Strategic Enforcement Plan

The Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) is a strategy developed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which 1) establishes priorities for the EEOC and 2) integrates the EEOC's private and... more +
The Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) is a strategy developed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which 1) establishes priorities for the EEOC and 2) integrates the EEOC's private and public enforcement efforts. The purpose of the SEP is to focus the EEOC's resources to best address discriminatory practices in the workplace. less -
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As Reliance on “Digital Influencers” Grows, So Does FTC Enforcement

As we saw in a prior post regarding Kim Kardashian and Instagram, the FDA pays attention to how brand companies use paid celebrities to endorse their products. Likewise, the FTC closely scrutinizes how brand companies use...more

FTC announces “Operation Collection Protection”

Last week, the FTC announced a new coordinated effort against unlawful debt collection practices, “Operation Collection Protection.” The FTC also announced that federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have brought...more

FTC Joins With Federal, State and Local Authorities on Nationwide Debt Collection Enforcement Initiative

On November 4, 2015, a group of law enforcement authorities, led by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or the Commission), announced Operation Collection Protection, a coordinated federal, state and local initiative aimed at...more

DOJ Announces New Compliance Counsel and Outlines Metrics for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs Under Scrutiny

In July 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division revealed that it was hiring a Compliance Counsel to assist in assessing the quality and effectiveness of companies’ corporate compliance programs under scrutiny...more

FTC Unveils Nationwide Debt-Collection Enforcement Action

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Wednesday announced that it would launch its first-ever coordinated, nationwide law enforcement effort targeting abusive and deceptive debt-collection practices. The initiative is known...more

FCC Issues NAL in First Contested Enforcement Proceeding Involving Wi-Fi Blocking

Wi-Fi management or blocking practices have once again seized the enforcement spotlight at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). On November 2, the FCC released a Notice of Apparent Liability (Dean NAL) proposing a...more

SEC Sanctions Another Entity For Not Following Its Procedures

A continuing focus of SEC enforcement is compliance by entities with their disclosed procedures. The Commission’s latest action in this regard resulted in the payment of $6 million by a Credit Rating Agency that not only...more

Offshore Accounts Still Focus of IRS Enforcement

The following Notice from the IRS reiterates the enforcement focus on offshore accounts. Anyone with an unreported offshore account needs to consult counsel and discuss, their compliance options under the "attorney-client...more

Justice Department Focusing on Offshore Account

At a recent tax conference a senior Justice Department official reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. Department of Justice to continue offshore enforcement efforts. As is widely reported the official stated...more

SEC Enforcement Continues to Pursue Hedge Fund Advisers

The SEC continues to pursue enforcement actions against hedge fund managers for alleged self-dealing, undisclosed conflicts of interest, and valuation issues. As we’ve previously reported (here and here), the SEC has stepped...more

Fees: Increasing Requirements for Disclosure Continue

Outside money managers are facing increasing scrutiny about the value they provide, particularly since the 2008 financial crisis. In a previous publication from September 2014, we wrote that the US Securities and Exchange...more

What’s the Real Effect of OSHA’s Revamped Inspection Process, the “Enforcement Weighing System?”

On October 1, OSHA started its “Enforcement Weighing System,” which means that OSHA Compliance Officers and Area Offices will be under less pressure to complete a number of inspections and will receive credit for separate...more

Groundhog Day In September – Another Repeat Of The EEOC Fiscal Year-End Lawsuit Filing Frenzy

As the clock ticked down on the EEOC’s fiscal year (which ended on September 30), we are struck once again by the eerily consistent trend in the agency’s federal court filing trends. Employers around the country are seemingly...more

EPA Poised to Elevate Clean Air Act 112(r) Enforcement

Overview - In the wake of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent $5.6 million settlement with Bayer CropScience under Clean Air Act Section 112(r), companies should expect more from EPA in the...more

EPA Enforcement Initiative

EPA is currently pursuing six National Enforcement Initiatives. One of these initiatives is entitled, “Keeping Raw Sewage and Contaminated Stormwater Out of Our Nation’s Waters.” Over the past three years, civil penalties...more

Sensient Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Dried Food Producer Unlawfully Discharged Workers After Denying Extended Leave of Absence for Disability-Related Needs, Federal Agency Charged - FRESNO, Calif. - Sensient Natural Ingredients LLC, a producer of dried...more

Data Protection, Privacy and Security Alert: Canada’s Anti-Spam Regulator Continues to Issue Advisories, Hunt for Infringers: Key...

This fall, more than a year after Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into force, it is abundantly clear that the regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, is taking its new...more

Stack Bros. to Pay $140,000 to Settle EEOC Age Discrimination and Retaliation Suit

Employees Were Fired at Superior, Wis., Firm for Turning 62, Federal Agency Charged - MADISON, Wis. - Stack Bros. Mechanical Contractors, Inc. of Superior, Wis., a major heating and plumbing contractor in northern...more

Treasury Deputy Secretary Raskin Delivers Remarks On Cybersecurity and Insurance

On September 10, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Sarah Bloom Raskin delivered remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Strategic Technologies Program in Washington, D.C. After summarizing threats posed...more

EPA Seeks Comment on National Enforcement Initiatives

On September 15, 2015, EPA solicited public comment on its upcoming cycle of National Enforcement Initiatives (NEI) for fiscal years (FY) 2017-2019. EPA is proposing to adopt three new enforcement initiatives and is...more

Justice Department Issues New Policy Prioritizing Prosecution of Individuals in Corporate Cases

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice issued guidance regarding the prosecution of individuals in cases involving criminal and civil corporate wrongdoing. The first major policy memorandum issued since Attorney...more

EPA Requests Comment On Fiscal Year 2017 – 2019 Enforcement Priorities

EPA on September 15, 2015, announced its National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs) for its Fiscal Years (FY) 2017 – 2019 and requested comment on them. 80 Fed. Reg. 55352. EPA selects enforcement initiatives every three years...more

DOJ uses White Collar Prosecution for Election-Season Rabble Rousing

Beating their chests and breathing fire to rouse the polity, the Department of Justice recently came out with an announcement as earth shattering as the sun rising. The DOJ proclaimed it has adopted new policies to prioritize...more

“Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing”: A Sea Change Or Not?

On Thursday, September 10, 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates delivered remarks announcing a memorandum delivered to all federal prosecutors, including the Antitrust Division: “Individual Accountability for...more

ITC Section 337 Update – September 2015

Judge MaryJoan McNamara Appointed New Administrative Law Judge at U.S. International Trade Commission – On August 17, 2015, the ITC issued a news release announcing that Judge MaryJoan McNamara has been appointed as an ALJ....more

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