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The Word On The Street On What 401(k) Plan Sponsors May Need

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The greatest thing about the Internet is the distribution of information that people used to have to rely on an Encyclopedia or other reference materials to find out information on a specific topic. This is so true of...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 2018

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a new venture fund intended to support companies trying to increase...more

New York Lawsuit Alleging Corporate Cover-Up At The Weinstein Company Is A Lesson In What Not To Do

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein, his brother Robert Weinstein, and their company, The Weinstein Company (TWC). The lawsuit, which details allegations of...more

Size Matters…and Other Compliance Myths

The recently released Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics 2017 Compliance and Ethics Officer and Staff Salary Survey contains a host of interesting CCO and other compliance personnel compensation information. Also...more

Estate planning for your business: Use an ESOP to properly address your closely held company

If a substantial portion of one’s net worth is tied up in his or her closely held business, it’s critical to have an exit strategy. This article explains why an employee stock ownership plan is one tool that offers a...more

In Massachusetts, Directors and Investors Acting in their Normal Capacities Do Not Have Personal Liability for Wage Act Violations

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that the Massachusetts Wage Act does not impose personal liability on board members or investors acting in their normal capacities. In Segal v. Genitrix, LLC, the SJC...more

Never Hire Your Friends Or Family As Your Retirement Plan’s Financial Advisor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I live in an unincorporated village in Nassau County called Oceanside. We have a school board there that doesn’t have issues about hiring friends and family for teaching positions and low paid aide positions. In fact, 3 out...more

UK Diversity Matters: The Gender Pay Gap and Gender Equality at Work

by Morgan Lewis on

More than ever, issues of gender equality and pay and sex discrimination in the workplace are at the forefront of public consciousness. Against the backdrop of significant momentum behind the #MeToo movement and other gender...more

Directors Need to Step Outside the Boardroom on the Issue of Sexual Harassment

by NAVEX Global on

As we’ve highlighted in our ongoing You Can’t Delegate Ethics campaign, sexual harassment is not a compliance issue, it is an abuse of power issue. It can also be a neglect of power issue. It’s what happens when good people...more

[Webinar] Directives from the Board Room: Will Your HR Team Fail or Save the Day? - February 21st, 12:00pm CT

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

The board of directors helps develop the strategic vision and management of a business. These corporate governance directives are necessary, but can lead to unintended consequences for HR. Join Eric Fogel and Beverly Alfon...more

Massachusetts High Court Addresses Investors’ and Boards of Directors’ Liability Under the Wage Act

Investors and members of boards of directors concerned about liability under the Massachusetts Wage Act, M.G.L. c. 149, § 148, can breathe a little easier after the Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) decision in Segal v....more

Saints, Sanctions and Cicero

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday's post included the following description of an article about alleged misconduct by a company's CEO...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. Recent developments...more

The Board and #MeToo

by Allen Matkins on

The following fact pattern should be familiar. A high-profile news story runs detailing years of sexual harassment by the CEO of a company. Four women sued, claiming that the CEO repeatedly propositioned or groped female...more

Last call! SEC’s pay ratio rule effective for 2018 proxy statements

The long-awaited pay ratio rule (the Rule), adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) on August 5, 2015, finally takes effect in 2018. The Rule, which is intended to provide shareholders with a metric to...more

A Call For A New Standard For Financial Advisors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Over the last 10 years, there has certainly been a revolution among 401(k) financial advisors about the need and concern of good fiduciary practices for plan sponsors. The days of 401(k) financial advisors never showing up to...more

City of Columbus Announces New Policy for Tax Incentives

by Benesch on

On January 29, 2018, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and City Council announced a new policy for tax incentives that would significantly change the way in which tax abatements and other incentives are structured in certain...more

You Can’t Delegate the Ethics of Respect & Dignity #YCDEthics

by NAVEX Global on

Pulitzer Prize-winning business reporter Charles Duhigg, in his bestseller The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, described the shock and confusion to investors when Paul O’Neil made his first...more

Cybersecurity for This Tax Season

Nearly a year ago, in February 2017, the IRS issued a warning regarding phishing attacks targeting a broad range of companies. The scam involves a hacker impersonating an employee of a company, usually the CEO, and sending an...more

Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires 2017-2018

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires, mudslides, and related disasters that hit Southern California in December 2017 and...more

Certain Information Statements for ISOs and ESPPs Due by January 31, 2018

by Snell & Wilmer on

As reported in Part 3 of our 2016 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List, Section 6039 of the Code requires employers to provide a written information statement to each employee or former employee and file information returns...more

The Most Avoidable Errors Of A 401(k) Plan Sponsor

by Ary Rosenbaum on

There are a lot of times where you’ll suffer a mishap because there are certain things beyond your control. However, there are many instances out there where a mishap occurs because you failed to do something so simple like...more

Blacklist introduced for Operating Business in China Without License

by DLA Piper on

Foreign companies intending to hire workers and operate in China without registering a legal entity (e.g. a representative office or wholly-owned subsidiary) should be aware that they may be put on a blacklist that is being...more

Impact of Compensation-Related Litigation on Public Companies

Compensation-related litigation and threats of litigation continued to significantly impact public companies in 2017. These companies should be mindful of issues that were raised in recent litigation: proxy disclosure,...more

Payroll Department Impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Taylor English Duma LLP on

Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), and it was signed into law in December 2017. Payroll department impacts from the new law are summarized below.  ...more

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