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Levi Strauss and Auditing of Third Parties

Today we celebrate innovation. On this day in 1873, a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets was granted. This marked the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: the blue jeans. Jacob Davis, a...more

Tax Due Diligence and Self-Checks of Tax Liabilities

A buyer who orders a tax due diligence review before acquiring a company wants to get information not only about the tax risks that may exist for that company, but also about its existing tax assets (both those assets that...more

OCR Launches Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program with Pre-Audit Screening Surveys

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) covered entities have reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently sent pre-audit screening surveys...more

The data protection sweep day on apps and websites addressed to children occurred on Tuesday!

On Tuesday, the Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, the “Italian DPA”) announced that, 28 privacy authorities across the world, members of the Global Privacy Enforcement Network,...more

SEC Files Fraud Action Centered on Student Loans

Student loans, and the debt burdening many students at graduation, is an important political topic. It is not generally a subject for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Nevertheless, at the center of is most recent...more

Expect MDOR Audit Delays After the July 4, 2015 Holiday

Governor Charlie Baker’s recent plan to trim the number of Massachusetts employees was recently signed into law. According to published reports, more than half of all employees at the Massachusetts Department of Revenue are...more

Third Party Risk Management

There is something in a name. More people in the compliance industry, when referring to third-party due diligence, are labeling it “Third Party Risk Management.” I like it because it is more accurate....more

The California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: New Guidance and Increased Enforcement Efforts

The State of California has recently stepped up enforcement of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, which went into effect on January 1, 2012. The California Department of Justice has also issued new guidance on...more

Blog: PCAOB Publishes New “Audit Committee Dialogue”

The PCAOB has announced the publication of a new paper designed to address audit committees. The paper, Audit Committee Dialogue, provides insights from inspections of public company auditors that should assist audit...more

Be Mindful of Historical Usage When Licensing Microsoft Products Under SPLA

For many companies, Microsoft's SPLA is a good fit, in that it incorporates a monthly reporting mechanism, rather than an up-front license purchase, and allows hosting providers to float their usage up or down as demand for...more

Polsinelli Podcast - The Climate for I9 Audits in 2015 [Video]

Employers are required by law to verify an employee's identity and authorization to work in the United States by completing a Form I-9. This responsibility should be taken seriously as companies can face fines for paperwork...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #2

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - DoD, GSA, and NASA Issue Final Rule to Amend FAR: Equal Employment and Affirmative Action for Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities - The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services...more

Delays Continue for OCR’s 2015 HIPAA Audits

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) continues to delay implementation of Phase 2 of its HIPAA Audit Program (“Phase 2”), which will build on OCR’s pilot audit program that concluded in...more

Minimizing Risk Under the Clean Water Act

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act — more commonly known as the Clean Water Act — establishes a stringent regulatory and permitting regime governing the discharge of pollutants into rivers, streams, wetlands, and other...more

The Missing Link in Third Party Due Diligence

It is one thing to screen a third-party at the on boarding process; it is quite another to build out an entire due diligence system that screens at renewal of a third-party relationship, monitors third-party activity and...more

FDIC OIG Publishes Results of Audit of Personally Identifiable Information in Owned Real Estate Properties

On April 28, the FDIC’s Office of the Inspector General published a report – The FDIC’s Controls for Identifying, Securing, and Disposing of Personally Identifiable Information in Owned Real Estate Properties – regarding its...more

HIPAA “Phase 2” Audits: Are You Ready?

The Civil Rights Office of the Department of Health and Human Services announced a “Phase 2” audit program in the Fall of 2014. That audit program was delayed due to funding issues, but appears to be back on schedule for...more

2015 Phase Two HIPAA Audits – Delayed Again

Recently, the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) confirmed that OCR is still working to finalize the procedures for “Phase Two” HIPAA audits. OCR had initially planned to...more

Implementing an Effective Third Party “Audit” Program

Explore new approaches to third party audits for a more effective, risk-aligned third party risk management program.    Compliance officers have been insisting on (and should continue to insist on) including third party...more

Unclaimed Property Audit Primer for Broker-Dealers

Background - The same State Treasurers and contingency-fee unclaimed property auditors that focused on the life insurance industry are now turning their attention to broker-dealers. Sutherland has been actively...more

Court Finds No Spoliation after Deletion of Emails during Routine Audit (Missouri)

Gladue v. Saint Francis Medical Center, 2015 WL 1359091 (E.D. Mo. Mar. 24, 2015). In this employment case, the plaintiff sought sanctions for the spoliation of deleted emails. After the plaintiff had been terminated from...more

Maryland Offers Attractive Amnesty Program – Even for Taxpayers Under Audit!

Starting September 1, 2015, the Comptroller of Maryland (Comptroller) will offer qualifying taxpayers that failed to file or pay certain taxes an opportunity to remit tax under very attractive penalty and interest terms. The...more

Implementing an Effective Third Party “Audit” Program

We all have our favorite episodes and scenes from the Seinfeld series. As we grow older, we like to reference them more and more – maybe because it reminds us of your “youth” (looking back, my 30s were certainly younger than...more

New York State Attorney General Issues Guidance on the Audit Oversight Provisions of the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of...

The New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau recently issued guidance on one of the key provisions of the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”). That guidance, titled Audit Committees and the...more

"Temple-Inland Sheds Light on Delaware’s Use of Estimations in Unclaimed Property Audits"

As noted in prior mailings on this topic, all 50 states require companies to comply with broad and often complex unclaimed property laws that mandate annual reporting. Unclaimed property is generally defined as tangible or...more

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