On May 30, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance related to the requirement that issuers disclose the use of conflict minerals in their products, as mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more
Topics we will cover:
• Issues with Control Groups
• Issues with Prohibited Transactions
• Fee Disclosure
- Excerpt from Who is in the Control Group?
• Aggregation Rules (Section...more
I had an interesting and frustrating conversation with a relative about the work that I do, which includes working with companies on refreshing their Codes of Business Conduct. ...more
The SEC has proposed a long-awaited set of rules that provides its own contribution to the running debate over how US rules should apply to cross-border activity in derivatives. In a single release, the SEC’s proposed rules...more
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently issued an Order Instituting Proceedings (“Order”) against the administrator and compliance services provider, as well as current and former members of the boards of...more
Brief Explanation of Internal Benchmarks -
While senior leaders and board members often express concerns about how a company’s data compares to external benchmarks, it is equally important that companies review their...more
It is no news that Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (the Act) requires immediate reporting to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of any information which could support the conclusion that a product...more
On May 2, 2013, the SEC filed an order instituting settled administrative proceedings against the trustees (“Trustees”) and certain service providers of two “turnkey” open-end series investment companies, Northern Lights Fund...more
In a case closely monitored by the healthcare industry, a recent decision from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia expanded the jurisdiction of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs...more
The Justice Department and the SEC should be credited with promoting new compliance strategies and best practices. Whatever you may think about the DOJ/SEC FCPA enforcement program, they have pushed businesses to enhance...more
In the two most recent corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to communicate not only what they believe constitutes a...more
Like every compliance project, when you start the process, it is important to conduct a careful assessment of risks and your company’s compliance program. With the growing risk of criminal, civil and regulatory enforcement...more
The CFTC has issued a no-action letter that effectively extends the dates for swap counterparties who are not swap dealers (SDs) or major swap participants (MSPs) to come into compliance with the agency’s reporting rules...more
Implementing Executive Order 38 issued by Governor Cuomo early in 2012, thirteen New York State agencies have again released revised proposed regulations placing a limit on the funds that can be used for administrative...more
The SEC’s conflict minerals reporting rules became effective January 1, 2013, and those rules impose burdens on companies throughout the automotive supply chain, given how prevalent the so-called “conflict minerals” are in...more
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Regulation 3.3, which requires each futures commission merchant (FCM) to designate a chief compliance officer (CCO), will become effective on March 29, 2013 in respect of FCMs that are not...more
In This Alert:
- A. What Is The Employer Shared Responsibility Penalty?
- What Is The “Failure To Offer Coverage Penalty”?
- How Is The “Failure To Offer Coverage Penalty” Calculated?
- What Is...more
On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into law the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2013. The bill includes several important amendments to the Clery Act, which will require institutions of higher...more
A broad cross-section of natural gas market participants expressed significant opposition to a proposal by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to require increased reporting of natural gas transactions. In...more
The long-awaited final rule (the Final Rule) implementing the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Sunshine Act) has arrived at the Federal Register. It amends key definitions and adds new terms; retains broad reporting...more
In an action that will have broad implications for drug and device manufacturers, researchers, distributors, teaching hospitals and physicians, on February 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly...more
Originally published in LIMRA Regulatory Review on 1/2013
If there is one change in U.S. insurance regulation that directly resulted from the financial crisis of 2008, it is the expansion of regulatory oversight of the...more
On January 17, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued its Final Policy Statement regarding the allocation of capacity on new merchant and non-incumbent, cost-based, participant-funded transmission...more
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (the "Act") was enacted in 2005. The Act recognizes "the history of discrimination against persons with disabilities in Ontario" and has, as its primary purpose,...more
With the re-election of President Obama and the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding portions of the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"), health care reform is here to stay for the foreseeable future. Though limited...more
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