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Your Friday Recap - This Week's Popular Reads on JD Supra

It's what facial recognition technology, blockchain, social media, cybersecurity, Zika, and OSHA have in common, don't you know....more

How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Can Improve Their Plan At Little Cost

There are many ways that a retirement plan sponsor can improve their 401(k) plan, but they usually balk when it comes to the time and the money needed to rectify it. With so many issues regarding their business especially the...more

Fight, Flee, or Freeze: What’s Your Leadership Response Style?

Fear of the unknown, conflict, failure and change are all commonly experienced as the emotion of anxiety. In a professional setting, these emotions may translate into avoidance behaviors or defense mechanisms that may cloud...more

Concerns For Who You Pick As Your 401(k)’s TPA

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for a third party administrator (TPA). It gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney working...more

What 401(k) Plan Sponsors Shouldn’t Forget

It’s easy to forget things. Heck, half of the things my wife tells me to do is forgotten by the afternoon. My wife often suggests that I keep a list of things I need to do so I don’t forget. Of course, I forget to keep lists....more

CFPB Presents Significant New Regulatory Requirements for Third-Party Debt Collectors

On July 28, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released an outline of proposals and alternatives under consideration for regulating debt collection practices. The outline’s release triggers the formation of...more

Moving Companies Forward: How Michelle Wilson Applies Her Expertise in Growth Companies to Her Role on the Board

Michelle Wilson knows growth. As senior vice president and general counsel for Amazon from 1999-2012, she helped guide the company through 13 years of growth. She currently serves on the boards of directors for Zendesk, Okta,...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors: Please Read This Article!

You’re a 401(k) plan sponsor and we understand that you’re busy running a business and talking about retirement plan issues is as exciting as watching paint dry. The problem is that paint drying won’t expose you to liability,...more

The Great Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz), Co-Founder of Apple, Talks Inspiration with @HsuUntied

Today, my guest is Steve (“Woz”) Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs in 1976. A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades,Woz has been involved in various business and philanthropic...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 12

In this episode, Jay Rosen and myself take a look at the line drawn from the Yates Memo to the hiring of Hui Chen, to the Pilot Program, the 3 enforcement actions since then and conclude that FCPA enforcement is changing. Jay reviews what companies need to consider in their investigation protocols in light of this new enforcement era. We also shout out to Dan Chapman the new CCO at Vimpelcom and Pat Stokes who recently announced a move to Gibson Dunn. I explain how Harry Potter informs your whistleblower program.more

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How To Have A Good 401(k) Plan After The Long Run

I’m a big fan of The Eagles and one of my favorite songs is the title track “The Long Run.” “You can go the distance. We'll find out in the long run.” While the song is really about love and relationships, I like it because it speaks to me about being a challenge on how people’s actions can be reviewed over the long run. For a retirement plan sponsor, the nature of maintaining a retirement plan is all about the long run because it’s a long process in serving as a fiduciary and holding the retirement assets of their employees. So this article is about how a plan sponsor can go the distance over the long run and avoid the liability pitfalls along the way.more

How Retirement Plan Providers Can Deal With The Fiduciary Rule Change

At its prime, Blockbuster Video had 9,000 stores and was actually bought by Viacom in 1994 for $8.4 billion. Then some things called DVDs, Netflix, Redbox, and digital delivery caused Blockbuster to go out of business. Blockbuster couldn’t change with the changing times. Change can be an opportunity as long as it’s taken advantage of. As a retirement plan provider, the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new fiduciary rule is an opportunity. Take advantage of the new rule or the rule will take advantage of your business. This article is about how retirement plan providers can take advantage of the new fiduciary rule.more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 262-the Brexit Edition, with Jonathan Armstrong

In this special Brexit episode, I visit with UK lawyer Jonathan Armstrong about the potential impacts of the British exit from the EU for the FCPA compliance practitioner around issues relating to data privacy and data transfer in internal investigations. more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new guide for business lawyers from the International Bar Association that seeks to promote implementation of the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; the public release of Know the Chain’s first report benchmarking technology companies on efforts to address forced labor in their supply chains; and a major expression of investor support for the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 8

In this episode, Roy Snell and I continue to explore issues around the compliance profession and compliance professionals. more

Don’t Use Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA

I’ve been writing articles for the past 6 years and the ones that are remembered the most are the ones about how it’s a bad idea for plan sponsors to use payroll providers as the third party administrators (TPAs) of their 401(k) plans. There has been much change in the retirement plan business over the last 6 years including law changes, fee disclosure, and a new definition of fiduciary rule. What hasn’t changed is that it’s still a bad idea to use your payroll provider as a TPA.more

How to Communicate and Understand Retirement Plan Sponsors

Being a retirement plan provider isn’t just about selling services, it’s really about selling yourself and you can’t sell yourself properly if you can’t communicate with clients and potential plan clients. This article is about communicating and understanding plan sponsors to help you grow your business as a retirement plan provider.more

[Webinar] Ethics - Confidentiality Issues Re: Attorney Client Privilege and Information - June 8th, 12:00pm CT

Confusion surrounds the attorney-client privilege. Many think they have it when they do not and even if they do, they fail to appreciate how easy it is to lose. In either case, not enough attention is paid to the possibility that the privilege may be unavailable. This presentation will address some common issues regarding the creation and retention of the privilege that arise for In-House Counsel.more

PRACTICING WITHOUT A NET: Protecting Your Firm By Agreement

Attorneys come to us when contemplating the creation or expansion of their firms, when they want to leave their firm, or are dealing with the fallout of another member leaving. While many law firms have taken advantage of the protections of a limited liability entity, attorneys are not always aware of the risks involved when the members of the firm do not enter into an agreement or enter into an incomplete or “boiler plate” agreement in forming those entities, risks that sadly only come to light when embroiled in a dispute between the membersmore

[Event] CLE for In-House Counsel - A 2016 Update on Current Issues Relating to Your Business - June 2nd, Chicago, Ill

Please join us for a complimentary CLE seminar on current issues affecting your business. Taught by leading practitioners at Locke Lord, the seminar offers three hours of CLE credit, including one hour of Professional Responsibility/Ethics credit (pending).more

3 Unexpected Insights on Building Your Second Startup: Q&A with Marissa Evans

Audio and text excerpt from episode 7 of The Control Room, with Sawyer co-founder Marissa Evans.more

Building a Company: Rolie Polie Guacamole and Flyering in Brooklyn

In Episode 7 of The Control Room, Sawyer co-founder Marissa Evans shows us:  - What you worry about as a second-time founder (and why it's more straightforward the second time around); - What happens when your users are really into Rolie Polie Guacamole; and - What improv comedy has to do with starting a companymore

Be Careful How, And With Whom, You Associate

Attorney associations are valuable means to reduce overhead and expenses, and provide support for sole practitioners. However, casually creating an association can give rise to issues, including increased exposure to vicarious liability and State Bar probes.more

How My 'WTF' Moment Sparked a Petition for Gender Equality

Companies that aim to improve and shape society can’t do so unless they reflect society.more

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