The 2015 Affordable Care Act

Posted on December 16th, 2014 by Greg DiFalco

Health Insurance Updates for Employers and Employees

Putting politics and rhetoric aside, tis the season to prepare for the new 2015 Affordable Care Act requirements.

For Employers

Affordable Health Care On January 1, 2015, employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees will be required to provide qualified health care. Businesses within this size category must offer benefits to at least 70% of employees by 2015 and to at least 95% of employees by 2016.

Companies with between 50 and 99 full-time equivalent employees are encouraged to meet the 2015 requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but compliance for companies that fall within this employee range will not be mandatory until 2016.

Employers have specific fiduciary health care responsibilities to their employees. The cost of affordable care can be no more than 9.5% of an employee’s yearly household income. Health plans meet the minimum qualifying value if its benefits cover at least 60% of medical services. Noncompliance results in a $2,000 fee per employee (with the first 30 employees fee exempt). Read more on “The 2015 Affordable Care Act” »


Cybersecurity Awareness: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Posted on November 30th, 2014 by Mitch Avnet

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Just in Time For The Holidays

In the wake of the many highly publicized data-breaches in 2014, our clients have reached out to us for advice and guidance in an effort to increase the overall awareness of Cybersecurity risk within their respective organizations.   Many of these clients are seeking comprehensive training and a robust framework and methodology to conduct Cybersecurity Risk Assessments on a targeted and/or enterprise basis.

The Gift of Cybersecurity Awareness

In early 2014, FINRA and SEC regulated firms caught a glimpse of regulatory focus in the form of targeted examination “sweep” letters focused on Cybersecurity.  Although these letters raised awareness of regulatory focus and concern regarding Cybersecurity within the Broker-Dealer and Investment Adviser communities – most firms are still  “in the dark” in terms of how they should conduct internal Cybersecurity Risk Assessments, ensuring they are meeting regulatory expectations if / when tasked by the FINRA or the SEC to evidence their diligence in this high profile area.
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Jason Wachtel talks to Compliance Week about desired skills for compliance officers

Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

leadership-complianceweekIn today’s Compliance Week, JW Michaels Managing Partner Jason Wachtel discussed the need for compliance officers to have excellent leadership and communication skills.

“Companies are seeking compliance leaders who have the ability to influence others, communicate effectively, and build relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including regulators. “So you want that person to be polished, well-spoken,” says Jason Wachtel, managing partner of executive search firm JW Michaels.”

Wachtel also discussed the increase in the number of companies hiring people who have worked at the SEC. Read more on “Jason Wachtel talks to Compliance Week about desired skills for compliance officers” »


JW Michaels named the 20th fastest growing small business in NYC by Symmetry50

Posted on November 4th, 2014 by Kristy Wright Skeehan



On October 28, JW Michaels & Co. was ranked as the 20th fastest growing company on Symmetry50’s annual list of the top 5o fastest growing small businesses in New York City.

Learn more about how JW Michaels has become so successful and see the full list of companies on Symmetry50’s blog:


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Fred Davis, VP of Risk, speaks at PRMIA career planning event

Posted on November 4th, 2014 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

On November 3, JW Michaels’s Vice President of Risk & Front Office, Fred Davis, was a presenter at an event hosted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) at Columbia University. Along with several other top risk recruitment professionals, Fred provided advice and strategy on making a career move and securing a job and discussed recent hiring trends in the area of Risk.

Check out this great photo of Fred presenting in Columbia’s Davis Auditorium: Read more on “Fred Davis, VP of Risk, speaks at PRMIA career planning event” »


Are you CEO and CCO? : The Genuine Cost of Non-Compliance

Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by Elin Cherry

By Elin Cherry, Compliance Risk Concepts

compliance support neededOn September 18, 2014, the SEC issued a final Order against registered investment adviser – Strategic Capital Group (“SCG”).  The Order was a typical laundry list of wrong doings by SCG:

  • SCG engaged in hundreds of securities transactions with advisory clients on a principal basis through its affiliated registered broker – dealer, RP Capital, LLC (“RP Capital”), without providing prior written disclosure to, or obtaining consent from, the clients.
  • SCG Forms ADV Part 1A filed in 2012 and 2013, SCG incorrectly stated that neither it nor any related person engaged in principal transactions.
  • SCG failed to seek best execution in determining to route its clients’ fixed-income transactions to RP Capital.
  • SCG provided prospective clients advertisements that contained false and misleading claims and disclosures about the performance of SCG’s investment model. The advertisements were also publicly available on * SCG’s website for at least a month.
  • SCG’s Chief Executive Officer, and its Chief Compliance Officer failed to implement SCG’s compliance policies and procedures that were reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Advisers Act.

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End Of Year Compliance Requirements For Broker Dealers

Posted on October 17th, 2014 by Mitch Avnet


End of Year Compliance Requirements For Broker Dealers

As the end of 2014 quickly approaches, this Compliance Bulletin serves as a notice and reminder to Broker Dealers regarding year-end responsibilities that must be executed in accordance with FINRA / SEC regulatory requirements. Reconciling your current “state of compliance” is the most effective way to ascertain your program’s status and ensure your firm continues to meet its ongoing regulatory requirements.

Compliance Bulletin 04-14 includes information on:

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  • FINRA 3012 / 3130 Testing and Certification – Identifying Hot Topic Issues
  • SEC Rule 17a-5 – Annual Compliance Report
  • Independent Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) Test / Review
  • Written Supervisory Procedures (“WSPs”) Review
  • Continuing Education and Branch Office Reviews
  • Annual Compliance Meeting, Registrations and Renewals

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Shift Happens | Corporate Culture For Compliance Hiring

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by Kristy Wright Skeehan


Alternative asset managers are starting to take regulatory compliance more seriously, with a spike in hiring of compliance professionals this year. The shift comes even amid evidence that some managers, especially smaller ones, seem to take a dismissive view toward compliance – an attitude that experts say could cost them dearly in the long run.

Managers are responding by creating and filling new compliance positions, and there’s a lot of activity, says Jason Wachtel, founder and managing partner at JW Michaels & Co., a recruiting firm that specializes in compliance and legal hires. “Across the board, everybody’s hiring,” he says. “I’ve never seen it this busy before.” He expects that pace to continue for the rest of this year and into 2015 and beyond, he adds. 

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JW Michaels ranked #792 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list

Posted on August 21st, 2014 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

Ince. 5000On Wednesday, August 20, Inc. magazine released it’s annual list of the top fastest growing privately held companies. JW Michaels was ranked #792 on the list of 5,000. Inc. has been ranking private companies for 33 years, so this is quite an honor!

We would like to thank all our clients and candidates for making this achievement possible. We’re on track for even greater growth in the near future, and we look forward to making the Inc.‘s top 500 next year!

Check out the full list here:

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Co-founder Justin Mandel discusses the hiring of OFAC staff

Posted on August 13th, 2014 by Kristy Wright Skeehan

Justin MandelIn a recent Bloomberg article, JW Michaels co-founder Justin Mandel discusses the need for compliance executives to have an understanding of the intricacies of US sanctions laws. The need for such expertise has led banks and asset managers to look for compliance staff at the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

Mandel explains, “Having someone who has come directly from those regulatory bodies or otherwise understands the evolving rules and regulations gives firms a significant advantage. OFAC is one of those areas where it’s relevant.”

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