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Conflict Minerals Rule and Pay Ratio Rule… Are Changes Forthcoming?

Conflict Minerals Rule - Acting SEC Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a statement on January 31, 2017 directing the SEC staff to reconsider whether the 2014 Guidance is still appropriate and whether any additional...more

SEC/SRO Update: New Governance Focus—Director Compensation; The Time Is Now... Check Your Severance Agreements

The corporate governance focus has traditionally been on executive compensation, rather than on director compensation. Compensation Discussion and Analysis and executive compensation tables in proxy statements, say-on-pay...more

Time to Review Your Severance Agreements

In August 2016, the SEC issued cease-and-desist orders against two different companies for using severance agreements which required exiting employees to waive their ability to obtain monetary awards under the SEC’s...more

Beware of Confidentiality Agreements with Employees; Make Sure They Don’t Stifle Whistleblowing

On April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for utilizing language in a confidentiality agreement which could discourage whistleblowing....more

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission, as required by Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Act, issued proposed rules requiring enhanced proxy disclosure of a company’s hedging policies for its directors,...more

Broker-Dealers Ignoring Red Flags Lead to SEC Releases and Enforcement Action

In October 2014, the SEC’s Division of Trading & Markets issued FAQs to remind broker-dealers of their obligation to conduct a reasonable inquiry when selling securities in an unregistered transaction in reliance on Section...more

New Revenue Recognition Standard Adopted

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) issued jointly written revenue recognition standards on May 28, 2014. The new guidance standardizes how companies...more

6/18/2014  /  FASB , GAAP , IFRS , Revenue

SEC Issues Partial Stay of Conflict Minerals Rule

On Friday, the SEC issued an official order staying the effective date for compliance with the portions of the conflict mineral rules that would require issuers to make statements that the United States Court of Appeals for...more

SEC Issues Statement Regarding the Status of the Conflict Minerals Rule

Today the SEC issued a Statement on the Effect of the Recent Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule. (See our earlier blogs regarding the conflict minerals rule and the legal challenge thereto). Form SD...more

Conflict Minerals…the Legal Saga Continues…

Yesterday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its opinion on the conflict minerals legal challenge. The ruling rejected a number of the petitioner’s arguments, but agreed with the...more

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