No curb on executive pay on 0.5% ESOP stake

No curb on executive pay on 0.5% ESOP stake

New Delhi: Executives’ remuneration will not face any government restrictions now if they hold a stake of up to 0.5% in their company by way of shares allotted to them under ESOP or related schemes.

Accordingly, the remuneration to such companies would not require the central government approval, the MCA said.

As per the provisions of the Companies Act, firms making losses or having inadequate profit cannot pay their employees a remuneration exceeding 4 lakh per month without the central government’s approval, if such executives hold any shares of the company.

This restriction also applies to remuneration of those employees who are related to directors or promoters of the company.

However, a number of representations were made to the ministry from various stakeholders, “pointing to the corporate practice of allocating shares by way of qualification shares and/or shares under any scheme for allotment of shares to the employees of the company including under ESOP," the MCA said.

Consequently, the ministry has clarified that any employee holding shares up to 0.5% of stake in the company under any scheme formulated for allotment of shares to employees, including ESOPs, will not be considered as having any interest in the capital of the company. PTI

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