Deferred compensation in the form of future bonuses, retention payments, and stock options has become a standard element of executive compensation. While there are countless variations of such plans, they are all designed to incent employees to remain with their employer, and to perform to the employee’s highest capability while he is there. In order to meet these goals, such plans will often include a deferral of the benefit once it is earned, in order to create an incentive to remain with the employer.
The decision to float your company on the stock market is an important one, possibly the most important one your business will ever have to face, and one that most successful privately-owned companies will need to consider at some stage. Five years after start-up is a common time for companies to start considering floatation, once any teething troubles are ironed out and more capital is required to expand the business.
Stock options and stock grants have become normal and expected elements of executive compensation in Canada. Stock options are generally granted to executive employees as a means of creating a common purpose or goal between senior employees and the company. The valuation of these options, and the employee’s entitlement to exercise them, has been an issue in many wrongful dismissal actions.