February 28, 2017
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has long delayed the Dodd-Frank law’s requirement that public companies disclose the ratio of their CEO’s pay to the pay of their median worker. It would be outrageous to further delay or reverse progress on that rule now.
Americans need and deserve more information about corporate pay practices. Such data helps shareholders guard their pocketbooks against self-seeking executives and it helps us all evaluate the long-term soundness of companies. That’s because excessive compensation at the top encourages risky practices up and down the line—in addition to inhibiting teamwork and reducing employee morale and productivity.
There is simply no excuse to give big corporations a pass about being transparent about their pay practices.
Large corporations CEOs should be required to disclose this information. If there is nothing to hide, there is no reason not to. Is the problem they don't want employees to know how much they are being taken advantage of? Are they ashamed of their immoral practices? Gotta say, that is probably the least likely reason. They know no shame.