From the October 2009 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

No Work Allowed!

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  • The Custody Rule and its Ramifications When an RIA takes custody of a client’s funds or securities, risk to that individual increases dramatically. Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act (better known as the Custody Rule), was passed to protect clients from unscrupulous investors.
  • Conducting Due Diligence of Sub-Advisors and Third-Party Advisors Engaging in due-diligence of sub-advisors isn’t just a recommended best practice— it is part of the fiduciary obligation to a client. An RIA should be extremely reluctant to enter a relationship with a sub-advisor who claims the firm’s strategy is proprietary.

The use of furloughs is increasingly popular throughout many industries, but when employees are furloughed, the employer must make it clear that the employee must not do any work whatsoever. Given the myriad of remote access devices that we all have these days (including laptops, PDAs, e-mail, voice mail), it is likely that some exempt employees will be inclined to check their e-mail, return phone messages, or otherwise "work" while on furlough. However, as exempt employees are entitled to pay for any workweek in which any work is performed, employers should clearly advise that work is not authorized during any furlough period without advance written approval.

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