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Navy Bribery Scandals Highlight the Importance of Enforcing a Code of Conduct

There are a wide range of business opportunities available for supplying, equipping and servicing the U.S. Navy's more than 323,000 active personnel, 290 ships and over 3,700 aircraft around the world. Unfortunately, this...more

NBA Scores Hit With Music Video Fan Code of Conduct – Why Not Apply The Same Concept To Business Ethics Training?

I haven’t been to an Atlanta Hawk’s basketball game this season, but apparently they are heating it up with their video fan Codes of Conduct. In November, the Hawks released a video Code of Conduct, modifying Robin Thicke’s...more

Really? Requiring Someone To Use Information “Fairly And Lawfully” Can Be Illegal?

Companies have lots of very good reasons for adopting codes of conduct. These reasons include: - Ensuring compliance with applicable exchange listing rules (e.g., NYSE Rule 303A.10 and NASDAQ Rule 5610); -...more

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

NLRB Strikes Down Hospital's Rule Prohibiting Negativity and Gossip Among Employees

In its continuing trend to foray into non-union workplaces, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) struck down another neutral and common employment policy. On April 1, 2014, in Hills and Dales Gen....more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part IV

This is the fourth and final installment of my series on the the importance of a Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures in your compliance program and how you should go about drafting or...more

Code of Ethics | Code of Conduct - What's the Difference?

The terms "Code of Ethics" and "Code of Conduct" are often mistakenly used interchangeably. They are, in fact, two unique documents. Codes of ethics, which govern decision-making, and codes of conduct, which govern...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part III

Today, I continue with Part III of my four-part series on the best practices surrounding your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption policies and procedures. In this post, I take a look at drafting policies and procedures. I...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part II

This week, I am reviewing the importance of a Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures in your compliance program and how you should go about drafting or updating Code of Conduct and...more

Code of Conduct, Compliance Policies and Procedures-Part I

For the remainder of this week, I will have a four-part episode on your Code of Conduct and anti-corruption compliance policies and procedures. In today’s post I will review the underlying legal and statutory basis for the...more

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

A whistleblower hotline can mitigate unethical workplace behaviour

We get up. We go to work. And each day our working environment is subject to similar challenges that we face in society - differing types of people, cultures, personalities, and unethical behaviour. We juggle this everyday....more

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

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