Cindy Knezevich

Cindy Knezevich

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3 Depressing Conclusions in E&Y’s Global Fraud Report – More Anti-Bribery Training, Internal Controls Required

I just finished reading Ernst & Young’s “Growing Beyond: A Place For Integrity”, the company’s 12th Global Fraud Survey. It’s pretty sobering, but I’m trying to find some glimmers of hope in it. Don’t get me wrong; the...more

8/22/2014 - Bribery BRIC Chief Compliance Officers Compliance DOJ Ernst & Young FCPA Fraud UK

Why, After Mercedes, NCAA, Audi, Keurig, You Should Move Your Antitrust Training to The Front Burner

Let’s talk a little more about antitrust training. Since I wrote my first blog on it a few weeks ago, several more antitrust stories have hit the headlines. Just yesterday we discovered that China will fine Audi about $40...more

8/20/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Audi Compliance Keurig Inc Mercedes-Benz NCAA Training

Happy Birthday Dodd-Frank: The Whistleblower Program Milestones and How They’ve Impacted Business Ethics Training

Did you have some cake? Break out the balloons? While it’s hard to believe, it is true. Our little Dodd-Frank, signed into law by President Obama in 2010, is already four years old and about ready for pre-school. Although we...more

8/18/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Dodd-Frank Ethics Popular Training Volcker Rule Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

LinkedIn Compliance Settlement Highlights Why Wage and Hour Training Is So Critical

Last week, the Department of Labor announced that LinkedIn paid nearly $6 million ($3.3 million in back wages and $2.5 in liquidated damages) to 359 employees in back wages and damages for unpaid overtime, after an...more

8/15/2014 - Compliance Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FLSA LinkedIn Training Wage and Hour Wages

Who Should Take Conflict of Interest Training?

The other day I wrote about antitrust training and I opened with describing how it is one of the less popular training topics, or at least I perceive it to be. I never thought I’d get remotely interested in something like...more

8/8/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Conflicts of Interest Training

The Majors, The Minors and Antitrust Training

In my last antitrust training blog, I admitted I didn’t know much about it and that I frankly thought of the topic as much less popular than others in most ethics and compliance training libraries. After writing about it,...more

8/5/2014 - Antitrust Provisions Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Ethics

Millennial-proofing HR, IT and Compliance Training Programs

Here it comes, another blog on millennials. Are you tired of hearing about them yet? I know I’m getting tired of them, and they’re only now just starting their infiltration of our workplaces. I remember when it felt cool to...more

8/4/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Human Resources Professionals Training

4 Essentials Your Prevention of Workplace Violence Training Must Cover to Build a Safer Workplace

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Marc McElhaney of Critical Response Associates last year when he helped our company create our Preventing Workplace Violence training course. Dr. McElhaney is a highly respected expert in...more

7/29/2014 - Employer Liability Issues OSHA Safety Precautions Workplace Hazards

Tailor Your Antitrust Training To Effectively Combat Risk

When we think about compliance training, we typically conjure up the popular topics: sexual harassment training, anti-bribery training, code of ethics training…the superstars, the popular kids. The courses that most employees...more

7/25/2014 - Antitrust Provisions Compliance Risk Management Training

Three Security Awareness Training Findings That Will Surprise You

As providers of ethics and compliance training solutions, we never tire of discussing topics like anti-bribery training, sexual harassment training, code of ethics training… and so many more. Lately, we have seen a real...more

7/22/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Cybersecurity Ethics Security Training

UK Companies See The Value of The Code of Conduct As A Promotional Tool – Do You?

I came across this excellent article by The Red Flag Group called “Compliance Pulse: Codes of Conduct in the UK – A study of 100 codes of the largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.” The article outlines a...more

7/21/2014 - Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers Code of Conduct Ethics Marketing Transparency UK

4 Ways Compliance Can Leverage Social Media (Provided Social Media Training is Included)

I’m still combing through the PwC “State of Compliance” survey. It’s very well done; if you haven’t had a chance to read it, I recommend you take the time. I’ve you’ve read my recent blogs, you know I have social media on the...more

7/21/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Popular Social Media Social Media Policy Training

Nature Or Nurture? Use Code of Ethics Training, Annual Culture Assessments to Nurture Ethical Culture

I’ve been getting more involved with our company’s social media presence lately, which is quite the double-edged sword. On the plus side, my team is very happy, I’m finding loads of great content and wonderful subject matter...more

