SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Rule 14a-8 Calling for Board Involvement in Evaluating Shareholder Proposals

This paper examines a legal bulletin issued by the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in November 2017 that provides significant new guidance to SEC-reporting companies on the application of the "ordinary business" and "economic relevance" exceptions in Rule 14a-8 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Rule 14a-8 governs an SEC-reporting company's obligation to include shareholder proposals in its proxy materials for a shareholder meeting.

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