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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What You Need to Know - Unfair Contact Terms Protection Starts 13 November 2016

Unfair terms in standard form contracts for consumers were outlawed in 2010. Now unfair terms in standard form contracts for small business will be outlawed as of 13 November 2016. Here, we set out what you need to know, and...more

Bridging the Week - November 2015 #4

Deputy US Attorney General and SEC Enforcement Head Warn Corporate Individual Wrongdoers to Beware - Deputy US Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates provided further insight into the Department of Justice’s new emphasis...more

Seriously, It's Time to Take Safety Seriously

The Federal government is engaging tough measures to ensure corporations take safety seriously. First, OSHA is in the process of implementing changes to its penalty calculation system, which includes increasing penalty...more

AML and Sanctions Compliance Issues Facing Digital Currency and Blockchain Companies

The United States Department of Justice convened an unprecedented Summit on Digital Currency and the Blockchain on November 9, 2015. The reported goal of the Summit was to promote a dialogue between the government and...more

Health Care E-Note - November 2015

With medical device related acquisitions at all-time highs, and regulatory interest intense from the Federal Trade Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Office of...more

FCA speaks on culture and governance

FCA Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight, Mark Steward, spoke on firm culture and governance. He highlighted the importance of reacting appropriately and efficiently to misconduct, and said that, in order to establish...more

DOJ Settles with For-Profit Education Company Over Alleged FCA Violations

On November 16, the DOJ announced a $95.5 million settlement with the country’s second-largest for-profit education company to resolve alleged federal and state violations of the False Claims Act (FCA). According to the DOJ’s...more

The Carrot or the Stick? New Ways to Explain Why Compliance Builds a Stronger Bottom Line

There is a well-known truth that most business leaders get: bad ethics are bad for business. The reasons are as obvious as last week’s headlines: fines, investigations, remediations, and the like can take a huge toll...more

The Attacks in Paris and AML Compliance

The attacks in Paris and subsequent events have horrified any right-minded person. The slaughter of innocent civilians sickened the world and the outpouring of support for the city of Paris; the country of France and the...more

PRA reminds firms of outsourcing notification expectations

PRA has noted FCA’s consultation on outsourcing guidance and reminded dual-regulated firms it would expect notification from them if they are considering outsourcing critical or important functions to a third party IT...more

Best Practices for Anti-Corruption Training

For any company today, large or small, having a comprehensive anti-corruption compliance program in place is essential. To be effective, however, companies must clearly communicate and engage with employees and third parties,...more

Win-Wins: Looking for Business and Compliance Success

A Chief Compliance Officer who lacks working relationships with the business side of a company is like a day without sunshine. No matter how strong or finely tuned a compliance program is on paper – in practice, the success...more

Brother Can You Spare Some (Compliance) Advice?

Usually I have Houston professional sports teams to hold high as example of true bone headedness around compliance issues. However, as my beloved Houston Astros took the World Series Champions, KC Royals, to the 7th inning of...more

Home Care Industry Coalition Seeks Supreme Court Review of DOL's Home Care Rule

In the latest litigation chapter involving the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule extending minimum wage and overtime requirements to certain home care workers, a home care industry coalition has taken its challenge of the rule...more

New Exemption Rules May Be Delayed To Late 2016

Waiting is the hardest part. Ever since the Department of Labor issued its proposal to substantially increase the minimum salary level needed to classify an employee as an exempt executive, administrative or...more

Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Provides Insight on Corporate Compliance and the Fraud Section’s New Compliance Expert

On November 2, at a speech at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance and Legal Society New York Regional Seminar, Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell discussed compliance issues...more

Corruption Risk and Prosecution are Real and They are not Going Away

On November 11, the The Wall Street Journal ran a story with a fairly provocative headline: "U.S. Justice Department Makes Radical Shift on Foreign Bribery Enforcement." Whether DOJ is making a radical shift or not, corporate...more

DOJ, SEC Change “Cooperation Credit” Process, Add Resources to Fight Corruption

During recent speeches Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and SEC Enforcement Division head Andrew Ceresney announced changes to the processes the DOJ and the SEC will use to decide if a company will receive “cooperation...more

OCC Issues Bulletin on TRID Examinations

On November 6, 2015, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued Bulletin 2015-42 to provide guidance on initial examinations of OCC-supervised institutions with the new Truth-in-Lending and Real Estate...more

DOJ Hires Compliance Expert: Now Is The Time To Assess Your Compliance Program – Does It Have Teeth Or Is It Merely A Paper Tiger?

On November 2, 2015, Leslie R. Caldwell, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ"), announced the hiring of a new corporate compliance counsel, Hui Chen, who will act as an...more

Farewell to Jonah Loma and the Bookend to the Yates Memo

Jonah Lomu died this week. If you have more than a passing interest in sports, you will recognize Lomu as one of the very few game-changers in a sport, his being rugby. I do not pretend to understand the sport very well...more

DOJ’s New Compliance Expert Brings Private Practice Insights to the Role

DOJ’s new compliance expert brings private practice insights to the department. The Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced earlier this month that it has hired Hui Chen as its “full-time compliance...more

SEC Agenda for 2016: Tighten Rules on Leverage for Funds; Stress Testing and Third-Party Compliance Reviews for Advisers

In testimony before the House Committee on Financial Services on November 18, 2015, SEC Chair Mary Jo White described what the SEC has in store for the investment management industry....more

SEC Report Indicates Whistleblower Program Going Strong

Compliance professionals and attorneys received confirmation on Tuesday of what many have long expected: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission whistleblower program is steadily growing in scope and impact, and the SEC...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

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