Compliance

Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory... more +
Compliance programs typically refer to formalized institutional procedures within corporations and organizations to detect, prevent and respond to indvidual and widespread instances of regulatory violations.  In response to many corporate scandals evidencing rampant unethical business practices, many nations, including the United States, began passing strict regulatory frameworks aimed at curbing these abuses. Notable pieces of legislation in this area include the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), and the U.K. Bribery Act, to name a few. The foregoing statutes and the severe penalties often associated with them form the basis of many modern institutional compliance programs. less -
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Upcoming Ontario Ministry Of Labour Blitzes

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has announced several upcoming blitzes during which it will ensure that employers in specified industries are compliant with particular areas of concern under the Employment Standards Act, 2000...more

Implementing Compliance Incentives In Your Company

Several readers have asked why I have not written anything about the Houston Astros this year. The answer is two-fold. The first is that I really do not care. However, the more I thought about it, the real reason is that they...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding Communications with the Public and Gifts, Gratuities and Non-Cash Compensation

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued Regulatory Notice 14-14 and Regulatory Notice 14-15 announcing that it will initiate a review of certain of its rules to ensure that its rules remain relevant and...more

Employers Must Be Prepared for I-9 and E-Verify Inspections - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Inspection of Forms I-9...

Has ICE Been Busy in 2013? What to Expect if You Get a Notice of Inspection - On November 6, 1986, the Immigration Reform and Control Act required employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of their...more

Mind the Gap: Obama Takes New Executive Action on Pay Equity in the Workplace

Last week President Obama continued his administration’s push to tackle pay equity issues by taking executive action to put federal contractors’ compensation practices under greater scrutiny. On April 8, 2014, the President...more

The Louisiana Purchase And Compliance Focus Group – Changing The Game

In 1803, the fate of the United States changed in ways that could have never been contemplated, when the French Minister Talleyrand offered to sell France’s entire Louisiana Territory in North America to stunned American...more

Why Printing Policies and Procedures From Your Compliance Policy Certification System is A Very Bad Idea

Talking to our clients is one of the things I like most about my position in Product Marketing at The Network. It’s important that we take our clients’ needs into account when planning future enhancements of our software...more

Implications of U.S. Sanctions Program on Intellectual Property Owners

To advance U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, the U.S. maintains laws and regulations that impose economic sanctions against certain countries, individuals, and entities (the "U.S. Sanctions Program"). 31...more

Free HIPAA Help

Health care providers, health plans, business associates, and other entities affected by the federal HIPAA privacy and security regulations are quickly running out of excuses for not having a robust HIPAA compliance program...more

Federal Contracts: President Obama’s Executive Action Regarding Equal Pay

On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, President Obama took two executive actions, designed (in the White House’s words) “to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws.” The “Fact Sheet” on the White...more

Ethics and Compliance WIND - April 2014

Ethics and Compliance WIND is your Weekly Industry News Digest for all things compliance. We bring you the latest industry news, so you spend more time staying up-to-date and less time searching....more

The Headache of Plan Loans

They often say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I don’t know who said it first (I heard it was originated with St. Bernard, the saint, not the dog), but perhaps they were a 401(k) plan sponsor that had a...more

CMS Identifies Key Priorities for 2014 Compliance Reviews of Qualified Health Plans in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace

At a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") teleconference titled "Compliance Reviews in the Federally-Facilitated Marketplace" ("FFM"), which was held on April 10, 2014, CMS representatives discussed the agency's...more

SEC Offers Guidance On Use of Social Media Commentary by Investment Advisers

On March 28, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Division of Investment Management, issued guidance that clarifies when it is permissible for an investment adviser or an investment adviser representative...more

OIG Issues Report on Limited Compliance with Medicare’s Face-to-Face Requirement for Home Health Services

On April 9, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Office of Evaluation and Inspections (OEI) issued a report (OEI-01-12-00390) entitled “Limited Compliance With...more

SEC Issues New and Revised Guidance on Intrastate Crowdfunding

On April 10, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued one revised and two new compliance and disclosure interpretations (“C&DIs”) regarding crowdfunding and Rule...more

SEC Orders Show Importance of Complying with Whistleblower Program Rules

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the SEC recently denied two individuals’ applications for whistleblower awards because they had not met the requirements of the SEC Whistleblower Program rules. In the first case, an...more

To Be a Criminal, You Have to Act Like a Criminal

Lawyers, compliance professionals and senior management at companies can be obsessive when it comes to the threat of criminal liability. Please do not get me wrong, I am not minimizing the risk of criminal prosecution, nor I...more

Memorable, Affordable, Powerful: The Benefits of Using Short Form Compliance Training

Sometimes, short is not only sweet—it’s powerful. Burst learning is an approach to ethics and compliance training that utilizes engaging five-to seven-minute videos to accomplish any number of an organization’s training...more

Do Your Qualified Retirement Plans Recognize Same-Sex Spouses as of June 26, 2013?

The IRS has published Notice 2014-19 and related FAQs regarding the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor and Rev. Ruling 2013-17 to qualified retirement plans. All retirement plans should be...more

Polsinelli Podcast - The State of Bank Deals in 2014 [Video]

The banking industry is on a rebound. There is a shift in the industry and a general feeling that there will need to be an increase in the size of banks in order to afford the increased costs in technology and compliance with...more

Anti-Corruption Issues Spotlighted at the IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference April 10, 2014

The perception of corruption in Latin America is a stigma that the counties are working to overcome. It’s no surprise that “Greasing Palms-Current Regulatory and Enforcement Trends in Anti-Corruption in Latin America” was a...more

Charles Duross: FCPA reform, DOJ trials and the revolving door

What matters were you particularly proud to have been involved in during your time at the DoJ? I’m proud of all of it but I think there are probably a couple of specific matters that stand out in my mind. The first...more

The Volcker Rule’s Trojan Horse for Smaller Banking Entities

The final rules recently enacted to implement the Volcker Rule (‘‘the Final Rules’’) impose on the largest banking entities a highly detailed and complex compliance regime. As to those so-called ‘‘less active banking...more

Investment Advisers to Plans May Be Required to Deliver "Disclosure Guide" Under ERISA

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (the DOL) issued a proposed amendment (the Proposed Amendment) to its final regulations (the Final Regulations) under Section 408(b)(2) of ERISA (commonly referred to as the...more

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