The Forgotten Participant: Non-Qualified ESPPs for Your Essential Workers​


Essential workers such as grocery store, warehouse, and food-service workers are on the front lines of today’s COVID-19 pandemic; people who do not have the luxury to work from home. While there has been discussion and some limited action by companies around providing premium or hazard pay in the short-term, there has been little to no discussion around long-term solutions to compensate these workers fairly once we are out of this crisis. In The Forgotten Participant, Robyn Shutak and Elizabeth Stoudt discuss the flexibility of nonqualified ESPPs as a solution for all companies to truly motivate, retain, attract, and engage essential workers, often overlooked when designing equity programs.

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