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South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

How the DOL’s Impartial Conduct Standard Affects Exemptions Used by Financial Services Companies

In conjunction with its issuance in April 2016 of a new regulation redefining the concept of “investment advice” for purposes of fiduciary status under ERISA and Section 4975 of the Code, the Department of Labor amended a...more

Few Give Their Policy Management Systems Passing Grades

This article originally appeared on TLNT. The days of organizations conducting policy management through spreadsheets, email and generic document-sharing platforms aren’t over yet. But they probably should be. Originally...more

Ethics and Incentive Compensation: A Ticking Time Bomb

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was reported that “some drug-industry watchers say Mylan’s incentives may have played a role in its steep price increases for the EpiPen.” The article addressed one-time awards for...more

Could the NLRB Make it Easier for Unions to Access Employers’ Financial Records?

Many practitioners at one time or another have been frustrated by the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) regarding union requests for employer financial...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

New Nasdaq Rule Requires Disclosure of Third Party Compensation of Directors and Nominees

Effective August 1, 2016, companies listed on Nasdaq are subject to a new rule requiring annual disclosure of the material terms of agreements or arrangements between directors or director nominees and third parties that...more

E&C Training: Signs of Progress, But Challenges Remain

Ethics and compliance training is taking many positive strides, with companies focused on building ethical cultures and preventing crises before they happen. But there’s still a distance to go, as well, amid persistent budget...more

Changes to Transferring Employment Contracts in France After the 8 August Law - Des transferts de contrats de travail: les apports...

When a service provider in a market changes, employment contracts may be transferred from the previous to the new owner to avoid dismissing employees who work at the site, however, whatever the legal vehicle by which the...more

Update: Another SEC Enforcement Action on Whistleblower Waivers and Releases

Summary - Earlier this month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts...more

SEC Targets Employment Agreements Requiring Waiver of Whistleblower Awards

The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower continues to examine employee severance, settlement and confidentiality agreements for language that might chill reporting of securities violations to the SEC and other regulators. The...more

5 Things Compliance Executives Need their Boards to Know

Boards of directors (or their delegated committees) typically allocate very little time to oversight of an organization’s ethics and compliance program during their packed board agendas. It is not at all unusual for the top...more

How Ricoh USA, Inc. Reaped the Benefits of Expanded Hotline Reporting

Today's post features guest author Jami Segota, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Employment Law from Ricoh USA, Inc. Learn how Ricoh turned their ethics and compliance program into a powerful cross-departmental...more

SEC Enforcement Expands Scope of Prohibited Provisions in Employment-Related Agreements

Summary - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its second significant enforcement action against an employer based on confidentiality and release provisions that the SEC asserts will discourage...more

6 Organisational Culture Warning Signs You Can’t Afford to Ignore

In a new white paper, Robert Smith, Director, Compliance & Ethics, Serco Group Plc shares a detailed account of the organisation’s journey from scandal back to cultural health—and lessons any organisation can learn from their...more

Blurred Lines: Under New “Perfectly Clear” Standard, NLRB Finds that Seller’s Conduct Prohibits Asset Purchaser from Setting...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In yet another pro-union, results-driven decision, the NLRB announces a new approach to evaluating whether an asset purchaser has forfeited its right to set initial terms and conditions when offering...more

Case Note: The Underfunded Union Pension Plan and Asset Purchase Agreements

In a decision handed down by the Seventh Circuit on June 24, 2016, the court warned that a lack of familiarity with the concept of withdrawal liability cannot be used by a buyer of business assets as an excuse to avoid...more

My Organization's Code of Conduct is Good - How Can I Make It Great?

Too long. Too complicated. Too dense. Sound familiar? If your code of conduct isn’t a document you’re proud to share with your employees, customers, board and C-suite—or if your organization has recently had a big change...more

Technology companies: Are your employment policies due for a reboot?

At any particular time, a technology company may devote all of its time and attention to an urgent development project, an investor pitch or closing a round of financing. Those activities certainly make for good press and...more

SEC Approves Nasdaq’s Proposed Rule on Third Party Payments to Directors and Director Nominees – The “Golden Leash” Disclosure

On July 1, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) approved, on an accelerated basis, proposed amendments to the listing rules of The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq”) to require Nasdaq-listed companies to...more

As National Whistleblower Day Approaches, It’s Time to Reconsider the Term “Whistleblower”

July 30 marks the 238th anniversary of passage of the first congressional protections for whistleblowers in the United States. As they have done in recent years, officials in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the anniversary...more

Employers Wrestling with Discrimination, Workplace Violence and Third Party Vendor Issues, Survey Shows

The winds of social change, the threat of violence in the workplace, and shifting regulations governing workers and third parties are all weighing heavily on employers’ minds. That’s according to a survey of more than 800...more

Preview of NAVEX Global’s 2016 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Survey Findings

In recent years, ethics and compliance training programs have become part of the fabric most of the world’s successful organizations. With that in mind, our third Benchmark Training Report, set for release on July 27, seeks...more

Using Information on Human Rights Impacts to Drive Social Performance

New legislative requirements and stakeholder concerns have driven many companies to implement systems to identify and address the potential human rights impacts of their operations. Companies increasingly realize the...more

Food Giants Prepare for Battle Over Trade Secret Misappropriation

On July 19, 2016, the "You Pick Two®"-famous Panera Bread filed a lawsuit in St. Louis against Papa John's, claiming that the international pizza company hired away a Panera IT executive who is misappropriating trade secrets....more

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