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CFPB and banking agencies begin review of bank sales practices

According to Politico, the CFPB, OCC, Fed and FDIC have launched a review of bank sales practices, with the reviews to be conducted as special reviews rather than as part of the regular examination process....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - Corrections - The SBA has issued technical corrections to its final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48557),...more

Bipartisan Members of Congress and NASAA Declare Support for SEC’s Proposed Modernization of Rules to Facilitate Intrastate...

On October 7, 2016, a bipartisan contingent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the president of the North American Securities Administrator Association (NASAA) coordinated a duel message to the SEC regarding...more

SEC Holds Public Meeting on Board Diversity

On October 5, 2016, the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies held a public meeting to discuss, among other things, board diversity for public companies. As part of the meeting, the National Association of...more

Protecting Your Small Business Status: JVs, Restructuring and Diversifying

Overview - - Why size matters - Toolbox for maximizing your time as a small business (“SB”) - Tools that work - Tools you might think work, but generally do not - Tool of the future? -...more

SBA Office of Advocacy submits comment letter asking CFPB to reconsider payday loan proposal

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy has submitted a comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed payday loan rule that raises concerns about the proposal’s economic impact on small businesses and encourages the...more

Take Note of This Law Regarding Small Business Offerors Under Multiple Award Contracts

The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2016, which went into effect on November 25, 2015, contains some requirements regarding multiple award contracts that you might not know about. The 2016 NDAA...more

CFPB Consumer Advisory Board to meet on Oct. 27

The CFPB has published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that a meeting of its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) will be held on October 27, 2016. The notice indicates that the CAB will discuss student loan...more

Federal Small Business Authority Sharply Questions CFPB'S Proposed Payday Rule

In strongly worded comments filed October 7 in the Consumer Financial Protection Board's (CFPB) rulemaking on payday and other small dollar loans, the federal agency charged with advocating on behalf of small business took...more

More Work Needed to Improve the HUBZone Program

The HUBZone Program needs some TLC. After a peak of 14,000 SBA-certified participants in 2009, the HUBZone Program has seen a significant drop in participation over the past few years due to various factors. This, in turn,...more

Now is the Time for a Joint Venture Checkup - Set-Aside Alert

On August 24, 2016, the Small Business Administration’s long-awaited rules creating the new small business mentor-protégé program took effect... Please see full Alert below for more information. ...more

A Week of Developments at the EEOC

This past week saw the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issue several publications focused on providing informational and compliance updates. On September 27, the EEOC announced the launch of its online...more

SBA Proposes Updates and Improvements to Early Stage SBIC Program

The proposed rule reflects SBA’s intent to continue licensing and providing SBA-guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs beyond the initial five-year term previously announced. On September 19, the U.S. Small Business...more

CFPBs Meeting with Community Bank Advisory Council Provides Insights into Upcoming Debt Collection Rules

Last week , the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) met with the Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC) to discuss the CFPB’s July 28, 2016, outline of the proposed debt collection rules (Outline) intended to...more

Proposed Investment Tax Credit for Small Tech/Tourism Businesses in Alberta

On September 29, 2016, Alberta’s Minister for Economic Development and Trade was in Calgary to announce a plan to introduce a 30-percent tax credit program for investments in small businesses during the fall sitting of the...more

The FAR Councils Drop 10 FAR Amendments in End-of-Fiscal-Year Blitz

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Councils issued 10 FAR amendments (nine final and one interim) on a broad range of topics. One rule imposes new risks for contractors with delinquent taxes or...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments...more

SBA to Start Accepting Mentor-Protégé Applications

On Oct.1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. This program has been several years in the making and follows authorizations in the...more

House Votes to Delay OT Rule But Employers Are Not Out of the Woods Yet

Yesterday, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 6094 (the “bill” referred to as the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act), that would delay the effective date of the...more

Agenda for October 5 SEC Advisory Committee Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published the agenda for the October 5 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The Advisory Committee plans to discuss and cover Regulation S-K...more

EEOC Small Business Resource Center: Two thumbs up!

I spent some time yesterday at the new Small Business Resource Center, which went live this week on the website of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. I think it’s great. Small businesses, which may be just...more

House Financial Services Committee Votes To Repeal And Replace Dodd-Frank

On September 13th, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Financial CHOICE Act of 2016 to repeal and replace key parts of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law by a largely partisan vote of 30 to 26. Democrats declined to...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

Venture Exchange Regulation: Listing Standards, Market Microstructure, and Investor Protection

This summer, the House Financial Services Committee passed the Main Street Growth Act, which calls for legislative changes to promote the formation of venture exchanges. The idea that securities exchanges specially designed...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #3

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Notice of Minimum Wage Rate Change for Contractors - The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a notice announcing that beginning January 1, 2017, the Executive Order...more

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