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Millionaires’ numbers keep rising at Stewart’s Shops

Stewart's Shops said Tuesday it distributed an additional Employee Stock Ownership Plan dividend to its participating employees. The amount represents 4.5 percent of employees' ESOP balance at the end of 2019. The company said the employees, which it calls Partners, can either take the dividend as a cash payout or roll it over into their

How to end workplace inequality: Give the working class ownership in your company

The police killing of George Floyd has brought new awareness of systemic racism. Business leaders serious about ending racism need to look beyond forming a diversity, equity and inclusion committee or adding black faces to the C-suite. They must dive into the heart of racial capitalism and shake up the ownership structure of their business. Anti-racist business

Employee Stock Ownership Plans and Their Effect on Productivity: The Case of Huawei

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are utilized by many successful companies across the world. This case study describes Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications equipment company, which heavily utilizes ESOP ownership, and applies Huawei’s results to describe ESOPs as a powerful tool for achieving corporate efficiency and growth. Using and analysis of Huawei’s annual reports, we argue

Coronavirus concerns for ESOPs and ESOP auditors

The coronavirus pandemic has presented new challenges to virtually every company and individual in every discipline in the current economy. Employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and their plan sponsors — as well as auditors of the plans — certainly will have new issues to consider as a result of the pandemic. Today most ESOP companies

Rethinking the Social Safety Net

Here are four specific suggestions on things to re-design in the American economy to better serve the middle class without becoming a welfare state: Make education more useful for future middle-class workers. Change how curricula is developed in every state to include active participation from the business community. Currently, this is largely the province of

CARES Act Provisions of Related ESOP-Owned Companies

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law a massive $2 trillion stimulus bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act or the Act), aimed at shoring up the U.S. economy in light of the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to the widely discussed individual stimulus payments,

Using employee stock ownership plans to empower workers and boost growth

An employee stock ownership plan, or ESOP, could be the key to unlocking a stronger workplace culture and improving your bottom line. Employee ownership may sound like a novel idea, but it’s a concept that’s been around for decades. The legal groundwork for today’s ESOPs was first laid within the 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security

When Should an Employer Consider an ESOP?

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) are popular both with owners looking for ways to increase employee engagement and involvement and with employees seeking to have some ownership in and benefit from the work they do beyond their salaries. For business owners, considering implementing an ESOP is one of many options they consider when looking at

Toward an Economic Democracy

The most fundamental tragedy of the coronavirus crisis is human. It is lives being lost. Somewhere close behind is the feeling of desperation shared by working people. In an economy where it is estimated that 50 percent of the labor force survives from paycheck to paycheck, we are facing an economic crisis of unprecedented proportions

How Boston Is Becoming the City Where Workers Rule

It’s debate watch party night at Democracy Brewing in February, and as presidential candidates take the stage to sports-star hype introductions, the politics fans at this European-style beer hall are getting rowdy, like Patriots fans when Tom Brady takes the field. The biggest cheers come from two waiters when they see Bernie Sanders—the candidate who

Business bests: Employee stock ownership plans explained

There are a lot of myths and mysteries that surround employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and some of these misconceptions can scare landscape company owners away from considering this business option. Make no mistake, some ESOP structures are complex, but they don’t have to be intimidating. Here are the basics of what an ESOP is, its benefits

Building Workers’ Wealth in Cities and States

Every year, millions of Americans benefit from employee ownership and broad-based profit-sharing plans that ensure workers receive a share of the wealth that they help create. These programs—which reward workers based on a company’s collective performance rather than workers’ individual performance—help raise wages and boost wealth among American workers. Moreover, research shows that broad-based sharing

France is making start-up friendly reforms to lure tech talent and take on Silicon Valley

French President Emmanuel Macron will announce plans to reform the country’s rules on employee stock options. Such compensation schemes give employees the chance to acquire a slice of the company they work for. It comes after 500 European start-up founders warned of a “brain drain” of the best and brightest in Europe. France is bringing in new rules

Top 10 Ideas That Show Business Roundtable CEOs How To Create Value For All Stakeholders

We are in the process of putting into practice a new social contract between business and society. The most recent evidence is the Business Roundtable’s August announcement that 181 CEOs of America’s largest companies were committed “to lead for the benefit of all stakeholders.” As I wrote with my fellow co-founders of the B Corp movement: “While it

6 Ways CEOs Can Prove They Care About More Than Shareholder Value

Somewhere, Milton Friedman must be spinning. Whatever they thought they were doing, the 181 CEOs who signed the Business Roundtable’s breakthrough statement on the purpose of corporations embraced a much wider interpretation of corporate responsibility—signalling the beginning of the end for the shareholder primacy cult. The pressure on business leaders to declare and deliver against a wider social

Election 2020 and Taxes — A Better Way To Address Wealth Inequality

The drums sound as to income and wealth inequality as an issue for the 2020 Democratic Presidential primaries.  The loudest voices calling for increasing taxes on owners, investors and entrepreneurs – with a view that raising taxes on high-end income families is a good in of itself. All this jawing on hiking taxes on owners/investors/entrepreneurs

Who’s the boss? In worker-owned cooperatives, everyone is.

The chain of command at PV Squared, a solar panel installation company in Massachusetts’s Pioneer Valley, is admittedly convoluted.  “Technically, I’m Kim’s boss,” says general manager Jonathan Gregory of bookkeeper Kim Pinkham. But “Kim’s on the board, and the board oversees my position, so technically she’s my boss.” As members of a worker-owned cooperative, the

The workers have become the owners at this Bangor construction company

As Scott Dunbar and Alan Brawn eyed retirement in recent years, they had to make some serious decisions about the Bangor construction company they started 16 years ago. They could sell Dunbar and Brawn Construction to a competitor. They could simply close the doors of their headquarters on Hildreth Street and sell off the property.

Young employees want stock plan benefits

Workplace flexibility and financial security like student debt repayment programs are some of the benefits Generation Z and millennials value the most — but employers who want to impress millennial workers should also consider equity compensation. Younger employees view stock plan benefits differently than older generations. More than half of employees under age 35 (57%)

Business ServicesESOPs Offer Advantages to Sellers, Buyers, Employees

Are Employee Stock Ownership Plans the key to sustainable business in the Mahoning Valley?  As privately held business owners approach their 60s and 70s, a looming question before them is how to transition into retirement, while ensuring that their life’s work in businesses they built from the ground up continue to grow. Many local businesses