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Chamber of Commerce Seeks Additional Information on PCAOB’s Related Parties Standard

Citing lack of analysis in the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s (“PCAOB”) related parties standard concerning the financial impact on emerging growth companies and their auditors, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“the Chamber”) has asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) to send Release No. 2014-002, Auditing Standard (AS) No. 18—Related Parties, back to the PCAOB for additional details. In a comment letter to the SEC on July 28th, the Chamber’s sentiments reflect their belief that the PCAOB hasn’t been thorough in assessing the standard’s costs on emerging growth companies. Issued in June and awaiting SEC approval, AS 18. Read More.

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Ex-SEC Commissioners Blame Companies for Long Disclosures

As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) continues its project on simplifying corporate disclosure requirements, two of the agencies’ former commissioners say companies shoulder some of the blame for the disclosures’ length. At a U.S. Chamber of Commerce conference on July 29th, ex-SEC head Cynthia Glassman commented that the documents are often more for protection from litigation than educating investors, especially if the disclosure is in electronic form. Glassman said if a company had an executive summary that could link to additional disclosures, then a lawsuit could be created since it was considered incomplete. While companies try to cover. Read More.

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Corp Fin’s Higgins Discusses Disclosure Rules Project

Looking to improve company filings and other information important to investors, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Division of Corporation Finance’s Keith Higgins announced that the agency will continue work on its long-term project to simplify disclosure rules by tackling smaller changes first. At a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-hosted (“the Chamber”) event on July 29th, the director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (“Corp Fin”) remarked that his staff is currently brainstorming smaller changes that are clear and can be completed faster than more complicated items. Made a top priority by SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the disclosure. Read More.

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Rep. Maloney Introduces Controversial Disclosure Bill to House

Resembling a 2010 bill enacted by California, H.R. 4842, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014, was recently introduced in the House of Representatives. The proposed bill requires U.S. public companies with $100 million in yearly sales to submit annual reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) detailing their efforts to recognize suppliers that use slaves, forced labor or children for producing goods. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the bill’s sponsor, remarked that the requirement would inform consumers on what measures companies are taking to stop illegal labor practices, and reaffirms such businesses to communicate what. Read More.

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