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Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: August 2016 #4

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a transgender discrimination lawsuit brought by the EEOC, citing the company owner’s religious beliefs and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The case involved the termination of a...more

5 Things Compliance Executives Need their Boards to Know

Boards of directors (or their delegated committees) typically allocate very little time to oversight of an organization’s ethics and compliance program during their packed board agendas. It is not at all unusual for the top...more

Facebook’s Campus: A Workplace Reality Like Virtually No Other

Could this place be real? Or is it just a Disney World for work? I mean, people don’t actually get work here, do they? Those were my initial thoughts walking through the campus of Facebook on a recent trip. ...more

6 Organisational Culture Warning Signs You Can’t Afford to Ignore

In a new white paper, Robert Smith, Director, Compliance & Ethics, Serco Group Plc shares a detailed account of the organisation’s journey from scandal back to cultural health—and lessons any organisation can learn from their...more

My Organization's Code of Conduct is Good - How Can I Make It Great?

Too long. Too complicated. Too dense. Sound familiar? If your code of conduct isn’t a document you’re proud to share with your employees, customers, board and C-suite—or if your organization has recently had a big change...more

Rodriguez ‘Retires’ – Lessons for the Compliance Practitioner

Alex Rodriguez announced his retirement from baseball, effective Friday, August 12. In a New York Times (NYT) article he said, “Saying goodbye may be the hardest part of the job,” “But that’s what I’m doing today. As far as...more

What Lawyers Can Learn from Google About Collaboration

Problem: These days productive lawyering, successful onboarding of lateral hires, and effective Legal Project Management (LPM) place a huge premium on effective collaboration, and a recent Harvard Business Review study found...more

Defining the Compliance Mission – More Than Just Preventing Violations

I am not one to beg but I have decided I have nothing to lose here – please, when it comes to compliance, everyone has to adopt a new mantra. The purpose of compliance is not to prevent legal and code of conduct violations....more

John Hancock and Cultural Transformation

On this day in 1776, members of Congress affixed their signatures to an enlarged copy of the Declaration of Independence. Congress adopted the more poetic Declaration of Independence, drafted by Thomas Jefferson, on July 4....more

As National Whistleblower Day Approaches, It’s Time to Reconsider the Term “Whistleblower”

July 30 marks the 238th anniversary of passage of the first congressional protections for whistleblowers in the United States. As they have done in recent years, officials in Washington, D.C., will celebrate the anniversary...more

England Wins 1966 World Cup and How to Lead a Change in Culture

Today we celebrate England’s sole World Cup win that occurred 50 years and two days ago on July 30, 1966. England, the World Cup host, beat West Germany 3-2 in the final. A crowd of 98,000 watched the game end in regulation...more

Preview of NAVEX Global’s 2016 Ethics & Compliance Training Benchmark Survey Findings

In recent years, ethics and compliance training programs have become part of the fabric most of the world’s successful organizations. With that in mind, our third Benchmark Training Report, set for release on July 27, seeks...more

Building a Company Culture of Trust

The messaging behind the need for companies to implement robust compliance programs continues to suffer from a narrow conception of the overall compliance function. It is easy to get lost in the weeds on compliance programs...more

A word of advice, on advice

Are you getting the best advice when it comes to health and safety compliance? When we deliver legal briefings, both in Australia and internationally, top-of-mind for Boards and Senior Executives is the health, safety...more

VW: The Challenge of Whistleblowing

The following guest post is by Wendy Addison. A hand shot up from the lecture hall: ‘I don’t understand’, a young economics undergraduate said, looking perplexed, ‘surely a company’s executives would want to know...more

FINRA to Assess Member Firms’ Culture

Speaking at the Brookings Institution this April, FINRA head Richard Ketchum emphasized the importance of a broker-dealer having a "culture" that favors the firm’s customers when their interests conflict with those of the...more

Six Best Practices to Go Beyond Dutch Whistleblower Compliance

In March 2016 the Dutch Senate passed the “House for Whistleblowers” Act (Huis voor Klokkenluiders) to protect the interests of whistleblowers. This Act came into effect on 1st July. Whilst the rules currently only apply...more

Innovation in Compliance Week – Part V: The Innovation Process

I have been exploring innovation in the compliance function this week. For my final piece I want to consider the innovation process itself. In an article in the MIT Sloan Management Review, entitled “Finding a Lower-Risk Path...more

Innovation in Compliance – Part III: Design Thinking

I continue to explore innovation in the compliance function by considering how design thinking can help the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) move forward in an innovative cutting edge manner to make a compliance program not...more

A Brave New World for Compliance Professionals

In the past, a compliance professional’s role was somewhat limited to ensuring the organization complied with the laws and regulations that govern it. Today, that role has expanded exponentially. Compliance executives...more

An Organizational Response to Global Compliance Challenges

The following is part II of a guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. A consensus has emerged as to what an effective anti-corruption compliance program looks like – its components and success factors. At the same...more

Harry Potter, Whistleblowers and Compliance

One of the things I have enjoyed for years is listening to some of America’s top professors and academics that teach in their subject area of expertise through lectures from the Teaching Company. I just completed the 24...more

VW ‘Dieselgate’ Fueled by Poor Corporate Culture…

…Influenced by poor government regulation. “For a lesson in what not to do in the way of corporate compliance, look at Volkswagen.” So wrote Erika Kelton, a whistleblower attorney and contributor to Forbes....more

The King’s Guitarist and Leadership

We recently lost some legendary musicians. Last week two of the biggest from very different genres left us. They were Scotty Moore and Dr. Ralph Stanley. Today I want to pay tribute to Scotty Moore, recognized by Rolling...more

Harassment Still a Big Problem at U.S. Employers, New EEOC Report Finds

In a new report from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the authors note that they were “deeply troubled” by the persistence of workplace harassment.    According to the workplace harassment statistics cited in the...more

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