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November 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Hostess Brands Inc., in the midst of winding down its business, won approval Thursday from a federal bankruptcy judge to give as much as $1.75 million in bonuses to its executives. The money is intended as an incentive for 19 top-level managers to remain with the Twinkies and Ding Dongs maker to oversee its liquidation. The payouts will be granted only if managers "achieve a set of specific tasks and goals within a specified time frame that are designed to speed and lower the cost of the wind-down," Hostess spokesman Lance Ignon said.
August 10, 2001 | Reuters
Nike Inc., the world's top maker of athletic shoes and apparel, cut in half the annual bonus of Chairman Philip Knight as the firm's stock price slipped and rival Reebok International Ltd. picked up market share during the last year. Knight, 63, received a $663,000 bonus for the fiscal year, compared with $1.33 million in 2000, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The bonuses of other top executives at Nike also were cut, according to the filing. Beaverton, Ore.
March 28, 2001 | Edmund Sanders
AOL Time Warner Chief Executive Gerald M. Levin was paid a $10-million bonus last year, largely for successfully pulling off the company's $95-billion merger, according to financial statements filed Tuesday. The bonus, up 11% from the previous year, was on top of Levin's $1-million base salary. AOL Time Warner Chairman Stephen M. Case got a $1.1-million bonus on top of his $725,000 salary.
August 30, 1991 | BILL BOYARSKY
Gloria Molina began slicing up Los Angeles County Administrative Officer Richard Dixon at Tuesday's supervisorial meeting about an hour before lunch. At first, the newest Los Angeles County supervisor used her knife on the veteran chief fiscal officer in a deceptively slow manner, poking around, deciding where to cut, as if she were preparing to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.
Embarrassed by disclosures that financially strapped Los Angeles County paid $3 million in employee bonuses last year, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday moved to suspend the controversial pay program. The decision came after Supervisor Gloria Molina delivered an unusual public scolding of Chief Administrative Officer Richard B. Dixon for failing to inform her of the "generous" bonus program when supervisors were forced to cut services because of budget problems last month.
January 10, 1998 | Washington Post
The Securities and Exchange Commission, which is losing experienced lawyers and accountants to high-paying private-sector jobs, has proposed offering some of its most essential employees "retention allowances" of as much as $25,000 to entice them to stay a while longer. The SEC would like to start awarding these bonuses based on a modest scale of about 10% to 20% of total salary. An experienced trial lawyer, for example, can make a salary of $99,000 a year.
May 22, 2011 | By Gretchen Meier, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has ordered the city of Burbank to release data on bonuses paid to individual employees, saying the taxpayers' right to know exceeded any workplace privacy concerns. Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones ruled Friday in a lawsuit filed by the Burbank Leader after city officials refused to make individual bonuses public. Jones cited legal precedent, telling the parties that previous court rulings "basically said, 'Man up, public employees.
December 11, 2009 | By Walter Hamilton and Martin Zimmerman
Facing persistent criticism of its huge pay packages, investment banking powerhouse Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said Thursday that it would buck long-standing Wall Street tradition and pay no year-end cash bonuses to 30 top executives. Instead, the firm will give those employees bonuses made up entirely of Goldman Sachs stock and will bar them from selling the shares for five years. The company also said it would give shareholders a formal voice regarding executive pay. By implementing a number of compensation reforms that Wall Street critics have long championed, Goldman is acting to discourage its employees from taking excessive financial risks.
Teacher Scott Haddad is about to get a check from the state for $3,300--and he's none too pleased about it. The way Haddad sees it, he should be getting $5,000, part of the big-money rewards finally heading to schools with huge test-score gains. But because the Los Angeles teachers union refused to negotiate the amounts of the big bonuses, as set out in a law, the money is being distributed essentially by seniority at low-performing schools that showed marked improvement.
July 9, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Foreign affairs The international signing period got off to a torrid start when the Texas Rangers signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Nomar Mazara to a record-breaking deal reported to be worth more than $5 million. That would be the largest bonus paid to a non-Cuban Latin prospect, eclipsing the $4.25 million that Oakland gave right-hander Michael Ynoa in 2008 — and it's more than 27 teams paid for all of their international signings last year. Texas also spent $3.5 million to sign 16-year-old outfielder Roland Guzman out of the Dominican Prospect League, meaning the Rangers shelled out more to sign two teenage free agents than they spent in the 50-round June draft last season.
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