Code of Conduct

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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

What’s In Your Code?

“Too legalistic.” “Boring.” “Hard to understand.” “Just a CYA for the company.” These are all real comments my Advisory Services team members and I have heard from employees at hundreds of organizations with relation to their...more

Claim Against Solicitors Summarily Dismissed by Reason of Advocate's Immunity

Advocate's immunity is a valuable defence for solicitors and barristers preventing the re-litigation of disputes by disgruntled litigants. The recent decision of Stillman v Rushbourne [2014] NSWSC, in which we acted for the...more

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

How Big Does a Company Have to Be to Require a Code of Conduct?

Being in the tech industry, I’ve spent time in and around start-ups and of course I’ve worked for well-established companies as well. So I have firsthand knowledge of how organizations can evolve as they grow, both from a...more

Two Recent FTC Cases Demonstrate the Antitrust Risk of Association Codes of Ethics

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered into consent orders with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the California Association of Legal Support Professionals (CALSPro). The consent orders highlight...more

SBA Suspends CEO for Providing False Information

After suspending Tony Jimenez, founder and chief executive officer of MicroTechnologies, for five months for providing false information to the agency, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will allow him to resume control...more

Here we go again: Australian government releases draft amendments to the Franchising Code of Conduct

The Australian government has released an exposure draft of amendments to The Trade Practices (Industry Codes – Franchising) Regulations 1998 (the Franchising Code of Conduct) and relevant provisions in the Competition and...more

Amendments to the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP)

The Gambling Commission has recently published part one of three publications detailing the changes to be introduced to the LCCP to coincide with the new point of consumption regime in Great Britain. Parts two and three are...more

Infographic: New EEOC Stats Show Critical Need for Improved Workplace Harassment Training

I personally find harassment and discrimination to be a very frustrating issue. We all know we shouldn’t do it. It’s intuitive. We learn from a very early age to treat people with kindness and to not discriminate, and yet,...more

Franchising Update - Winds of Change Arrive

In previous Franchising Updates, we reported on the Wein Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) and the Abbott Government's response to the recommendations in the Wein Report. On 2 April 2014, the Government...more

Code of Conduct, Training & Policies: Three Keys to Building a Culture That Values Ethics & Prevents Retaliation

We all know we’re supposed to have an ethical culture, just like we all know we’re not supposed to follow the dress code and we’re supposed to turn in our expense reports on time. But in the crazy, hectic, fast-paced way of...more

NLRB Finds That Employer Unlawfully Disciplined Employees For Their Use Of The Employer’s Email System, But Upholds Employer’s...

In California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed a split ruling regarding the employer’s alleged discriminatory conduct and employee conduct policy. The NLRB first...more

Proposed New MSRB Rule on Standards of Conduct for Municipal Advisors

On January 9, 2014 the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) issued proposed Rule G-42 on the standards of conduct and duties of municipal advisors when engaging in municipal advisory activities other than making...more

Compliance Communicator - February 2014

MEMO TO MANAGERS - Making the Most of Our Code of Conduct - As you know, the company has a number of ethics and compliance resources in place to ensure that everyone understands our expectations and standards....more

LIBOR Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Procedure Released by ICE Benchmark Administration

On February 3, The ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) revised and published the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) code of conduct for contributing banks and a LIBOR whistleblowing procedure. These documents relate to...more

Two Recent FTC Cases Demonstrate the Antitrust Risk of Association Codes of Ethics

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently entered into consent orders with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the California Association of Legal Support Professionals (CALSPro). The consent orders highlight...more

Professional and Trade Association Codes of Ethics Can Lead To Antitrust Trouble

Professional and trade associations contribute to the public welfare in many ways, including disseminating information, promoting research, developing standards and spurring industry initiatives. But such associations...more

6 Tips for an Effective Code of Conduct

Many companies establish a Code of Conduct as either a matter of course in connection with their compliance program, or because they are legally required to implement one. However, not much value is gained from a code...more

Why Your Code Must Be Your Ultimate Policy

I recently had an opportunity to participate in a discussion about what the next generation Code of Conduct looks like and why organizations should care. This topic has been brought up by many organizations that I interact...more

Prosecutor’s Tweets May Have Been Improper but Did Not Deprive Defendant of Fair Trial

Last month, the Missouri Court of Appeals published its opinion holding that criminal defendant David Polk is not entitled to a new trial. Although the prosecutor may have acted improperly by posting trial updates via...more

Judge Finds Illinois Insurance Department's Policy Prohibiting Offshoring To Be Improper Rulemaking

On November 27, 2013, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois issued an Order in a lawsuit filed by the American Council of Life Insurers, Inc. ("ACLI") v Andrew Boron, Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance and...more

2013 Corporate Governance and Compliance Hotline Benchmarking Report

Every year I look forward to the publication of our annual benchmarking report and this year is no exception. We began publishing this report in 2006 with the hopes that it would help Compliance professionals better...more

End of Year Checklist

As 2013 comes to an end, it's time for Australian employers start actioning their end of year employment checklist. 1. Annual Shutdowns - Many Modern Awards require employers to provide a minimum of four weeks'...more

Plato, Aristotle And Codes Of Conduct

It was once observed that all western philosophy is but a mere footnote to the works of Plato. However others believe that his student Aristotle merits equal standing....more

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