disclosures

Public companies need to carefully consider their obligations in disclosing the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on their operations, liquidity, and capital resources, according to staff guidance issued by the SEC Division of Corporation Finance.

SEC updates staff guidance on shareholder meetings

Responding to travel, mailing and other issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the SEC has published updated staff guidance on shareholder meetings for companies and other issuers of public stock.

Where to find January’s flipbook issue

Starting this month, all Association magazines — the Journal of Accountancy, The Tax Adviser, and FM magazine (coming in February) — are completely digital. Read more about the change and get tips on how to access the new flipbook digital issues.

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