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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Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

SEC commissioner weighs in on regulatory process and capital formation

SEC Commissioner Daniel Gallagher urged the commission on Wednesday to fulfill its mandate to promote capital formation. The SEC should institutionalize an enhanced small business focus, Gallagher said in his prepared...more

The EEOC has been a busy bee this week. (It stings!)

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been on a tear recently, suing employers right and left, and getting some “wins” including a couple of big settlements . . ....more

When Bribery Pays, People Bribe

As Alison Taylor (Senior Managing Director, Control Risks) stated in a recent Forbes Article, “Compliance and Risk: Clearing the Org Chart Hurdle, “the traditional preventative approach to risk management is proving...more

Company Liability for Insider Stock Ownership Reports

Earlier this month, the SEC announced charges against six public companies for contributing to their insiders’ failure to properly file Form 4s or for violating the Item 405 proxy disclosure requirements for late insider...more

Internal Controls, COSO and FCPA Compliance: Interview with Henry Mixon

Ed. Note-today I continue my interviews of thought leaders in the compliance space. Today I visit with Henry Mixon, a noted internal controls expert. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Birmingham...more

A Reminder of the Importance of Internal Controls Under SOX

On July 30, 2014, the SEC announced charges against the CEO and the former CFO of a computer equipment company based in Florida for misrepresenting the state of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting and...more

Immigration Violations Cost Resort Chain $2.5M – What Is Your Compliance Exposure?

In This Issue: - Timeline - Exposure and Liability - What Should Employers Take Away from This? - For More Information - About Polsinelli’s Immigration Practice - Excerpt from...more

GSK Convicted – We are really, really sorry we paid bribes (and got caught)

“GSK plc sincerely apologies to the Chinese patients, doctors and hospitals, and the Chinese Government and the Chinese people.” With those words, the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) PLC was...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 91, Internal Controls for Third Parties Under the FCPA, Part II [Video]

In this episode, I continue my exploration of internal controls around third parties in a FCPA compliance program, with Henry Mixon. ...more

OSHA Announces Final Rule On Recording Requirements

On September 11, 2014, OSHA released its final rule for Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements. The rule, which takes effect on January 1, 2015, makes two important changes that tighten OSHA’s...more

New Laws Affecting California Employers: Anti-Harassment Protections for Unpaid Interns, Anti-Bullying Training for Managers, and...

California employers need to be aware of three important employment laws that were recently enacted. Effective immediately, California’s existing discrimination and harassment laws have been extended to unpaid interns....more

How To Identify The 14 Red Flags Of Ethical Misconduct & Mitigate Them With Your Compliance Training Program: Part 1

This week I had the pleasure to attend SCCE’s 14th Annual Compliance & Ethics Institute in Chicago. The first session I attended was led by Carolyn S. Egbert, Owner and Founder of Creative Solutions for Executives. Her...more

Mishandling Medical Records Turns Into an $800,000 HIPAA-Compliance Mistake

A non-profit healthcare company agreed to pay $800,000 as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for allegedly mishandling 71 boxes of medical records in violation of the privacy rule...more

Two Whistleblower Cases Show Major Contrast of How Cases Can Result

A couple of recent whistleblower cases that have received national attention show the large divide that still exists in the way that these cases can progress. The first case saw the SEC award a whistleblower $400,000 for...more

The Research Is In: Busy People Are Less Compliant

Demanding work environments are common today. But new research has identified a previously hidden cost to pressure-filled organizations, says Gretchen Gavett of the Harvard Business Review: “neglecting those secondary tasks...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission continued with broken windows this week. Twenty Rule 105 short selling cases were filed in a group. Last week another group of broken window type cases was filed based on the failure to file Form 4s and...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar (RCC)

This monthly publication provides information on compliance deadlines, regulatory developments, and other developments in federal, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire environmental and land use laws. NEW REGULATORY...more

Popular Frauds - protect your organization

One Fraud... Two Fraud... Three Fraud... No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny due to fraud. Fraud costs organizations more if it's...more

Bribery at the “Sharp End.” Lessons from the field.

To many, an understanding of corruption, bribery and compliance comes from the field of regulators, auditors, investigators and attorneys. Each one of these practices brings an important perspective and set of compliance...more

CFPB to hold Oct. 8 forum on checking account screening policies and practices

The CFPB has announced that it will hold a forum on checking account screening policies and practices in Washington, D.C. on October 8, 2014. ...more

Larger Rewards For Wall Street Whistleblowers May Be On The Horizon

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration will seek to remove the $1.6 million cap on rewards to whistleblowers who provide evidence of criminal conduct by financial executives under the 1989 Financial...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - September 2014

In This Issue: The CFTC provided long-awaited exemptive relief for commodity pool operators that wish to offer their funds in private offerings using general solicitation under Rule 506(c) of the SEC’s Regulation D. ...more

SEC Continues Its “Strict Liability” Enforcement Campaigns, Focusing on Filing Failures and Rule 105 Violations

Nearly five years ago, the SEC launched an extensive "crackdown" on violations of Rule 105 of Regulation M, which prohibits short selling securities and then participating in secondary offerings of the same securities within...more

AIFMD: Additional Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) Data Request by FCA

On August 22, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) contacted a number of firms that had previously submitted to the FCA an earlier version of the required AIF schedule as part of their FCA application, to request that...more

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