SEC May Issue Final Clawback Regulations Next Month
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) anticipates issuing final clawback regulations before the end of October 2022.
On June 8, 2022, the SEC reopened a 30-day comment period on the proposed rules for Listing Standards for Recovery of Erroneously Awarded Compensation, relative to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
These rules would apply to what is described in executive compensation as a clawback. Presently, the Dodd-Frank Act includes a provision to require publicly traded companies to adopt and disclose a policy for recouping incentive compensation from current and former executives. The policy for recoupment of compensation is to be available in the event the company is ever required to prepare an accounting restatement because of the company’s material noncompliance with financial reporting requirements of securities law.
The timeline below helps illustrate some of the steps that have occurred since the financial industry bailout of the Great Recession*, the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the further steps initiated by the SEC to define the role of clawbacks.
Executive Compensation and Final Clawback Regulations
When Congress approved the Dodd-Frank Act, the intent of the complex legislation was to protect the country from practices within the financial sector and other verticals that created risks for consumers or the economy in general. Lawmakers across party lines have always agreed on the need to control unethical practices in the financial sector, such as predatory lending. Yet, how control can be achieved without creating a regulatory burden for select industries, has remained a point of debate. As a result, the Dodd-Frank Act has undergone numerous updates and revisions. Depending upon the updates released next month, companies could be facing the new requirements regarding clawbacks as soon as January 1, 2023.
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