5 Must-Reads for Corporate Leaders in the New Year

Dodd-Frank, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, social media in the workplace, cybersecurity, SEC regulations… all front-and-center corporate issues at the start of a new year. Your job, among many other things, is to know what to do about each of them. That’s why it helps when leading lawyers with expertise in each of these fields write as they do. And so, wishing you the very best for the new year, for your reference, five legal must-reads at the start of 2013:

1. Public Company Priorities for the New Year (McDermott Will & Emery):

Complying with Dodd-Frank reforms – as they continue to be written – is critical for SEC-reporting companies. But Dodd-Frank is just one of many priorities for public companies as 2013 kicks off. Here’s a look at all of them.

2. A New Year Brings New Compliance Obligations for Employers (Littler):

California lawmakers were busy last year, enacting 35 new pieces of employment-related legislation and regulations, but they weren’t alone: nearly every state passed new rules for employers that go into effect in 2013. Fortunately, Littler has compiled a state-by-state list of the new requirements and obligations.

3. Legal Guidelines for CEOs on Social Media – Avoid the Netflix Issue (Looper Reed & McGraw):

Late last year, the Securities and Exchange Commission launched an investigation of Netflix and its CEO Reed Hastings for allegedly breaking securities rules when Hastings posted on his Facebook page that the company’s website had “exceeded 1 billion hours of viewing” in June 2012. Regulators say the post violated the Fair Disclosure rule, which requires SEC-regulated companies to make all “material disclosures” to the general public rather than a select group of individuals. Hastings says the post was very public, so the rule wasn’t broken. The jury’s still out, but one thing is clear: CEOs active on social media need to exercise caution…

4. Dodd-Frank Implementation: Navigating the Road Ahead (Morrison & Foerster LLP):

For all the news, many of the major financial reforms contemplated by the Dodd-Frank Act have yet to be written. And that means continuing uncertainty for the financial services industry. The good news: several critical rules could be finalized in the first half of 2013. Here’s a look at the most significant.

5. What Employers Need to Know About Healthcare Reform for 2013 (Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP):

2012 was a notable year for the future of healthcare, including but not limited to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold key provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But the future starts now… This update provides a useful summary of healthcare reform obligations facing employers in 2013.

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