Compliance Penalties

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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Department of Justice Cites Poor Compliance Program and Lack of Cooperation in Extracting Significant FCPA Penalties in Marubeni...

The importance of a company’s response to a Department of Justice (“DOJ”) investigation into possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) was highlighted last week when Marubeni Corporation (“Marubeni”)...more

What to expect in 2014

2013 was a significant year for the UK regulatory landscape. National and international regulators continued to address the issues identified by the financial crisis in addition to responding to the LIBOR scandal with...more

Lloyds Banking Group Face £28 Million Fine in Relation to Sales Incentive Controls

On December 11, the FCA published a final notice to Lloyds Banking Group in which it was fined a record GBP £28 million. The fine was imposed for “serious failings” in its sales practices, the largest UK regulatory penalty...more

The Sky Is The Limit: Escalating Fines, DPA/NPAs And Deterrence

The controversy around punishment and deterrence of corporate misconduct continues to swirl. As fines increase against companies, it is important to ask the question whether the current enforcement scheme adequately punishes...more

What A Long Strange Trip It’s Been – The Bilfinger FCPA Settlement

Earlier this week the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had resolved an ongoing Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) with German entity Bilfinger SE (Bilfinger). This case involved the same background facts and events...more

Employers Must Respond to all Unemployment Claims or Face Penalties: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Confirming that no good deed goes unpunished, Florida law now requires employers to respond to all unemployment claims or face a penalty. All employers are subject to this penalty, even if the employer does not contest the...more

SEC Announces Compliance Penalties Against Investment Advisory Firms, Executives

On October 23, the SEC announced penalties totaling $400,000 against three investment advisory firms and their executives for allegedly repeatedly ignoring problems with their compliance programs, which the SEC deemed...more

Small businesses beware: IRS deploys "big data" to scrutinize cash transactions

In Brief - The IRS has signaled its intent to prosecute more small businesses for relatively low-value tax violations. - In doing so, the IRS has increased its reliance on data-driven analyses of the...more

The Maxwell Technologies Fallout: The Alain Riedo Indictment For FCPA Violations

Today is the 82nd anniversary of the reporting to Alcatraz Prison of one of its most memorable residents; Al Capone. Capone was sent to prison for income tax evasion; in other words, it was a books and records violation,...more

FinCEN Joins The Enforcement Party

FinCEN’s new Enforcement Division, which was created in June of 2013, is already making its mark in the financial enforcement world. Federal regulators are focusing on compliance with Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) and...more

The Penalties Applicable to Legal Entities Convicted for Corruption under French Law - Are the Administrative Consequences the...

Under French law, an act of corruption is exclusively subject to criminal liability; there is no administrative liability. Specific rules of administrative laws, however, which provide that a company convicted by a final...more

The EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive: Marketing Impact On Non-European Fund Managers

Alternative investment fund managers based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who wish to market their alternative investment funds (AIFs) to European investors are rightly concerned about additional restrictions and...more

Healthcare Law -- Aug 19, 2013

As the Healthcare Landscape Shifts, Four Issues Are Critical to Build Effective Market Access Strategies - In this time of high growth and fast change for the healthcare industry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and...more

Recent OCAHO Decision Reminds Employers To Complete Accurate And Timely I-9 Forms

As immigration reform measures proceed through Congress, it is critical that employers are prepared for strict worksite enforcement of I-9 requirements to prevent costly auditing and penalties for paperwork violations or the...more

New SBA Regulations Focus on Small Business Size and Status Integrity

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) much anticipated new regulations on small business size and status integrity implement key provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act). Most notably (and as...more

IRS Guidance Released on the Delayed Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's Play or Pay Rules - Penalties Will Not Apply to...

On the heels of last week’s announcement that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) reporting requirements and Play or Pay penalties will not go into effect until 2015, the IRS has released transition relief clarifying that the...more

What Is ‘Acceptance Of Responsibility’ Under The US Sentencing Guidelines?

One of the things that I am often asked is how are fines and penalties calculated for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations? ...more

Stretching The FCPA: The Danger Of The Oracle Case

My good friend and mentor, Judge Sporkin, is not shy nor bashful about his views on the FCPA. When he heard about DOJ’s undercover sting in the Shot Show case, he scoffed, “What a mistake! ...more

Expansive Changes to Canada’s Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws Now in Force: Existing Compliance Programs Will Require Revisions

Far-reaching and critical amendments proposed by Bill S-14, An Act to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, received royal assent on June 19, 2013....more

‘You Scratch My Back’ Leads To A Fine And Penalty

The above lyrics are the closing stanza to the song “Ghost Riders in the Sky”. I thought about the advice for the cowboy to change his ways to save his soul from Hell when I read in both the Financial Times (FT) and the Wall...more

2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series, Part V: Compliance

Bill Mathias of Ober|Kaler's Health Law Group presented on compliance as a part of the 2013 Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Bootcamp Webinar Series sponsored by the American Health Lawyers Association. This webinar...more

Russian Law Update - June 2013

In This Issue: - Russian Civil Law Reform: Recent and Upcoming Amendments - Anti-Corruption Laws: New Compliance Requirements for Russian Companies ..Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership - Amendments...more

Current Fiduciary & ERISA Issues in Qualified Plans

Topics we will cover: • Introduction • Issues with Control Groups • Issues with Prohibited Transactions • Fee Disclosure - Excerpt from Who is in the Control Group? • Aggregation Rules (Section...more

The Benefits Game - Playbook for Compliance with the Health Care Reform’s Pay or Play Rules for Employers

The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer shared responsibility provisions (commonly called “pay or play”) impact “large” employers and go into effect in 2014. Although effective in 2014, employers must plan NOW. Advance...more

Total Switches To Settle Rather Than Fight

For anyone who grew up in the 1960s, I am sure that you remember the touchstone slogan for Tareyton cigarettes, “I’d rather fight than switch”. ...more

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