Ethics and Compliance WIND - April 2014


Ethics and Compliance WIND is your Weekly Industry News Digest for all things compliance. We bring you the latest industry news, so you spend more time staying up-to-date and less time searching.

Protecting Company Data: 4 Must-Ask Questions

In order to minimize your company's risk of losing proprietary data, Texas Lawyer recommends that in-house counsel be involved in the policy design process. Companies are privvy to a wide variety of personal information on both employees and customers, that if compromised would be a huge headache. Check out the full article from Texas Lawyer to find out what 4 key questions you need to ask to build defensible data privacy policies. 

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5 Hard Lessons from a Corporate Whistleblower

Lisa Almonte blew the whistle 5 years ago when she discovered a 250 million dollar illegal deal at her company. As someone who had been hired to manage a multi-billion dollar credit card division based on her previous work as a Six Sigma Black Belt for GE - Almonte had an error rate of less than 3.4 per million(!) transactions - she thought uncovering such a huge liability would be heralded. Instead Almonte learned 5 very hard lessons about becoming a whistleblower.

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How Much Time Do You Have to File a Retaliation Complaint?

In 2008 Ralph Blakney filed a racial discrimination complaint with the EEOC against his employer. By 2011 his mother had grown terminally ill and he voluntarily elected to resign from his company (his compliant still pending investigation). Sometime after his resignation, Blakney lost the case. Blakney made two failed attempts to get reinstated, after which time he filed a retaliation claim with the EEOC. Find out why Blakney's cases were thrown out and the acceptable timeframe for filing a complaint.

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First SEC Whistleblower Sees Award Quadruple

The SEC's first and unnamed whistleblower was initially slated to receive 50,000 thousand dollars based on the quality of information provided and the expected collections the information would bring in. However, earlier this month when the whistleblower received their award the amount was four times the original amount. According to the SEC they were able to collect an additional 500,000 thousand dollars, increasing the whistleblower award.

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