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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Canada’s New Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act and its Implications for Companies Subject to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt...

On June 1, 2015, Canada’s Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (“ESTMA” or “the Act”) came into force. Approved in December 2014, but not in force until this month, the Act requires companies in the extractive sector...more

The Purpose of Compliance: Promoting a Positive, Not Preventing a Negative

One thing about maintaining a blog – you have nightmares (alright something a little less than that) about consistency in writing. All of us can be accused of having “evolving” positions, so maybe that is my rationalization....more

IRS Guidance on FBAR Penalties

On May 13, 2015, the IRS issued interim guidance to its examiners regarding penalties for failure to timely file the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). By no later than May 13, 2016, this interim guidance...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 1 of 24)

Alden Bianchi, Chair of the our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, will provide a weekly installment on the complex reporting obligations outlined by the Affordable Care Act for health insurance carriers and...more

Louis Berger International Pays $17 Million Penalty for FCPA Violation

On July 17, 2015, Louis Berger International, Inc., a New Jersey-based construction management company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice under which it agreed to pay a $17.1...more

Events Planning Company Fined over $600,000 for Serious I-9 Paperwork Violations

On July 8, 2015, an administrative law judge (ALJ) ordered Hartmann Studios to pay a fine of over $600,000 for more than 800 I-9 paperwork violations, the largest fine awarded by an ALJ for paperwork violations to date. In...more

New Trade Act Hikes Penalties for Information Return Failures

The newly-enacted Trade Preference Extension Act boosts the penalties for failing to provide accurate information returns to the IRS and payees – such as Forms W-2, 1098, and 1099, as well as Forms 1095-B and 1094-B. The...more

EPA Updates Its Audit Policy with "eDisclosure"

On June 10, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a webinar describing a plan to modernize the implementation of its April 11, 2000 Audit Policy. The plan – called eDisclosure – attempts to provide a...more

Fourth Circuit Case Reminds Government Contractors of False Claims Act Breadth

The recent opinion from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in United States ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., serves as a reminder of the breadth of the civil False Claims Act when applied to federal...more

What To Do If You Have Delinquent International Information Tax Returns

A U.S. taxpayer with international holdings and interests may not be fully compliant with U.S. tax reporting obligations even though they have currently reported all foreign source income on their annual tax return, filed...more

Another SEC FCPA Action Tied to Hospitality

Hospitality and effective compliance procedures are often critical issues when dealing with government officials. Those two issues came into sharp focus in the SEC’s latest FCPA case. In the Matter of BHP Billiton Ltd., Adm....more

Upcoming Energy Efficiency Requirements in the Rented Sector

The UK government has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline. Since energy use in buildings is a major source of UK carbon emissions, improving their energy...more

Former Compliance Officer Assessed Million Dollar Penalty For Role In Company's Money Laundering Violations

Corporate officers with compliance duties, take note: you may face personal liability for your role in failing to prevent your company's violations of federal law. This new reality comes courtesy of the U.S. Department of the...more

Employer Shared Responsibility Payments and Reporting Requirements Under the Affordable Care Act: Code Sections 6055 and 6056

Employer Shared Responsibility Penalties - There are two types of employer shared responsibility payments, also known as pay or play penalties, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The first penalty under Internal...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

Breaking OVDI News: 5% Streamlined Penalty Procedure Opened Up

In a major change to the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program, the streamlined filing compliance procedures with their 5% penalty, has been opened up to non-willful violators that reside in the U.S. This is to be contrasted...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

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

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