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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New DOL FMLA Branch Chief: Expect Even More On-Site FMLA Investigations And Focus On Systemic FMLA Compliance Issues

This past December, the Department of Labor quietly turned its FMLA enforcement over to a new leader. After the retirement of FMLA Branch Chief Diane Dawson, who led the DOL’s FMLA enforcement for several years, the DOL...more

The NLRB's 2014 Initiatives

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB or Board) General Counsel, Richard Griffin, issued a memorandum (GCM 14-01) in late February to the Board’s Regional Directors highlighting legal issues the Regions are required to...more

Gifts, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA – Part III

Now that we have reviewed all of the public record pronouncements from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), this post will try and suggest what you might need in your Foreign Corrupt...more

Delaware Case Continues High Scrutiny of Investment Bankers in Mergers and Acquisitions

In a decision on March 7, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery found RBC Capital Markets, LLC liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation in connection with...more

The SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative: Carrot for Issuers & Underwriters, Stick for Individuals

It’s no secret that the SEC is stepping up its enforcement efforts in the estimated $3.7 trillion municipal securities market. In 2012, the Commission published a 165-page report calling for Congress to give it more authority...more

Annapolis Internal Medicine to Pay $22,500 to Settle EEOC Pregnancy Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Medical Practice Fired Receptionist Who Complained About Pregnancy Discrimination, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Annapolis Internal Medicine, a large Annapolis-based internal medicine practice, will pay $22,500...more

Homeland Security Targets Employers’ Immigration Compliance

Investigations and audits of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agents are on the rise, and the Obama administration is promising to keep the heat on employers in the coming year. ...more

Gifts, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA – Part II

A. Opinion Releases - 1. Gifts - In the early 1980s the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued three Opinion Releases related to gifts under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While these Opinion Releases are...more

The High Cost of Noncompliance

A consent judgment reached stemming from an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour division into Cleveland employer Citywide Protection Services, Inc.’s payment practices serves as a reminder of the...more

Appointment Of Independent Directors On The Eve Of Bankruptcy: Why The Growing Trend? Examining Delaware Corporate Governance...

Here, we discuss the corporate governance implications corporate fiduciaries are confronted with when the corporation is operating in the zone of insolvency and when the company is actually insolvent. We also discuss some of...more

Gifts, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA – Part I

One of the first thing that many companies will try to put in place is a gifts, entertainment and travel policy when looking at an overall compliance program. I find the reality to be that not only is this one of the more...more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 36: Hacking the Affordable Care Act’s $100/Day Penalties for...

Particularly with the issuance of final regulations under the Affordable Care Act’s employer shared responsibility rules, employers have been concerned—justifiably—with the pay-or-play penalties. ...more

The Fines They Are A-Changin’: New Regulations Herald Increased Fines For California Hospitals

As of April 1, 2014, California hospitals are subject to a significantly increased risk of being fined when state authorities find deficiencies in their compliance with licensing requirements and other health care-related...more

Six Reasons You Can’t Rely on SharePoint to Manage Policies in Your Compliance Management System

Sharepoint is a beast in the world of enterprise document management. As of late 2012, SharePoint was a $2 billion source of revenue for Microsoft, and Microsoft claimed that over 60% of enterprises use it. ...more

Nursery Rhymes, A Chinese Proverb, The HP FCPA Enforcement And The Myth Of The Rogue Employee

As my friend and colleague Jay Rosen is want to remind us, he continually learns much about compliance and ethics from his Kindergarten-aged daughters. I submit that you need only look to children’s nursery rhymes in the...more

Sifting Through The Ukraine Economic Sanctions

It is odd how a foreign crisis can have a dramatic impact on the world of ethics and compliance. Foreign policy headaches turn into compliance nightmares when the United States becomes embroiled in foreign events....more

Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2014

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. Anti-corruption enforcement crosses boundaries like no other, so keeping up to date is more important than ever. In this digest, we draw together news of...more

Efficient, Nimble, Defensible: More Benefits of Using Short Form Compliance Training

In our first post on burst learning, we covered five key benefits of using burst learning, an approach to ethics and compliance training that utilizes engaging five-to seven-minute products to accomplish any number of an...more

New Law Allows Mining Operators to Remedy Compliance Issues and Retain AB 3098 List Status

Mining companies are subject to myriad requirements under the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) and implementing regulations that can trip up even the most diligent of operators from time to time. When a potential...more

Post Traumatic Settlement Disorder

The rigor and stress of an extensive corporate internal investigation is over. You’ve helped your client determine the scope of wrong-doing, take actions against wrong-doers, calculate the damages/amount of the fraud, fix...more

Mitigating Bribery Risks With Financial Controls

Anti-corruption compliance is not as hard as it looks. In fact, by taking a step back, compliance professionals can gain insights. At the direction of compliance professionals, companies like to develop and adopt...more

OSHA Update: Aggressive OSHA Enforcement and "OSHA Jail"

OSHA has proposed its budget for fiscal year 2015 and there are already many contentious positions being taken regarding what had been hailed as overly aggressive enforcement positions by OSHA. Examples of overzealous...more

When Is An Internal Investigation Not Privileged?

Compliance programs have grown in importance along with the demands of new laws and regulations. These programs are increasingly seen as vital to preventing corporate misconduct or, at least, mitigating sanctions if...more

Top Ten Steps to Fast Tracking Your Bank’s Political Activity Compliance Plan

In today’s political climate, smart banks take a proactive approach to educating officers, employees and board members about political activity compliance. Just as a bank’s code of conduct addresses sexual harassment, privacy...more

Tales From The Crypt - Rule No. 7 - Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Ed. Note-I inadvertently ran Tale From The Crypt, Rule No. 8 out of order, so today we present Rule No. 7, which reminds us that Mom was right, actions do speak louder than words... This Tale from our Crypt reminds us...more

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