7/18/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Culture Ethics

5 Elements Your Code Of Ethics Training Should Address

I read an article in EthicsMonitor by Cynthia Schoeman called How to Crack Your Company’s Code of Ethics. Cynthia makes some good points about Codes of Ethics that align with our thinking about what good employee training...more

7/14/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Employer Liability Issues Ethics Training

3 Questions To Help Develop Ethics and Compliance KPIs (Beyond Business Ethics Training Scores and Whistleblower Hotline Calls)

It’s no secret that ethics and compliance professionals struggle with measuring the effectiveness of their programs. Sometimes the “well, we have to do it anyway” mentality can preclude any attempt at real measurement and...more

7/10/2014 - Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Corporate Governance Employment Policies Ethics Training Whistleblower Hotlines Whistleblowers

Does Your Company Align Compliance Training To An Annual Ranking of Risks?

PwC came out with their annual State of Compliance survey, which is always well done, and has given me lots of fodder for upcoming blogs. I found the below illustration in the accompanying “chart pack” and found it...more

7/9/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Training

Does Your Compliance Training Inspire Employees to Follow Rules or Follow Values?

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal wherein Michael McMillan, director of ethics and professional standards at the CFA Institute, was interviewed and discussed the difference between following the rules and behaving...more

7/3/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Employer Liability Issues Ethics Training

Three Key Points Your Social Media Training Should Cover

I read a report by Forrester Research, Inc. Analyst Nick Hayes called “Revamp Your Social Media Guidelines To Govern Today’s Social Enterprise” (June 2014). Nick makes some excellent points about why it is so important to...more

7/2/2014 - Employment Policies Social Networks Training

More Fallout From American Apparel: CEO Refused Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training

Let it never be said that ethics and compliance is a dull field. Some of the stories that happen in it are worthy of Hollywood. In my last post about American Apparel firing CEO Dov Charney, I wrote that this happened after...more

7/1/2014 - American Apparel Board of Directors Employer Liability Issues Ethics Hiring & Firing Internal Investigations Sexual Harassment Training

Four Reasons Why Employee Social Media Training Is Essential (Hint: It’s Not Just About Compliance!)

And before I forget, let’s make that effective social media training, shall we? Pam Moore wrote this great article “Social Media Policy & Governance: 17 Tips to Mitigate Social Business Risk.” It’s quite insightful and...more

6/27/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Ethics Marketing Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Social Networks Training

The CIA’s Epic Failure in Protecting Employees: Culture of Accountability Begins with Mandatory Workplace Harassment Training and...

You’ve probably seen the multiple stories and blogs that were published last week on the sad state of the workplace at the CIA. I read this post on the PBS Newshour site, noting that 15 CIA employees were found to have...more

6/25/2014 - Bullying CIA Compliance Harassment Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment Training

Why BoDs and CEOs Need Workplace Harassment Training Too: American Apparel’s Board and CEO Violated Their Own Code of Ethics

I was driving home Wednesday evening, listening to the news on the radio, when I heard the story about Dov Charney, the CEO of American Apparel, being fired by the company’s board of directors. According to that story and...more

6/24/2014 - Board of Directors C-Suite Executives Chief Compliance Officers Code of Conduct Compliance Ethics Harassment Training

Who Owns Business Ethics Training and Code of Conduct: The Divide Between HR & Ethics and Compliance

The title of this blog caught my eye; I just finished reading it and knew you’d enjoy it. “Ethics and the HR department – a Happy Marriage?” by Polly Foley, senior researcher at the Institute of Business Ethics, is about of...more

6/20/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Corporate Culture Employer Liability Issues Ethics Human Resources Professionals Training

Should Freelancers Take Code of Ethics Training Too?

I read this article on Fortune yesterday, titled “Why Freelancers Need a Code of Ethics.” We focus so much on companies and larger organizations that it never occurred to me that the freelance industry would be thinking about...more

6/17/2014 - Consultants Employer Liability Issues Ethics Risk Management Training

Code of Ethics Training is Worth it! Five Measurable Components of Corporate Culture

This may be my final post-Compliance Week update – I haven’t decided yet. But I’m excited to share thoughts about another session that had some great ideas and discussion. It was about the notion of measuring corporate...more

6/12/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Code of Conduct Compliance Corporate Culture Ethics

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