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Five Ways to Bring Your Firm's Culture Into the Recruiting Process

As the pool of top associate talent has decreased over the past several years due to reduced numbers of experienced midlevel associates, increased opportunities for in-house positions, and declining law school enrollment, the...more

Spikes in Sales and Compliance

What is risk and how should it be evaluated? What is the data that should be reviewed to determine if an increase in sales is based on unethical or even illegal behavior? Finally, what happens when you migrate company...more

Trust deficits: the new normal?

In this final stage of research, Populus delve deeper and find out whether business leaders, politicians and media commentators believe that trust can really be rebuilt using the propositions made by The Oxford University...more

Rebuilding Trust in Business: DLA Piper's Recommendations

In 2011, DLA Piper embarked upon an in-depth research programme to shed light on the precarious state of trust in order to help our clients, and the wider business community, better understand the issues and play their part...more

The Myths Surrounding Ethics and Compliance Programs

Chief compliance officers have a difficult job. That is a real profound grasp of the obvious. CCOs face an unending onslaught of tasks, risks and juggling of concerns and activities. On many respects, a CCO’s job is never...more

Guest Post – Tis Better to Try and Fail, Then to Have Never Tried At All: Internal Corporate Policies Do Not Create a Heightened...

What follows is a guest post by Cara DeCataldo, a Reed Smith associate, who gamely stepped up to the plate to research one of a number of blogging topics that have been hanging fire for some time now. This topic is a type of...more

Infusing Your Compliance Program with Business Ethics

It is important to remember that companies are required to implement an ethics and compliance program. Ethics should not ever be a segregated issue carved off from a compliance program. They walk hand-in-hand, and reinforce...more

When Managing Whistleblower and Retaliation Risk, Tools are Important – Processes and People are Critical

One collection of terms I hear a lot is “tools, processes and people.” All three need to be successfully deployed to make a compliance program run properly while also creating an organizational culture that supports...more

When Tone at the Top Is Missing

We all tend to gloss over a critical requirement for an effective ethics and compliance program – tone-at-the-top. I hate to be dogmatic about the issue but, as Mel Brooks said in the Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 4, Episode...more

When the Compliance Counsel Speaks, CCOs Should Listen

I was recently having breakfast with a colleague and we were discussing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Compliance Counsel Hui Chen and what we believe to be the positive impact she has had on the compliance community,...more

Making Sure Business Ethics Has a Seat at the Table

Everyone likes to cite and talk about the list of horrible scandals. Whether it is Enron, WorldCom, Siemens, GM, VW, Wells Fargo, we pick through the details, cite failures and use it as a springboard to a discussion of...more

Giving for the right reason

A few weeks back, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ross Marino from Rekon Intel and he told me about a non-profit they set up which you can find at www.missionmadeglobal.org. I commend Ross on giving back to the community...more

Conflict Avoidance and Conflict Resolution Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture, Part III: Failing to Address Workplace Conflicts

In part one and part two of this three-part series, we discussed two of the most common traps employers fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving workplace conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk...more

Code of Conduct: Your Corporate Constitution

How important is your company’s code of conduct? We liken it to a corporate constitution—your highest-level policy, from which all of your other policies, procedures and rules derive, and without which you cannot expect to...more

4 Ways Continuous Improvement is Essential to an Effective Compliance Program. Stephen Kasloff Explains [PODCAST]

Stephen Kasloff is Director and Senior Advisor of Compliance & Ethics Solutions LLC and an expert in how continuous improvement is vital to compliance programs. As Stephen explains, continuous improvement is essential to...more

When Lawyers Cross the Line – Breaking Bad Under the Law

While reading the Embraer settlement documents, I read over the facts implicating a senior legal executive and his/her involvement in the Embraer bribery scheme. Truthfully, I had a slight gasp as I read about a fellow lawyer...more

Corporate Corruption, Culture and Compliance (Part II) [Video]

In part II of my interview on CCTV America, The Heat (October 25th), I respond to questions about the hazards which can occur when compliance leaders lose their “line of sight” into the business. I also share my...more

Conflict Avoidance and Conflict Resolution Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture, Part II: Creating a Perception of Unfairness

In part one of this three-part series, we discussed a trap companies often fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations. Part two covers situations that...more

Corporate Corruption, Culture and Compliance (Part I) [Video]

On October 25th, I appeared on CCTV America, The Heat, where I took a deep dive into the issue of corporate corruption in the United States. My co-panelists were Marc Hodak, who counsels corporations as the Founder of...more

Conflict Avoidance and Conflict Resolution Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture Part I

I dedicate a fair portion of my professional life to resolving workplace conflict. While I enjoy helping companies once a crisis has occurred, my preference is to help companies avoid crises in the first place....more

Hiring Without Headaches – A Possibility or Fantasy?

So this week, I’ll be speaking at our firm’s semi-annual Labor & Employment Law seminar. Amazingly, we have reached capacity for this event and are now taking names for a waiting list! Many thanks to all who have signed up. ...more

The C-Suite’s Perspective on Cybersecurity and Liability

Recently, IBM surveyed more than 700 C-Suite executives in 18 industries and 28 countries about their views on cybersecurity. Ninety-four percent of those interviewed believe that their respective companies will experience a...more

FCA proposes new measures to maintain focus on individual accountability and culture in banking

On 28 September 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) marked six months since the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regimes by providing feedback on its implementation so far and proposing measures...more

Class Action Age Discrimination Case Against Google Moves Forward

A software developer in California recently prevailed in a key ruling regarding her lawsuit against Google. The developer, Cheryl Fillekes, originally brought a suit against the multinational technology company in 2015,...more

When Business Supersedes Compliance – A Recipe for Disaster

When looking through the wreckage of a major corporate compliance disaster, it is relatively easy to spot the important events when business needs (or money) are consciously elevated over compliance concerns or even...more

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