Compliance Communicator - January 2014

Compliance Communicator is designed to engage middle management and ensure that ethics and compliance are top of mind and instilled in the everyday work environment. Use this valuable resource in whatever manner suits you best – copy and paste parts of it into e-mails or presentations, post sections on your website, or forward the entire newsletter to your staff. The content has been written by the advisory services division of NAVEX Global, the Ethical Leadership Group.

Ethics and Compliance Investigations
It’s important to us that our ethics and compliance program keeps pace with changes in our company and our industry. We need to continually reassess whether or not our policies, training and communications are addressing the right risks and reaching the right people.
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Q & A

Q: I just learned that a good friend of mine at work has been accused of sexual harassment and that an investigation is being launched. I can’t believe it’s true and I think it’s only fair that I give my friend an advance warning or a ‘heads up’ so he can defend himself. Don’t I have a responsibility, as a friend, to tell him?

A: Under no circumstances should you give him a ‘heads up.’ Your friend will be given the opportunity to respond to these allegations and every effort will be made to conduct a fair and impartial investigation. An allegation of sexual harassment is a very serious matter with implications, not only for the individuals involved but also for the company. Alerting your friend could jeopardize the investigation and expose the company to additional risk and possible costs. READ MORE

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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