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Local Government Travel and Entertainment Expenses Come Under Greater Scrutiny with New Law

Over the past few years there has been no shortage of FOIA requests and media attention on how school districts and other units of local government spend or reimburse spending on conferences, dining, and travel. Last week...more

New Illinois Law Requires Local Public Agencies to Regulate Travel Expenses

In the wake of numerous recent examples of extravagant spending by some Illinois local governments and agencies, the Illinois General Assembly sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a bill designed to increase the accountability of local...more

MSRB Rule G-20: Recent Amendments Become Effective on May 6, 2016

On November 6, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved amendments by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) to MSRB Rule G-20 regarding gifts, gratuities and non-cash compensation. The...more

Venezuela Announces New Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit Increases

On February 17, 2016, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a 20% increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective March 1, 2016. President Maduro also announced an increase in the meal benefit, which will now be two...more

New Employment Laws for California Public Employers

As in years past, 2016 brings important changes to employment laws in California — a state that continues to be a challenging environment for employers. Employment issues ranging from healthy workplaces and gender...more

Data Analysis Week – Part III: Data Analysis to Prevent Employee Fraud

I continue my exploration of the use of data analytics in a best practices compliance program. Today we look at how data analytics can be used to help detect or prevent bribery and corruption where the primary sales force...more

NHL Team Denied Deduction for Road Meals?

We noticed these recent items regarding the U.S. IRS denial of a 100% deduction by the NHL Boston Bruins hockey club in respect of the team’s provision of meals to employees during road trips. In Canada, section 67.1 of...more

Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions

We are excited to announce the 15th edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s publication Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions. As in previous editions, the publication discusses and analyzes the most commonly...more

Title Insurance Regulatory and Legislative Update - May 2015

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF INSURANCE COMMISSIONERS - Title Insurance Task Force To Survey Affiliated Business Arrangements: The Title Insurance Task Force (“Task Force”) recently conducted a conference call and among the...more

Gifts, Meals and Then . . . FCPA Enforcement

Life can be very humbling. The SEC has definitely humbled me. For years now, I have been claiming that companies spend too much time worrying about gifts, meals and entertainment expenses under the FCPA, rather than...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 109-interview with Bill Michael on the SEC FCPA enforcement action against FLIR... [Video]

In this episode I visit with Bill Michael, a partner at MayerBrown on the recent FCPA enforcement action against two FLIR System employees for their excessive payments through gifts, travel and entertainment of certain...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Fall 2014

Supreme Court to Hear Tax Injunction Act Case - On August 20, 2013, in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that the federal Tax Injunction Act (TIA) prohibited...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 94-Internal Controls for Gifts, Travel and Entertainment in a FCPA Compliance Program,... [Video]

In this episode of the FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report I continue my visit with Henry Mixon on internal controls for gifts, travel and entertainment in a best practices FCPA compliance program. ...more

Your FCPA good housekeeping: safeguards, procedures and the spouse eye-roll test

FCPA awareness and enforcement has exploded since 2002, but one thing remains the same: the most vexing part of the statute for companies, in terms of day-to-day compliance, is the part covering gifts, meals, entertainment...more

Gifts, Travel And Entertainment Under The FCPA – Part I

One of the first thing that many companies will try to put in place is a gifts, entertainment and travel policy when looking at an overall compliance program. I find the reality to be that not only is this one of the more...more

The So-Called Re-Emergence Of Gifts, Meals And Entertainment As A Compliance Problem

Forgive me for taking the FCPA Paparazzi to task but when they deserve it, they deserve it. A quick diversion — I often am asked by fellow bar members and commenters if I am referring to them as being a member of the...more

Meals and Golf Outings Paid For By Subcontractors May Trigger Double Damages Under Anti-Kickback Act

Federal prime contractors and subcontractors should consider reviewing and updating compliance procedures and employee training relating to entertainment and other business development gratuities in the wake of the Fifth...more

The Truth Behind Gifts, Meals And Entertainment Enforcement

It is time for everyone to take a deep breath. The DOJ/SEC Guidance could not have been clearer. The message to companies – stop devoting so much time to building, tinkering with, and monitoring their policies governing...more

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