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SEC Enforcement Gives Employers a Strong Incentive to Clarify That Their Confidentiality Agreements Do Not Preclude Reporting...

The Securities and Exchange Commission? (“SEC”) has resolved its first enforcement action regarding a potentially overreaching confidentiality agreement following the “voluntary” revision of the agreement to state that it...more

Practical Advice for Compliance with Recent Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Regulations

The recent amendments to the Section 162(m) regulations largely follow the changes set forth in the proposed regulations issued in 2011, clarifying two exceptions from the Section 162(m) tax deductibility limit...more

Federal agencies attack employment agreements, and what you can do about it: 8 steps to consider

The US Securities and Exchange Commission recently caused shockwaves when it announced its first enforcement action against a company for using an allegedly improper confidentiality agreement during internal investigations....more

2015 Federal Budget Provisions Affecting Pensions and Other Retirement Savings Plans

In its discussion of proposals to enhance investment in infrastructure, the federal government stated that it will undertake a public consultation on the usefulness of the rule in Schedule III to the federal Pension Benefits...more

CalPERS Board Member Contests Attorney General’s Conflicts Position

Last December, I wrote about J.J. Jelincic, a long-term CalPERS employee who was elected for a four-year term to the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (aka CalPERS). Following Mr....more

SEC Awards More Than One Million Dollars to Compliance Officer

On April 22, 2015, the SEC announced an award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million to a compliance officer who provided original information to the SEC that led to the successful enforcement of a covered action. Exchange...more

IRS Publishes Final Regulations Under Section 162(m)

On March 31, 2015, final regulations of Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) were published. The final regulations clarify exceptions to the US$1 million annual limit on deductions allowable to publicly held corporations for...more

Goal? Identify Rogue Employees Before They Misbehave. Means? Computer Algorithm. Impact? TBD...

In an attempt to weed out bad actors before they act, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is implementing a computer surveillance program to identify potential problem employees. Here's a legal perspective on the initiative from Keith...more

IRS Addresses Interaction of Performance Compensation and $1M Compensation Deduction Cap

The IRS recently issued final regulations under Section 162(m), which limits a public company’s deduction of executive compensation in excess of $1M.  The Section 162(m) limits do not apply to performance-based compensation...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

IT companies in São Paulo State: act by April 30 to open mandatory profit-sharing negotiations

The current collective bargaining agreement applicable to IT companies based in São Paulo, signed on January 30, 2015 (CBA), includes an obligation for employers to send a request to the workers' union to open negotiations to...more

The Worthlessness Of The 401(k) Fiduciary Warranty

I am a firm believer in the idea that what you see is what you should get. If you’re promised the moon, anything short of that is wrong. Some of the biggest disappointments in my life is when I was sold a bill of goods that...more

Blog: Efforts To Reform Executive Compensation Follow The Law Of Unintended Consequences

Remember how “say on pay” was supposed to put the lid on soaring executive pay? And just how has that turned out? According to a study conducted by ISS affiliates, (reported in Compliance Week ) the average compensation...more

IRS Releases Clarifying 162(m) Regulations

The IRS recently released final regulations clarifying two aspects of the “performance-based compensation” exception to the $1,000,000 limit on deductible compensation paid to covered employees under Section 162(m) of the...more

Executive Compensation Alert: IRS Releases Final Section 162(m) Regulations

Background - Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) denies a tax deduction to a public company if the compensation paid to its chief executive officer and three other highest compensated officers...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2015 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Small Entity Compliance Guide - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)...more

A Phantom Menace for IPO Companies - US Tax Regulations Restrict the Use of Restricted Stock Units

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 162(m)”) provides for a $1 million dollar limitation on the amount of compensation paid to each of certain named executive officers that public companies may deduct in any...more

Tech Industry Bulletin

In this Issue: - Corporate: Negotiating Strategies for the Sale of Technology Companies - Intellectual Property: Crowdfunding and Confidentiality for Tech Start-Ups - Real Estate: An Introduction to...more

Seller of Business is Special Circumstance That Justified Termination Following Expiration of Contract

When a small business is sold, the purchaser often agrees to hire the former owner. The buyer wants to retain the seller’s expertise and experience, and the salary paid to the seller can make up part of the purchase price....more

There’s a Cost For Those “Free” SEP and SIMPLE IRA Plans

There is no such thing as a free lunch. There is no such thing as free advice. The more years I spend in the retirement plan business; I know that there is no such thing as a free retirement plan. When I speak of “free”...more

SEC Targets Confidentiality Agreements That Stifle Whistle-Blowing

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its first enforcement action and settlement against a company for violations of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2015

We knew someone would do this for us if we just waited long enough. A summary of early trends in proxy access responses suggests most are including the shareholder proposal and recommending a no vote. See here. Only a single...more

House Bill 58, Alabama Jobs Act, Gives State Jobs Tax Credit and Capital Investment Credit

HB58, one of five bills that constitute what has been described as the most significant overhaul of Alabama economic development since Mercedes-Benz came to the state, became law on Friday, April 3 (effective July 2). The...more

Final 162(M) Rules Have A Surprise For Newly Public Companies

The final Section 162(m) regulations issued by the IRS last week have a small but welcome surprise for companies that have recently become public....more

Labor and Employment Issues Relating to Sale/Purchase/Acquisition

Organizations face a myriad of challenges during corporate restructuring relating to sale, purchase, or acquisition. To ensure compliance with applicable state, federal, and local laws, companies involved in such transitions...more

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