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CalPERS Claims Success; Proxy Monitor Says CalPERS Success Leads To Lower Stock Prices

“Fair is Foul, and Foul is Fair” - In this press release issued last week, CalPERS congratulated itself on the “success” of its proxy voting initiatives:...more

Offering Employee Equity Has Become Much Easier for Australian Start-Ups

From 1 July 2015 the way in which options granted by any company to its employees in Australia will be taxed has changed, but the main winners under the new tax rules are those Australian companies that qualify for the...more

Toshiba Scandal Underscores the Importance of a Speak-Up Culture

In what’s being called the most damaging event in the company’s 140-year history, Toshiba admitted this week to overstating its operating profit by $1.22 billion during the past several years. This staggering figure and...more

Regulators Issue Final Dodd-Frank Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Covered Entities in the Financial...

On June 9, 2015, six federal agencies (“Agencies”) subject to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (“Act”) issued much-anticipated joint final standards (“Final Standards”) in accordance with...more

Proposed IRS Regulations Simplify Section 83(b) Filing Requirements

As explained in a prior blog post, an employee who timely files a Section 83(b) election will be taxed on the fair market value of property transferred (typically restricted stock) to him or her in exchange for services on...more

Seven Ways to Put Our 2015 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Report Findings To Work For You

NAVEX Global’s benchmarking reports are trusted by ethics and compliance officers around the world to help ensure best-in-class compliance program performance. The latest in our series, the 2015 Ethics & Compliance Benchmark...more

SEC Announces Third-Largest Dodd-Frank Bounty Award

Whistleblowers continue to reap extraordinary awards under Dodd-Frank’s “bounty” program in exchange for bringing the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “original” information that leads to a successful enforcement...more

Popular Wage & Hour Reads on JD Supra

A mixed bag of popular 'Wage & Hour' reads on JD Supra for the first three weeks of July, 2015....more

The Modern Slavery Act: What You Need To Know

The Modern Slavery Act was passed in March 2015. When section 54 of the Act comes into force, large businesses will be required to report annually on their efforts to ensure the business and its supply chains are free of...more

Managing Reputation Risk Through Ethics & Compliance Processes

Reputational risk is quickly climbing the ethics and compliance priority list. Companies are devoting huge amounts of resources to building up their reputations, but very few protect it as a risk factor despite the...more

If You Have Confidential Information, Keep It Confidential!

I’ve been involved in many cases where it is alleged that someone violated his or her non-compete agreement or misappropriated the company’s confidential information or trade secrets. Often, the key issue has been not what...more

Breaking Down Compliance: The Keys to Creating a Successful Compliance Program—As Told through the Letters of COMPLIANCE

Still being a young role and profession, many people are working to define what makes a successful compliance professional and program, and what can help them improve. After traveling the country for the past few months at...more

Good Bets by a 401(k) Plan Sponsor to Avoid Liability

I don’t gamble because I don’t like to lose and that’s a big problem about gambling because people do lose. I stopped playing Powerball and Mega Millions. The last time I ever bet on a sport was betting a friend $10 on the...more

Popular Whistleblower Reads on JD Supra

A recap of popular whistleblower-focused posts on JD Supra, July, 2015....more

Could Your Employees Be Eligible for FMLA Leave on Their First Day of Work? The Answer Could Be Yes

It would be easy for employers to assume that they need not worry about an employee’s eligibility for Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave until at least one year has passed since the employee began working for the...more

The Claws Are Out – SEC Proposes Clawback Regulations Under Dodd-Frank

Five years after the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has issued the last of its proposed rules to implement the...more

Recent Decision Sheds Light on the ERISA Definition of a Top Hat Plan and the Absence of Detailed Guidance

The “top hat plan” exception to full ERISA coverage of an employee benefit plan is the very foundation of executive deferred compensation. The exception provides that “a plan which is unfunded and is maintained by an...more

Anti Bribery Compliance Tactics Learned Behind Bars | 6 Ways to Protect Your Front-Line Employees from Temptation (Part 3)

“Bribery is a crime of opportunity,” says Matt Ellis, author of How to Pay a Bribe. Two parties in the right place at the right time could convince themselves that the benefits of any deal far outweigh the risks and...more

SEC Proposes Rules on Clawback Policies

What you need to know: On July 1, 2015, the SEC proposed rules, provided for as part of the Dodd-Frank Act, that will require companies listed on US stock exchanges to adopt, enforce and disclose policies with respect to...more

Corporate Espionage is Real

Last month the country learned about the unauthorized access of the Houston Astros “Ground Control” database, which contained trade talks, proprietary statistics, and scouting reports, by members of the St. Louis Cardinals...more

Compliance Stats Mashup: These Recent Statistics Show That Compliance Programs Still Have a Lot of Room for Improvement

With so many studies and surveys giving us a picture of the compliance and ethics landscape it can be hard to find time to read them all (trust me). I’ve spent some time recently digging through some of this research and...more

Summary of SEC's Proposed Rule on Executive Compensation Clawbacks

The Dodd-Frank Act required the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules that direct national securities exchanges (such as the NYSE and NASDAQ) to require listed companies to implement and disclose their...more

Preview of NAVEX Global’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Survey Findings

While most ethics and compliance officers work hard to keep their training programs effective, they struggle to find answers to many questions, including: - How well is my training program adapting to the needs of an...more

SEC Proposes Rules Mandating Executive Compensation “Clawback” Policies

On July 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) proposed new rules that would mandate U.S. stock exchanges to establish and enforce standards requiring listed companies to adopt compensation recovery...more

The SEC’s Unconvincing Case Against Indemnification

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rules take a hard line against issuers indemnifying executives against clawbacks: We believe that indemnification arrangements may not be used to avoid or nullify the recovery...more

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