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Whistleblower Hotlines: Still a Vital Tool

by NAVEX Global on

Recently the chief compliance officer of a global company asked me: does a company need a telephone-based whistleblower hotline anymore? In our all-technology, all-the-time world, could a company phase out telephone hotlines...more

Unfair and Unbalanced-Episode 18

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Roy Snell and myself discuss how incentives are integral to the compensation plans of a wide range of workers. Many experts point to their value in rewarding behavior that is in the interest of the...more

Day 8 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-Using Compensation to Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

One of the areas that many companies have not paid as much attention to in their Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) anti-corruption compliance programs is compensation. However the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Klaus Kleinfeld is out as CEO of Alcoa-subsidiary Arconic. Kleinfeld’s two-year tenure was marked by problems, and Kleinfeld did himself no favor with an un-Board-authorized letter that he sent to activist-investor Elliott...more

How to garner a NPA and Declination

by Thomas Fox on

It certainly did not take long for companies to see the benefit of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Pilot Program as there where two public declinations granted by the DOJ for companies...more

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Adopts Broad View of Whistleblower Protection Under Dodd Frank

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On March 8, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Dodd Frank anti-retaliation provisions protect individuals who complain internally and are not strictly limited to those individuals who...more

LRN Compliance Program Effectiveness Report: Part I (and Farewell to Chuck Berry)

by Thomas Fox on

Last week I interviewed Susan Divers, Senior Advisor at LRN Corporation, on the company’s 2016 Ethics and Compliance Program Effectiveness Report (Report). The Report was a fascinating review of the evolution of compliance...more

Why You Shouldn’t Relax on Pretaliation—Even if Policymakers Do

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About two years ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made history when it brought the first “pretaliation” whistleblower enforcement action against KBR Inc., a technology and engineering firm in Houston. The...more

The Top Five "Gotcha" Deficiencies Plaguing Asset Managers and How to Avoid Them

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Let’s start with this caveat: as we all know, under the still-new Trump Administration, priorities may and are likely to change. Now that we got that off our chest, it is nevertheless not the time to sit back and wait. The...more

Funds Talk: March 2017

OCIE Highlights Frequent Topics for Compliance Deficiencies for Investment Advisers - On Feb. 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) published...more

US SEC Publishes Risk Alert on Top Five Investment Adviser Compliance Issues Found During Inspections

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on February 7, 2017 (Risk Alert), highlighting the “five compliance...more

SEC’s Exam Deficiencies

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The SEC recently released its findings relating to exams of investment advisers. In particular, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) found weak compliance programs; insufficient or late...more

IA Sanctioned Based On Risk Areas In OCIE Alert

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s inspection staff – OCIE – issued an Alert about its national inspection program earlier this week, highlighting risk areas for investment advisers. Any adviser facing an inspection would do well to review the...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

by Thomas Fox on

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...more

Modern Whistleblower Retaliation Risk Require a Modern Framework

by NAVEX Global on

If compliance officers ever needed one more sign about the importance of anti-retaliation programs, it arrived on September 29, 2016. On that day, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC ) fined a company that makes...more

The Difference Between Being Right and Doing Right

by NAVEX Global on

Not long ago I wrote about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent enforcement actions against companies that include pretaliation clauses in their employment contracts. I posted the article online, and one compliance...more

Despite Privilege, GC May Pursue Whistleblower Retaliation Suit under SOX and Dodd–Frank

California’s USDC–ND ruled that Bio-Rad Laboratories’ former General Counsel may use privileged communications to prove his retaliatory-discharge case prosecuted under Sarbanes–Oxley and Dodd–Frank’s whistleblower...more

Compliance Paid for Itself in Many Ways in 2016

by NAVEX Global on

“A culture of ethics ties long-term performance to the interests of long-term stakeholders.” — Larry Fink, Chief Executive of Blackrock The quote above was mentioned by Timothy Erblich, CEO of Ethisphere, at the...more

The SEC’s Continuing Refinement of Internal Controls Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

My good friend and colleague, Tom Fox, has written an interesting post on the SEC’s recent United Airlines settlement for $2.4 million for domestic bribery. As Tom has noted, the interesting aspect of the SEC’s enforcement...more

Third-Party Risk Programs Should Focus on Offense, not Defense

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Just 43 percent of organizations surveyed in NAVEX Global’s 2016 Ethics & Compliance Third Party Risk Management Report said they evaluated third parties before engaging with them—down from 68 percent in 2015....more

OCIE Staff to Examine Registered Advisers' Policies and Agreements for Whistleblower Rule Compliance

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On October 24, 2016, OCIE published a risk alert noting that the SEC exam staff intends to examine registrants' compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act's whistleblower provisions. The alert noted recent enforcement actions...more

Landmark SEC Decision Cites Compliance, Diligence in Decision Not to Prosecute FCPA Violations

by NAVEX Global on

In a remarkable affirmation of the value of robust compliance and due-diligence programs, the Securities and Exchange Commission last month announced that it would not prosecute a U.S. company for potential violations of the...more

Good-Bye to Arnold Palmer and Revolutionizing Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

The golfing world and the world of beverages lost one of their giants earlier this week. I, of course, refer to golfing and beverage legend Arnold Palmer. The legend around the beverage is that at dinner one evening Palmer...more

Hallmark 8-Confidential Reporting and Internal Investigations

by Thomas Fox on

The FCPA Guidance has about as clear, concise and short a statement about hotlines than any other Tenet of an Effective Compliance Program. It states, “An effective compliance program should include a mechanism for an...more

Hallmark 3 – Oversight, Autonomy and Resources

by Thomas Fox on

I. Autonomy - The DOJ has made clear over the years the importance of this hallmark. In the FCPA Guidance it states, “In appraising a compliance program, DOJ and SEC also consider whether a company has assigned...more

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