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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MSRB Proposes Revised Duties for Municipal Advisors

The MSRB proposed a Revised Draft of Rule G-42 (“Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors”) by Reg. Not. 2014-12 issued July 23, 2014. We addressed the original proposal in our January 23 blog post. The Revised Draft...more

Is Anti-Corruption a Business or Legal Issue?

On June 5, 2014, Philippe Montigny, President of Ethic Intelligence (www.ethic-intelligence.com) asks exactly that question in an editorial. My own perspective of compliance remains much along the lines of those such as Mr....more

A Conference on Law and Corporate Social Responsibility

International Bar Association Conference on Law and Corporate Social ResponsibilityIt used to be that the links between corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) and the law were not so clear. Practitioners in the field were...more

Four Important Steps to Promote A Speak Up Culture

Companies spend a lot of time and effort promoting a “Speak Up” culture. Even before the SEC’s whistleblower program, senior managers recognized that they needed to know what is occurring in the company. The only way to learn...more

CEO, CFO Named in SEC Actions For Concealing Control Problems

The co-founders of a Florida based computer company were named as Respondents in SEC administrative proceedings. The actions centers on significant internal control difficulties regarding the inventory which, rather than...more

SEC Finalizes Partial Framework for the Cross-Border Application of its Derivatives Regulations

The SEC Final Rule is the SEC’s first major step toward implementing its final regulatory regime under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. On June 25, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a final...more

How to Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships

In this presentation: - Teaming - Subcontracting - Joint Ventures - Q&A - Excerpt from Teaming: Once partners are selected, prepare and sign a Teaming Agreement: - What...more

SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Accredited Investor Tests and Verification of Accredited Investors for Rule 506(c) Offerings

The staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance added to its Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations posted on the SEC website new Questions 255.48-255.49 and 260.35-260.38 which address (1) elements of the...more

Going Paperless? Legal Guidelines & Tips for a Paperless HR Department

In today’s high-tech business environment, it is commonplace for employers to digitize personnel documents. Maintaining these documents in electronic form has obvious benefits, including ease of accessibility and storage...more

Know What You Don’t Know: New EU AML Directive Requires Stringent Third Party & Customer Due Diligence

Over the past couple of years, the European Commission has been working on updating its nine-year-old Third EU Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Directive to accommodate new international standards and to address previous...more

'Tis the Season for Government Contracts: Five Key Compliance Issues for Retailers Selling to the Government

As retailers move closer to the end of the government fiscal year in September, ’tis the season for receiving government contracts. Federal agency budget authority for discretionary spending generally mandates that agencies...more

Disclosure Reform

Yesterday, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a half-day session on “Corporate Disclosure Reform: Ensuring a Balanced System that Informs and Protects Investors and Capital...more

Recent OCR Reports Illustrate Past and Future Compliance and Enforcement Efforts

Daily news stories about data breaches and enforcement actions seem to be the new norm, so it’s no surprise that people may start to believe that hackers have won the war and that no personal health information is safe. But...more

Stacking the Deck: SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

The SEC has a real perception problem. They cannot win in court. Whether this is fair or not, the SEC needs to move beyond this fear of losing since it only undermines the integrity of its enforcement program....more

Must an Employer Modify its Leave of Absence Policy to Ensure Compliance with the ADA?

When is modification of a no-fault or inflexible leave of absence policy required as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has taken the...more

Rationalizing Bribery: Corruption Has No Witness.

This is part three of my four part series on how I "Rationalized Bribery." It addresses the reality that there are usually no witnesses to overseas discussions involving an actual or potentially corrupt transaction....more

Draft Forms Released for the Affordable Care Act's Health Coverage Reporting Requirements

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes new reporting requirements on employers and insurance companies offering health coverage. Last week, the IRS released drafts of the four forms that will be used by employers and insurers...more

CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements

On November 18, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission adopted rules modifying its ownership and control reporting requirements. Specifically, the CFTC adopted (i) a new Form 71 to collect information regarding omnibus...more

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part II

This one is tough, especially in global organizations. In many countries, you simply cannot run a background check, as criminal records are not public. In others, you can run them, but the criminal offense must be related to...more

CCO Reporting to Board: Five Best Practices

Chief Compliance Officers need the support of their Board of Directors. The relationship between the CCO and the head of the Audit/Compliance Committee sends an important message to senior management and the entire company on...more

SEC Settlement: The FCPA Risks of Entering New Markets

Entering into new, international markets may be good for developing business, but it also carries certain risks. This is particularly true in many countries where doing business may include making gifts, paying gratuities and...more

Hearing on Oversight of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance

As we previously reported, the Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, Keith Higgins, testified before the House Financial Services Committee on a broad range of matters, including the SEC’s progress in...more

Managing whistleblower complaints

Getting employees to actually speak up and report when they see signs of wrongdoing can be hard. Many times if wrongdoing is happening in the workplace, there are employees who know it's happening. Yet perhaps they don't have...more

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Take a Summer Vacation: CFPB Proposes Extensive New HMDA Rules

Last Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published its long-awaited new proposed revisions to its Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) rules. The 573-page proposed rules would make sweeping changes to...more

An Effective Whistleblower Program | The Basics

A recent article in the Internal Auditor told the story about how an anonymous tip lead to the dismissal of Richmond, VA's head of finance. Investigations by the city auditor found the employee had become eligible for just...more

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