Amanda Nieweler

WhistleBlower Security

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Popular Frauds - protect your organization

One Fraud... Two Fraud... Three Fraud... No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny due to fraud. Fraud costs organizations more if it's...more

9/19/2014 - Bribery Compliance Corruption Fraud Misappropriation White Collar Crimes

Here's why Whistleblowing should be on your priority list

The G20 Say... "Priority number one: whistleblowing" - Whistleblower protection laws have been in place for over two decades in some countries. But it's only recently that affective laws and procedures have begun to be...more

9/18/2014 - Anti-Corruption Chief Compliance Officers Compliance G20 Whistleblowers

The public is tired of governmental mismanagement

Let the elections begin - Ontario is deep in municipal election campaigns across the province. One issue without question within Ontario governments is the need to address an increasingly aged and inadequate public...more

9/18/2014 - Canada Governmental Liability Infrastructure Mismanagement

NFL needs to dust off that ol' Code of Conduct and reintroduce themselves

Who doesn't love football? NFL or CFL, when our favourite team runs onto the field, we start cheering at the television. Second on the headlines for us in BC is weather Travis Lulay will return to the BC Lions with yet...more

9/16/2014 - Code of Conduct Compliance NFL

Four steps to manage your whistleblower complaints

How do you manage your whistleblower complaints? Getting employees to speak up when they see signs of wrongdoing is hard. Many employees struggle with initially "taking the plunge" (because that's how it may feel) for...more

9/16/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Employer Liability Issues Ethics FCPA Popular Whistleblowers

The ethics of "women only" catered businesses - gender discrimination

Can a business gender discriminate? Is that ethical? New York is what I call "taxi town". There's more taxis than personal cars. Much like London and their Black Cabs flying past in the opposite direction. NY offers...more

9/11/2014 - Gender Discrimination

Whistleblower Hotline: Internal vs. Outsourced

There's a lot to consider when getting ready to launch a whistleblower system. What policies and codes need to be developed to support the system? What types of reporting do you need? How do you measure success? And of...more

9/10/2014 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Should internal whistleblowers be incentivized? To some degree yes!

Most employees who report wrongdoing internally do it because they believe something will be done about it. Most employees, who would potentially blow the whistle, feel that if their whistleblowing actions have a positive...more


How not to submit a claim with the SEC: Use a whistleblower hotline instead

Some people will go to great lengths to claim they are entitled to a whistleblower reward based on evidence they have. I know, shocker right? An example of this is via a commission order, dated August 29, 2014, that...more

9/4/2014 - FCA Prudential Regulation Authority SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

How due diligence plays a role in anti-corruption compliance

With the increasing frequency and expanding scope of enforcement globally, organizations need to devote plenty of attention to anti-corruption due-diligence of third-parties that they engage. The value of due diligence is...more

9/3/2014 - Anti-Corruption Chief Compliance Officers Compliance DOJ Due Diligence Enforcement Ethics FCPA Fraud Risk Assessment Risk Management SEC Third-Party Third-Party Risk UK Bribery Act

How not to ignore ethics, in one simple lesson

Need a ride home? Obviously there's an app for that! Get out your smart phone, find your bookmarked app, and instantly get connected with a driver who will come pick you up from your current location, and drop you off...more

8/29/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Ethics

How to improve fraud detection in 10 easy steps

No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny. That vulnerability is more significant with the increase of occupational fraud stimulated by today's tough...more

8/26/2014 - Best Management Practices Fraud Hotlines Internal Investigations Theft Training

Scientific Fraud: an acute malady - don't be blinded by it

It seems lately that the healthcare industry has had some horrible and ghastly press time in the media. It's unfortunate that there a number of people who seem to partake in questionable activities that flood the industry...more

8/22/2014 - Federal Grants Fraud Healthcare Medical Research NIH

Dear organization XYZ, you need a whistleblower program - Here's why

If an organization responds quickly to allegations brought on by a whistleblower, this is an opportunity - handed on a silver platter - for that organization to be proactive and take charge of the alleged issue(s). This, in...more

8/21/2014 - Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies

Using Social Media to Fight Graft and Governmental Mismanagement

It's not easy to be a whistleblower. It's even harder to be a whistleblower if you are a Chinese high-level official calling out another high-level official, and doing it on social media. Thousands of Chinese swarmed...more

8/18/2014 - CFDA Popular Social Media Whistleblowers

Double Tax Bill: An Ethical Dilemma or a Bunch of Fraud?

Situation hopeless, but not serious...well maybe a little. $1.6 million serious. Hollywood icon, Robert Redford, is suing the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance claiming 'double taxation' - being over...more

8/15/2014 - Double Taxation Fraud State Taxes

Financial fraud & your money - Bank fines are costing us!

I recently read a small discussion in LinkedIn where the author comments about the fact that since 2009, banks have been fined $128 billion...uhm, that's real dollars. Not funny money. This discussion was initiated in the...more

8/14/2014 - Bank Fraud Banks Canada Fraud

FAA investigates Southwest Airlines after whistleblower comes forward

A former Southwest Airlines cargo manager was allegedly fired for blowing the whistle on the unsafe transportation of hazardous materials on Southwest Airlines' passenger planes. The whistleblower, Jeffrey Bondurant, also...more

8/13/2014 - Compliance FAA Hazardous Substances Southwest Airlines Whistleblowers

Did Governmental Mismanagement Cause a Dam to Burst? Mount Polley Mine

Mount Polley mine is operated by Imperial Metals and is an open-pit copper and gold mine with a four kilometre-wide tailings pond built with an earthen dam. It's located in central BC, west of Williams Lake and near the...more

8/8/2014 - Canada Contaminated Properties Minerals Mining

Managing whistleblower complaints

Getting employees to actually speak up and report when they see signs of wrongdoing can be hard. Many times if wrongdoing is happening in the workplace, there are employees who know it's happening. Yet perhaps they don't have...more

7/28/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues Investigations Risk Assessment Whistleblowers

An Effective Whistleblower Program | The Basics

A recent article in the Internal Auditor told the story about how an anonymous tip lead to the dismissal of Richmond, VA's head of finance. Investigations by the city auditor found the employee had become eligible for just...more

7/28/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Whistleblowers

What does a fraudster look like? | Profile of Fraud

I recently read an article on ACFE Insights that talked about the profile of a fraudster. It came with lots of interesting statistics. It talked about how performance, processing, reporting and analyzing of data...more

7/28/2014 - Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Fraud

Before there was Snowden | The other Whistleblowers who came forward

Let's introduce Bill Binney, who used to work at the NSA for nearly 30 years as one of its leading crypto-mathematicians. Following that, he became one of its leading whistleblowers. Seven years ago one July morning, a...more

7/28/2014 - Edward Snowden Espionage Act Federal Employees NSA Surveillance Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Organizations need to be "Internal Fraud Aware"

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) knows how devastating fraud can be to an organization. The company, and its executives, have been accused by the Chinese government of funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to...more

7/25/2014 - Best Management Practices C-Suite Executives China Code of Conduct Employer Liability Issues Ethics Fraud GlaxoSmithKline Hiring & Firing Internal Controls Internal Investigations Physicians Training

Do you have a whistleblower culture? You should!

Every organization should strive for honesty amongst its employees and stakeholders. This element allows for complete dedication to the organization's mission, and success. Encouraging a whistleblowing culture within the...more

7/25/2014 - Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Employer Liability Issues Ethics Whistleblower Awards Whistleblower Hotlines Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

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