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SEC Approves FINRA Rule Regarding Investigation and Verification of Registration Applicants

After seeking comments last fall, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) proposed rule governing member firms’ verification and investigation...more

Russian Legislation Update - 2 – 15 March 2015

In This Issue: - Civil Code Reform: contracts and obligations - New Development Bank BRICS - Employment/Foreign Citizens - Securities: bondholders; information disclosure - Excerpt from New Development Bank...more

Massachusetts Unveils Limited Amnesty Program

Beginning March 16, 2015, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue is offering an aptly described “limited” amnesty program for taxpayers with certain tax liabilities. Technical Information Release 15-2....more

Another 10 Wrong Ideas That Plan Sponsors Have About Their Retirement Plans

Most of the time, sequels suck. Except for perhaps Terminator 2 and The Godfather Part II, most sequels are like such bombs as Caddyshack II and Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. Despite this dislike of sequels, giving Plan...more

Companies Should Monitor Deferred Compensation Arrangements For Section 409A Compliance Purposes

Given the complexity of the rules under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, which govern the timing and taxation of payments made under non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements (NDCAs), companies are encouraged...more

The Top 10 Wrong Ideas That Plan Sponsors Have About Their Retirement Plans

People can get the wrong idea at times. I’ll never understand what Fred Silverman was thinking when he made Jean Doumanian the successor to Lorne Michaels as Executive Producer of Saturday Night Live or when he imported Pink...more

Blog: Senate Bill Introduced To Raise Rule 701 Disclosure Threshold

Senators Pat Toomey (R., PA) and Mark Warner (D., VA) have introduced Senate Bill 576, the ‘‘Encouraging Employee Ownership Act.’’ The bill would require the SEC, within 60 days after enactment, to raise the threshold in...more

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

It's difficult to discern “trends” from reactions to date on proxy access proposals, but here are some data points: Three companies, including two on the NY Comptroller’s 75-company target list have adopted...more

ISS Releases Four Sets of FAQs, Glass Lewis Provides an Update, and FASB and IASB Make Certain Decisions Relevant to Equity...

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass Lewis have both released updates to their policies that outline how they will form recommendations to shareholders on how they should vote on governance,...more

Sentencing of CEO Highlights Importance of a Good "Tone at the Top"

Highlighting the peril of unethical business leadership, a judge recently sentenced the former CEO of a bankrupt cash-management firm to 14 years in prison for defrauding more than 70 customers of more than $665 million...more

Human Emotional Mistakes A Retirement Plan Provider Should Avoid

We are all human unless someone of us are cyborgs sent by Cyberdyne Systems in the future. Seriously, humans are controlled by emotions and everyone knows that after going through their teenage years. Human emotion can make...more

SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

It’s The Plan Sponsor’s Responsibility, Just Because

I have been a fan of Sesame Street since I was a child and again as an adult when my children were younger. It’s a brilliant show that has educated millions of kids in the past 45 years. One of the great events in Sesame...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: SEC Proposes Disclosure Rules on Director and Employee Hedging

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its rules and forms, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), that would require SEC reporting...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Disclosure of Hedging by Employees, Officers, and Directors

Boards of Directors of companies subject to the federal proxy rules should take note of proposed rules released by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 9, 2015 that would enhance corporate disclosure of...more

SEC Proposes New Rule Requiring Disclosure of Equity Hedging Policies

On February 9, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed a long-awaited rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that would require public companies to disclose certain...more

U.S. Announces Goods and Services Eligible for Import

On February 13, 2015, the U.S. State Department issued new regulations regarding goods and services eligible for export from Cuba to the United States. The new regulations open a new chapter in U.S.–Cuba trade relations that...more

Reasons When Plan Sponsors Should Change Their Plan Providers

People are afraid of change and sometimes; change can be a good thing. Change for the sake of change isn’t a good idea and there are times when change is absolutely necessary. This article is about when it’s probably a good...more

SEC Proposes Disclosure Rule for Company Hedging Policies

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed a rule to enhance disclosure of company hedging policies for directors, officers and other employees. This proposal would implement Section 955 of...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

On February 9, 2015, the SEC proposed rules that would require domestic public companies to disclose in proxy and information statements whether the company permits any of its directors or employees (including officers) to...more

SEC Proposes New Rules on Hedging Disclosures

On February 9, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules that would require disclosure of policies permitting or prohibiting hedging by directors, officers and other employees to hedge or offset...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Hedging Disclosure

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently released proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), which calls for disclosure of whether...more

What Retirement Plan Sponsors Have To Fear

In his inauguration speech, Franklin Delano Roosevelt said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Retirement plan sponsors have more to fear than fear itself except the problem is that they’re unaware that they...more

Marketing and Management Tips For Retirement Plan Providers

I have been very lucky in my career. It has nothing to do with intelligence or good looks or being pushed by the right people. I‘ve been lucky because I’ve been able to reinvent myself and some- times turn lemons into...more

Small Steps That Plan Sponsors Can Take To Limit Their Fiduciary Liability

When it comes to our health, small preventative steps can help us avoid greater harm to our health later down the line. We have been told of the great health benefits of taking baby aspirin for heart health and how we can...more

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