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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

PSAC Releases Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct

On October 30, 2013, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) released a Hydraulic Fracturing Code of Conduct for Canada. Eleven PSAC members with hydraulic fracturing operations in Canada helped create the Code...more

Codes of Ethics: SEC Requirements

Your good client Socrates is on the line. Socrates — who gave up a promising career in philosophy to take up professional soccer — has an ethics question for you. No, he is not asking you to explain Stoicism, Epicureanism or...more

SAC Insider Trading Case May Hit Closer to Home than You Think

This week’s announcement that SAC Capital Advisors will pay a record-breaking penalty of $1.8 billion (USD) for insider trading violations may not have been a surprise to anyone following the case - after all, the hedge...more

Five Tips For Addressing Disruptive Physician Behavior

Recently, a colleague and I spoke at the NAMSS 37th Educational Conference & Exhibition to nearly 200 medical directors, chief medical officers, and credentialing staff about what constitutes disruptive physician conduct in...more

New York County Lawyers’ Association Issues Ethics Opinion Restricting Attorneys From Claiming Dodd-Frank Bounties

One of the more well-publicized parts of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank) is a whistleblower program that provides bounty payments to individuals who voluntarily provide...more

Reliance On Inapplicable Code Of Ethics Cannot Support CEPA’s Reasonable Belief Standard, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

In Hitesman v. Bridgeway Inc., 430 N.J. Super. 198 (App. Div. March 22, 2013), the New Jersey Appellate Division held that an employee’s difference of opinion with his health care employer, concerning the steps the hospital...more

Australia: Commonwealth Government Responds To The Review Of The Franchising Code Of Conduct

The Australian Government has released its response to the review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (Report) and has accepted in full or in principle the majority of recommendations made by the independent reviewer and...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 11, Issue 3 (Summer 2013)

In This Issue: Not Just a Flook? Consideration of Prior Art When Evaluating Subject Matter Eligibility; The USPTO Adopts New Rules of Professional Conduct; and Trademark Functionality in the Beverage...more

Bad Things Come In Threes For CCOs

It is often said that bad things come in threes. I have often wondered where this phrase came from. ...more

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