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Funds Talk: May 2017 - Securitization Rules Offer Differing Definitions of ‘U.S. Person’

With the long-awaited U.S. rules requiring a level of risk retention in securitizations recently going into effect, an added wrinkle has been created by a slight difference in how “U.S. person” is defined in different...more

CY 2018 Medicare Advantage Final Call Letter

The most recent MA Call Letter, “Announcement of Calendar Year (CY) 2018 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Medicare Advantage and Part D Payment Policies and Final Call Letter and Request for Information” (Call Letter)...more

Financial Regulatory Agenda for 2017 and onwards

by DLA Piper on

We bring to you the Financial Regulatory Agenda for 2017 and onwards in the Netherlands and in Europe. Download and keep up to date with the most important dates. Please see full Calendar below for more information....more

OFCCP Announces New Veteran Hiring Benchmark

The OFCCP has announced its 2017 Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark. The new benchmark is 6.7%, slightly lower than the previous year’s 6.9% benchmark...more

Code of Conduct Week: Part III – Design of Your Code of Conduct

by Thomas Fox on

Today I continue my Code of Conduct exploration with Eric Morehead, Principal of Morehead Compliance Consulting. After having reviewed the legal requirement and business purpose in Part I, the structure and form of your Code...more

Hiring Benchmark For Protected Veterans Is Reduced Again

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs announced that the annual hiring benchmark under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act has been lowered from 6.9 percent to 6.7 percent. This percentage...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017

Price Protection Is Price Protection Is Price Protection – Unless It’s FCM Activity Says CFTC: Davisco Foods International, Inc., an international cheese and food ingredient company headquartered in Le Sueur, Minnesota,...more

OFCCP Announces 2017 Veterans Hiring Benchmark for Federal Contractors

by Littler on

On March 31, 2017, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) updated its Annual Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Benchmark Database to reflect a new hiring...more

Veteran Hiring Benchmark Reduced – Again

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OFCCP has released its revised VEVRAA hiring benchmark for 2017. The agency has lowered the benchmark to 6.7 percent, down from the previous 6.9 percent mark....more

For the First Time Since 2011 Case Closure Time for Employee Hotline Reports Is Down

by NAVEX Global on

Case closure times on employee hotline reports improved last year—one of the most promising findings in NAVEX Global’s 2017 Hotline Benchmark Report. The four-day drop in median closure time indicated in the 2016 report halts...more

The Empire (State) Strikes Back: Six Highlights of New York’s New Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS)’s finalized Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (“regulations”), went into effect on March 1, 2017. NYDFS has provided a 6 month safe harbor to...more

Why You Shouldn’t Relax on Pretaliation—Even if Policymakers Do

by NAVEX Global on

About two years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made history when it brought the first “pretaliation” whistleblower enforcement action against KBR Inc., a technology and engineering firm in Houston. The...more

UK Regulator Publishes Proposals on Pillar 2A Capital Framework

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Prudential Regulation Authority launched a consultation on proposed changes to the Pillar 2A capital framework. The Pillar 2A framework is effectively a layer of regulatory capital beyond standard requirements based on...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

RBS has agreed to pay $85 million to the CFTC to resolve allegations that its traders “manipulated the ISDAfix benchmark rate over a period of five years to benefit the bank’s derivatives positions”....more

Our Approach to Culture Assessments

by NAVEX Global on

In order for a business conduct and compliance programme to be successful, it must be firmly rooted and supported by company values that are reflected in a strong corporate culture. But even in the best companies, subcultures...more

2016 Global Cartel Enforcement Report

by Morgan Lewis on

Authorities launched new criminal probes, obtained guilty pleas from companies and executives and imposed hefty fines as aggressive enforcement continued. Several significant developments occurred in cartel enforcement...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 1 - January 2017

by DLA Piper on

As we enter our sixth year of publication, I am reminded of the old curse (or is it a blessing?), “may you live in interesting times.” Before our next edition is published, a new President will be seated in the Oval Office...more

International Organization of Securities Commission Publishes Final Report on Benchmark Regulation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The International Organization of Securities Commission published its final Report outlining Guidance on reporting in compliance with its Principles for Financial Benchmarks. The purpose of the Guidance is to increase the...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017

Jon Corzine Agrees to US $5 Million Fine and Registration Ban to Settle CFTC Charges Related to Collapse of MF Global; Edith O’Brien to Pay US $500,000: Jon Corzine agreed to resolve charges brought by the Commodity Futures...more

Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions and Recommendations for 2017

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Once again it’s time for our annual review of trends and events that will impact your Ethics and Compliance (E&C) program in the year ahead. This year presents a unique challenge. We are preparing our predictions...more

What does business success look like for leading employers?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Working with many of Australia’s leading employers has given us strong insights into the planning and habits of the leaders of high performing organisations. It is virtually an absolute that these organisations have a...more

U.S. Treasury’s Benchmark TIC SHC Survey and Implications for Investment Managers

by Dechert LLP on

TIC SHC is a mandatory benchmark study commissioned by the Treasury and administered by the FRBNY every five years.3 The survey reviews holdings of foreign portfolio securities – including short- and long-term securities and...more

ISS Announces 2017 Benchmark Policy Updates

ISS has announced its 2017 policy changes. Some key changes for the U.S. are discussed below. Restrictions on Binding Shareholder Proposals. ISS has adopted a new policy when shareholders do not have the ability to...more

Renewable Energy Update - November 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - New solar, wind competitive leasing program to start for U.S. public lands - Renewable Energy World - Nov 15 - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finalized a rule that...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2016

by King & Spalding on

CMS Releases 2017 Final Rule For ESRD Prospective Payment System – On October 28, 2016, CMS released the final rule for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ERSD) Prospective Payment System (PPS) that updates and makes revisions to...more

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