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Shareholders Will Get to Trial in Petrobras Corruption Scandal Action

Yesterday I wrote about what may well be the next great bribery and corruption scandal across the globe involving the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). However, the current largest corruption...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

9 Ways Brexit May Affect UK Compliance Regulations

After the UK’s momentous vote to leave the European Union, the country faces two years of exit negotiations and the re-drawing of regulations. So what might Brexit mean for ethics and compliance in the UK?...more

Telemedicine Gains Further Acceptance

Last month the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted ethical guidance related to the practice of telemedicine and telehealth which further expands upon the policy report on Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine [PDF] it...more

The Ethics Advisor: It’s Getting Hot in Here

Ah, summertime. Beaches, BBQs, visits with familia, ethics developments, balmy nights … Wait – ethics? Yes, it’s true. The world of ethics and conflicts of interest es muy caliente this summer, with a couple of...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

Even Though the Supremes Vacated Former Governor McDonnell’s Bribery Conviction, Don’t Even Think of Ditching Your Ethics...

The Supreme Court of the United States voted unanimously on June 27, 2016, to vacate former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s conviction under the federal honest services and extortion statutes. In doing so, the eight...more

I’m not interested in making $$$$ off referrals

Maybe I’m like Larry David, but I have a lot of pet peeves. I hate when people whistle or sing in public. I hate when people talk on the phone in line. I also don’t deal well with working with, working for, and being related...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

10 Items of Note From the 2016 South Carolina Legislative Session

The South Carolina General Assembly completed its 2016 regular session on June 2. The following are highlights from that session. 1. Highway Funding and SCDOT Restructuring - Legislation (S.1258) addressing road...more

ALERT: New York Appellate Court Recognizes In-Firm Privilege

July 7, 2016 David P. Atkins On June 30, 2016, the New York State Appellate Division for the First Department (Manhattan) issued a significant decision on the scope of the so-called in-firm attorney-client privilege....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

Global Trends and Business Ethics

The following is part one of a two-part guest post by Alison Taylor and James Cohen. 2016 is only half-complete, but it’s already been a pivotal year in ethics and compliance. The Panama Papers and Unaoil data leaks...more

Survey Says: Top Three Policy Management Challenges

Using data from our survey of over 1,000 respondents located all over the globe, we produced our 2016 Ethics & Compliance Policy Management Benchmark Report and webinar in May. During the webinar, Carrie Penman and I talked...more

Grand Jury finds Oakland City Council Member Broke Ethics Rules in Interfering With a Housing Development Next Door to Her Home

In a final report issued June 21, 2016, the Alameda County Grand Jury found that an Oakland City Council member used her position and office to advocate for private gain, and not the good of the City, in interfering with the...more

Compliance Meaningfulness: Hard to Achieve, Easy to Destroy

In an article titled, What Makes Work Meaningful- Or Meaningless by Catherine Bailey and Adrian Madden (MIT Sloan Management Review, Summer 2016), the authors focus upon what makes our work meaningful, with research...more

New Arbitrators, New Code of Ethics for the KCAB

Just recently the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) announced both the appointment of new arbitrators and the adoption of a new Code of Ethics for Arbitrators in 2016. Both changes demonstrate the KCAB’s continued...more

New York 2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

The New York state legislature closed out its 2016 legislative session in the early morning hours on Saturday. Although the legislature came up short on a number of big-ticket items, such as comprehensive legislative ethics...more

Compliance Training – Part IV: the Gamification of Compliance Training

I conclude my four-part series on ethics and compliance training today by looking where effective training is going. One of the criticisms leveled by L. V. Anderson, in her Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even...more

Compliance Training – Part III: Effectiveness and Evaluation

This week, I am exploring issues related to compliance and ethics training, inspired by an article in the online publication, Slate, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, by author L.V. Anderson. Today I...more

After the Report: 4 Critical Best Practices for Protecting & Respecting Internal Whistleblowers

One essential element of a strong whistleblower reporting system is often overlooked: communications with reporters—whether reporting anonymously or not—after they have logged their issue or concern. Reporters who feel that...more

Compliance Training – Part II: Risk Ranking and Design

Yesterday I began what I thought would be a two-part series on compliance training.However, or perhaps more accurately, as usual, I got carried away so I am now off on a multi-part series on how to design, implement and...more

Compliance Training, Part I

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

New York State Announces Broad Set of Ethics and Campaign-Finance Reforms

Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State legislative leaders announced agreement on a broad set of ethics and campaign-finance reforms focused on increased disclosure, transparency, and public trust....more

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