Bali Kumar

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Bali Kumar is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group. Bali assists with representation of senior executives, compensation committees, companies and other entities on a range of executive compensation matters.

Prior to law school, Bali attended the London School of Economics where he earned a Masters of Science in International Employment Relations & Human Resources Management. Bali worked as an Executive Compensation Consultant for several years at Deloitte LLP where he advised on benchmarking total compensation packages, investor relations, compensation disclosure, and other corporate governance issues with regards to compensation strategy.

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On October 23, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California largely denied a motion to dismiss a whistleblower retaliation claim brought by a company’s former general counsel, ruling that: (i) the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (“SOX”) and Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provisions provide for individual liability against board members; and (ii) the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provision protects internal whistleblowers (i.e., a whistleblower who did not complain to the SEC).  Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.,…
On October 23, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California largely denied a motion to dismiss a whistleblower retaliation claim brought by a company’s former general counsel, ruling that:  (I) the SOX and Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provisions provide for individual liability against board members; and (ii) the Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation provision protects internal whistleblowers.  Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 144468 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 23, 2015).…
The latest legislative session has just ended, and, true to form, the California Legislature has added more than a dozen new laws affecting employers doing business in the nation’s largest state.  These statutes are in addition to the other six new laws that we reported on in September: Signed legislation: Sick Leave: Accrual And Limitations Language Clarified (AB 304) Employers Prohibited From Using E-Verify For Purposes Not Specified Under Federal Law (AB 622) Modifications To…
General:  The SEC recently released final pay ratio rules, which can be found here. As a new Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, these rules codify the Dodd-Frank requirement for companies to disclose: The median annual total compensation of all employees, excluding the Principal Executive Officer (“PEO”), The annual total compensation of the PEO, and The ratio of (i) and (ii). The rules provide that this pay ratio must be expressed in a way that…
Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor decision that repealed Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex spouses were not recognized as spouses for federal tax and benefits purposes.  In the immediate aftermath of Windsor, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17, which stated the IRS position that, for federal tax purposes, the term “spouse” now includes legally married same-sex couples regardless of whether their state of residence permits…