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SEC Final Rules for Proxy Voting Advice Businesses

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The rules are changing for Proxy Voting Advice Businesses (PVAB), with approval by the SEC of new guidelines. The SEC’s final rule statement (published July 22, 2020) explains, “The Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) is adopting amendments to its rules governing proxy solicitations so that investors who use proxy voting advice receive more transparent, accurate, and complete information on which to make their voting decisions, without imposing undue costs or delays that could adversely affect the timely provision of proxy voting advice.

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The DOJ is Serious About Prosecuting PPP Loan Fraud

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A provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program, PPP, has been a difference-maker for many U.S. companies. As of June 30, 2020, nearly 5 million small and medium-sized businesses received a much-needed cash infusion to help them make payroll during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. But where there is loan money available on payback forgiveness terms, there will inevitably be fraudsters attempting to game the system. 

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The Much-Anticipated PPP Loan Extension

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The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA) (i.e., the PPP loan extension) has been signed into law. After receiving U.S. Senate approval on June 3, 2020, the amendment to the Small Business Act and the CARES Act was finalized on June 5, with the signature of President Donald Trump. Updating the Paycheck Protection Program of the Small Business Administration, the PPPFA adds much needed flexibility to the timing and forgiveness options than was allowed by the original PPP Act.

COVID-19: The Issue Clearly is Human Capital

COVID-19: The Issue Clearly is Human Capital

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COVID-19 has painted a crystal-clear picture of the critical value of human capital. And with this heightened awareness comes an accelerated pace for new human capital governance. But even before the global pandemic abruptly redefined just about everything, Attorney Mike Melbinger, a partner in the Chicago offices of Winston & Strawn, and others were already taking note of the developing sentiment that matters of human capital management should rest squarely on the shoulders of Compensation Committees.