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Job Events

Job Events examines the role of equity awards in hiring and salary negotiation, and the impact of job termination.

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In job negotiation, hiring, and employment termination, it is important to consider your stock compensation. In particular, companies strictly adhere to rules about the treatment of equity awards upon job termination, so it is crucial to know what to expect should your employment end.

Selected Articles

Termination

Job Loss And Your Stock Grants (Part 1): Options, Restricted Stock, And ESPPs

Whether it is expected or not, job loss is an upheaval that gives you a lot to think about. However, as you clear off your desk, don't forget your stock compensation. Know the post-termination rules of your stock grants.
Job Search & Negotiation

Negotiating And Structuring Your Stock Compensation (Part 1): Key Documents This is premium content

Podcast included! You may find a gap between what you expect from your equity compensation and what you receive. Often the problem stems from the complexity of the related documents and rules. Learn about them, and understand why you must focus on conflicting or inconsistent provisions.
Termination

Job Loss And Your Stock Grants (Part 2): Changes Of Employment Status, Post-Termination Tax, Severance This is premium content

Amid the upheaval of job loss, don't forget your stock compensation. This article covers important aspects of job termination that apply to all stock grants.
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Job Search & Negotiation

Negotiating And Structuring Your Stock Compensation (Part 2): Privately Held Companies This is premium content

Podcast included! Part 1 looked at the problems of conflicting or inconsistent provisions among different documents. Part 2 discusses which existing documents and rules nonfounder executives must consider when negotiating for equity compensation during the early (pre-public) stages of a company's development and growth.
Job Search & Negotiation

Negotiating And Structuring Your Stock Compensation (Part 3): Equity Rights And Severance When You Terminate Employment This is premium content

Podcast included! Part 3 of this article series reviews the steps you must take to preserve your equity rights at or before the termination of your employment, and in any severance arrangement. The impact depends on your specific agreements, the company's overall plans and policies, and—in many cases—the reason for the termination.
Job Search & Negotiation

NEW! 10 Ways Stock Compensation Can Make You Happier

Stock compensation, if fully appreciated and understood, can improve happiness. Based on the author's own observations, the 10 points in this article show how.
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Selected FAQs

Termination

NEW! What are the top 10 questions related to job termination that I should ask about my stock options, restricted stock/RSUs, or ESPP participation?

To protect your outstanding grants and prevent problems when you leave your job, you should know the answers to the following questions...
Hiring

What guidelines do employers use to determine how many stock options or restricted shares to grant? This is premium content

Guidelines about grant sizes vary among industries and corporate peer groups. Most companies...
Hiring

How much are my options worth at grant? This is premium content

Stock options often cannot be exercised until they are vested, and then they are profitable only after...
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Hiring

What should I do if I feel that I have been granted too few options and/or RSUs? This is premium content

If you are convinced that you have been treated unfairly, speak to the...
Hiring

Is it better to be granted nonqualified stock options (NQSOs) or incentive stock options (ISOs)?

First, you may be eligible to receive only NQSOs, so read the FAQs on the requirements of ISOs...
Hiring

Can I find out how many options or RSUs have been granted to others in my company? This is premium content

Usually companies keep this information private...
Hiring

How are the dates of stock grants set, and when are grants made? This is premium content

Amid concerns about the backdating and springloading of stock options, companies have tightened their procedures for approving stock grants and their timing. After grants are properly approved, companies are now...
Hiring

Can my employer give me a choice of stock options, restricted stock, or cash? This is premium content

Your company's flexibility depends on economic conditions, the stage of its development, trends in your industry, and the limitations in the company's stock plans. Any choice offered can depend on whether it is a negotiated grant at hire, an alternative to a cash bonus, or a new approach for your company's equity grants. Employee-choice programs are a nascent trend, with companies such as...
Hiring

Does service with a previous employer ever count toward vesting? This is premium content

Not usually. An exception would occur if your...
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