Category: Compliance Programs

The 7-11 Compliance Conondrum

Immigration and citizenship employee compliance requirements are fairly straightforward, although awkward. You can’t usually ask whether or not a job applicant is a United States citizen before making an offer of employment. But you do need to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all employees, by completing the Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9) Form, and

Start Your Compliance Year Right

After a long weekend, and perhaps a vacation, compliance professionals are coming back into the office with 2018 on the calendar. It’s a clean slate. The possibilities are endless. Where to start? I don’t have the answer. There is so much to get done and so many challenges ahead. No organization has has the same

SEC’s Regulatory Agenda

A few months ago, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton stated that the SEC had been hard at work on developing its rule-making agenda for the upcoming year. In the coming weeks and months, I expect the SEC’s near-term rulemaking objectives to be fully reflected in our upcoming Regulatory Flexibility Act Agenda. As a

Compliance Lessons from Star Wars – Man Versus Machine

With the release of Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, I’m joining Tom Fox in tying compliance and the Star Wars franchise together in some posts this week. (I saw the movie last night, but I will refrain from revealing anything other than it was terrific.) One of the central themes of the Star Wars franchise is man

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m suffering from holiday creep and checking out the blog ahead of the actual holiday. Be compliant over the long weekend.

Improperly Allocating Broken Deal Expenses

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been looking at fees and expenses at private equity funds for several years. Two years ago it brought a case against Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. for misallocating more than $17 million in “broken deal” expenses to its private equity funds. An SEC investigation found that from 2006 to 2011, KKR

World Champions

Peter Sagan, for an historic third time in a row, earned the rainbow stripes of men’s road cycling world champion. And Chantal Blaak earned the rainbow stripes of women’s road cycling world champion. Over the weekend they competed on a thrilling course in Bergen, Norway. Salmon Hill, only 10 kilometers from the finish, splintered the

The One With the Scalping

An investment adviser should not buy positions on their own behalf shortly before recommending that position to its clients. Nor should the adviser make recommendations to buy when the adviser is selling in the adviser’s personal accounts. Mark A. Gomes was doing just that. The test case came against Capital Gains Research Bureau. The firm

Stick The Landing

I saw this picture and it made think about compliance. At its most basic, the plane did land, the aviators did not die, and the aircraft carrier is still floating. But it was a not a compliant landing. The plane, the aircraft carrier, and the pilot are all damaged to some extent. That it was

Froome, Teamwork and Success

Professional cycling is not a mainstream sport in the U.S., so I would guess that few reading this story share my love of the Tour de France. (With the notable exception of Tom Fox.) The race has several different competitions going at the same time, with a confusing mix of skinny guys, tarted up with