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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The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 5 • March 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - In “Conflicts, Conflicts Everywhere,” her speech at the recent IA Watch 17th Annual Compliance Conference, Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement...more

SEC Enforcement Director Discusses Issues for Pharmaceutical and Medical Technology Companies

In a wide-ranging speech on Tuesday, Securities and Exchange Commission Director of Enforcement Andrew Ceresney discussed recent SEC actions and current concerns involving the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries....more

CPSC Penalties to Increase Beyond “Cost of Doing Business”

At the end of last year, we reported that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued $12.2 million in civil penalties in 2014, more than double the amount issued in 2013. The number of companies fined increased as...more

New York Bank Regulator Considering Cybersecurity Regulations, Random Audits of Banks

On February 25, New York DFS Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky delivered remarks at Columbia Law School focusing on how state bank regulators can better supervise financial institutions in a post-financial crisis era. In his...more

Notes from SEC Chair Mary Jo White’s Speech at SEC Speaks 2015

On February 20, 2015, Chairwoman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Mary Jo White, spoke at the 2015 SEC Speaks Conference in Washington, D.C. During her speech, Chairwoman White addressed a...more

SEC’s enforcement priorities for 2015 – conflicts

In “Conflicts, Conflicts Everywhere,” her speech at the recent IA Watch 17th Annual Compliance Conference, Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division’s Asset Management Unit),...more

SEC Staples: Trading Suspensions, Market Manipulation and Ponzi Schemes

Trading suspensions, market manipulation and Ponzi scheme actions – staples of SEC enforcement. The Commission suspended trading for 128 dormant shell companies this week while bringing a market manipulation action involving...more

SEC Sweep on NDAs Restricting Whistleblowers

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the SEC is in the midst of a sweep to crack down on companies’ use of NDAs or employment agreements that might impede whistleblower reporting in violation of Dodd-Frank...more

SEC May Seek Companies’ Agreements to Determine Whistleblower Treatment

The SEC continues to focus on its whistleblower initiative. According to a February 25 Wall Street Journal article titled “SEC Probes Companies’ Treatment of Whistleblowers,” the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC Identifies Enforcement Priorities for Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds

Julie M. Riewe, Co-Chief, Asset Management Unit, SEC Division of Enforcement identified enforcement priorities for hedge funds and private equity funds. For private funds — meaning hedge funds and private equity funds...more

SEC Continues to Investigate Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

As Rachel Louise Ensign reported earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continues to probe obstacles to corporate employees blowing the whistle. This...more

SEC Speaks 2015: Enforcement Highlights

On February 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual SEC Speaks conference, which updated the public regarding the staff’s work over the last year and its plans for 2015. ...more

A Small Barracuda in a Big Pond: New York's Department of Financial Services

World-wide financial institutions take notice – New York has a new regulator on the scene. Newsweek describes him as “body-slamming” one of the world’s largest banks, “the man the banks fear most.” The Wall Street Journal has...more

2015 SEC Speaks Conference: SEC to Balance Broad Enforcement Agenda and Initiatives with Focus on Core Mission

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) touted an expansive regulatory agenda at this year’s “SEC Speaks” conference, held February 20-21, 2015, in Washington, D.C. At this year’s Speaks, SEC representatives...more

Caught in the Middle: What Is a Supplier Supposed to Do When Its Customers Ask to Use a DBE as a Pass-Through?

Suppliers are caught in the middle of a new enforcement trend in federal, state, and local investigations of disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud. Historically, DBE fraud investigations have focused on the...more

IRS Scrutinizes Captive Insurance

Every year the IRS issues a list of tax scams pertinent to that filing season. This list is commonly referred to as the (“Dirty Dozen”). The Dirty Dozen warns taxpayers of illegal tax avoidance schemes that can lead to...more

Additional Avenues May Be Available for Federal Regulators to Curtail Deceptive Practices in High Frequency Trading

We first heard about the SEC’s increased focus on high-frequency trading in June 2014 when the SEC announced its desire to promulgate new rules on high frequency trading to address the lack of transparency in dark pools and...more

CFPB Hot Topics for 2015

Despite rumblings from the new Congress about reining in the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Bureau has indicated a packed agenda for 2015. Following an aggressive push in 2014, the attention of the CFPB...more

We Know What the EEOC Did in 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued a statistical report in regard to its performance during its fiscal year 2014. The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces Title VII, the ADA, and other...more

CFPB Takes Aim at Relationships between Universities and Credit and Debit Card Issuers

Financial institutions marketing credit and debit cards to college and university students should prepare for likely investigations and enforcement actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulatory...more

What’s Ahead in 2015 for Retailers in Labor and Employment Law? Part III

In part one of this three-part series summarizing the speakers’ key points, we reviewed recent congressional activity, the White House agenda, paid leave legislation, immigration reform, and recent executive orders. Part two...more

DOJ Antitrust Head Stresses “Front-End Guidance” and Structural Remedies

Bill Baer, the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ Antitrust Division, spoke about the DOJ’s antitrust enforcement priorities last Friday, February 6, at a speech in Miami. AAG Baer emphasized three priorities:...more

"Aggressive SEC Enforcement Approach Creates New Challenges for Resolving Investigations"

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursued aggressive enforcement of the securities laws in the past year. Several trends related to the SEC's vigorous approach are likely to continue in 2015....more

A Look Back Offers Insights into the Year Ahead for Employers and the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) litigation and enforcement efforts saw mixed results in FY 2014, highlighting the evolving nature of its Strategic Enforcement Plan (SEP) and the agency's approach to...more

Lender-Placed Insurance Actions Continue to Simmer

Litigation and regulatory scrutiny surrounding lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) practices, initiated in large part on the heels of the mortgage crisis, continues to simmer. While the largest LPI class actions have settled,...more

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