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Iceland’s Pay Equity Law: The Start of a New Approach?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Iceland has been touting gender pay equity legislation as a short-term goal since early last year. So it is no surprise that the country’s new law — which mandates pay equity for males and females – went into effect a few...more

II-25 – Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Employers in 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From federal agency changes to anticipated developments in sexual harassment, paid leave, overtime, and marijuana use, this episode of Employment Law Now provides ten issues that employers should resolve to understand in the...more

FMLA FAQ: If an Employee Racks Up Both FMLA and Unexcused Absences, Can He Be Terminated?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Here’s a puzzle for you. How would you handle it? Mary Beth is a nurse for a local hospital and has been diagnosed with cancer and asthma. 1. She is certified for FMLA leave for her cancer and asthma; 2. She incurs...more

I-19 - Part 2 of Interview on Conducting Internal Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt's latest episode provides the second of his two-part interview with David Cohen on conducting internal pay equity audits....more

I-18- DC Update on Joint Employer and OT Issues, and Part 1 of an Expert Interview on Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update on current DC initiatives to change joint employer and overtime exemption standards, as well as Part 1 of a two-part interview with a leading expert on conducting an...more

CCOs and CFOs: Bringing Everyone Together

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers are politicians and have to possess great interpersonal skills. They have to “get along” and persuade key constituencies — most especially their business partners – to commit and devote time and...more

AB 450: California’s Law of Unintended Immigration Consequences

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s new law, Assembly Bill 450, signed by Governor Brown on October 5, and effective January 1, 2018, imposes several new immigration-related duties on California employers and the potential for...more

Have you started auditing your contracts with your service providers that handle EU personal data? UK Information Commissioner’s...

Many companies have started the potentially lengthy process of auditing their service provider contracts to make sure that they comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force on...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

Day 8 of One Month to More Effective Continuous Improvement-the Culture Audit

by Thomas Fox on

What is organizational culture? Eric Feldman, SVP at Affiliated Monitors has said it comprises the mission, vision and values of an organization. A similar way to consider it might be as a company’s values, visions, norms and...more

Don’t Let Data Walk Out the Front Door: 7 Security Measures for Preventing Data Loss When Employees Leave

by Exterro, Inc. on

With all the news surrounding data breaches and information leaks, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the number one path sensitive/confidential information illegally enters the public domain is when employees leave their...more

Evolution of Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

One of the most consistent themes from the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance programs has been continuous evolution. As far back as 2009, I heard Lanny Breuer say that your...more

The Importance of Compliance Program Audits

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers spend a significant amount of time comparing their compliance programs with other companies’ programs. CCOs often find solace when benchmarking their respective programs against other companies’...more

CCOs and Resources: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

by Michael Volkov on

The compliance profession is enjoying its moment of triumph. Chief compliance officers are earning substantial salaries and rewarded with high-level positions in the C-Suite and significant influence. CCOs are the hot...more

Ensuring Compliance with Controls

by Michael Volkov on

Let’s start with some basics – a public company is required to implement a set of internal controls. A compliance program is a critical part of a company’s internal controls. A company’s compliance program is only as...more

Day 1 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Introduction to Investigations and Internal Reporting

by Thomas Fox on

The call, email or tip comes into your office; an employee reports suspicious activity somewhere across the globe. That activity might well turn into a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issue for your company. As the Chief...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 40, COSO ERM Framework Update

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the revisions to the COSO ERM Framework, which were based on comments by practitioners. We consider the role of culture and risk, the integration of the COSO ERM...more

Day 22 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-10 Questions to Better Operationalize Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

I conclude this month’s series inspired by an article in the Harvard Business Review, entitled “Does Management Really Work?” by Nicholas Brown, Raffaella Sadun and John Van Reenen. I found the article very useful because it...more

Day 21 of One Month to Better Compliance Through HR-the HR Gap Analysis for Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

How can you determine if Human Resources (HR) can meet the needs of a best practices compliance program? One place to start is with a gap analysis to determine what HR has in place that can facilitate your company’s...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Part IV – Internal Audit

by Thomas Fox on

This week I am engaging in a week-long series on how a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) or compliance practitioner might think about operationalizing a compliance program with other corporate functions and disciplines. I am...more

Hong Kong – The new independent insurance regulator takes charge

by Hogan Lovells on

It has been announced that the new Independent Insurance Authority for Hong Kong (“IIA“) will assume its functions on 26 June 2017 (the “Commencement Date“), replacing the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance....more

Compliance and Financial Audits – Distinctions With Substance

by Michael Volkov on

Chief compliance officers and internal auditors are natural friends and allies. In the corporate governance world, they share many common interests....more

Thawing the ICE: Using Internal Audits to Reduce Form I-9 Exposure

As the 100-day mark of President Trump’s tenure approaches, it’s clear that the new administration intends to take a tough, aggressive approach to immigration enforcement – and employers are sure to feel the heat. The...more

Bridging the Gap: Uniting Compliance and Financial Controls (Part II of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

A Chief Compliance Officer has a number of important relationships to attend to in the corporate governance landscape. A critical relationship needed to “operationalize” a compliance program is a partnership between a CCO and...more

White Collar Enforcement and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Enforcement activity under the Obama administration often made headlines for the eye-popping level of fines, with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations, and economic sanctions...more

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