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SEC Issues Guidance on Personal Securities Transactions Reporting

On June 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a guidance update on Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act). Rule 204A-1 requires, among other things, certain advisory...more

Cultural and Bottom Line Impact of Rudeness in the Workplace Is Real—and on the Rise

In her recent opinion piece in The New York Times, No Time to Be Nice at Work, Christine Porath asserted that, “how we treat one another at work matters. Insensitive interactions have a way of whittling away at people’s...more

Tone At The Middle: Tone At The Top Is Important, But Tone At The Middle Is Also An Influential Driving Factor

We all know that “tone at the top” is a critical component of a successful compliance program — it’s mentioned as a hallmark in the Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and you see it in headlines, white...more

SEC Staff Provides Guidance to Clarify Application of Rule Requiring Reporting of Personal Securities Transactions by Investment...

In a June 2015 Guidance Update, the staff of the Division of Investment Management clarified how the code of ethics reporting rules apply to investment advisers. Current rules require certain advisory personnel who...more

Channeling John Steed in Your Tone in the Middle

Today we honor a great English actor from one of the 1960s signature television series. Last week, Patrick Macnee died. He was one-half of the crime-fighting duo on The Avengers. As reported in his New York Times (NYT)...more

SEC Division of Investment Management Issues Guidance on Personal Trade Reporting of Accounts Over Which Reporting Persons Have No...

Under Rule 204A-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, a registered investment adviser’s written code of ethics must include requirements for reporting of personal securities holdings and trading activity by the adviser’s...more

The Important Distinction Between Legal and Business Ethics

We all know the jokes about lawyers – I have to repeat just one of them: Q. Why won’t sharks eat lawyers? A. Professional courtesy. The Chief Legal Officer is a vital player in a corporate compliance program. There...more

Another Great Bassist Gone and Tone at the Bottom

As most rock aficionados know, rock music is basically a dialogue between the bass guitar and the drums. With this base line set, the lead guitars and keyboards can go soaring off. That was certainly the formula for Yes. But...more

Bristol Palin, Abstinence and the Compliance Defense

Today Bristol Palin informs the debate on the efficacy of a compliance defense to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). A noted expert on many areas around ethical behavior and family values, Ms. Palin was credited by...more

Our Picks for the Top 10 Ethics and Compliance Articles You Don’t Want to Miss This Month

With so many articles available every month, it’s possible that a few got buried in either your inbox or the bowels of the blogosphere. Here are ten articles you don’t want to miss...more

Ethics in Business: How to Avoid the “Road to Ethical Damnation.”

Of the many periodicals I read and review, I always look forward to Business Compliance, and specifically to the Round Table discussions, where I have had the pleasure and honor of being a prior contributor. This quarter...more

Best Practices for Auditing & Monitoring Your Ethics & Compliance Program

To be defensible, it’s not enough to implement a strong ethics and compliance program. Regulators expect that companies are continually auditing and monitoring their programs and internal controls. Many companies with...more

[Webinar] Leveraging Social Media for a Best Practice Compliance Program - July 14, 1:00 pm EST

Join this webinar, featuring compliance expert Tom Fox, to learn how embracing social media in a smart way can help companies engage employees and enforce any best practice compliance program. You will learn: - Why...more

Real Guidance (Finally) On the Compliance Oversight Role of Boards

New guidance for boards of directors on what it means to have “reasonable oversight” for the implementation and effectiveness of corporate compliance programs could signal the beginning of a global trend towards more—and more...more

That Really Happened? Using Sanitized Cases to Make Ethics & Compliance Concepts Real

Learn how and why to incorporate anonymized ethics and compliance cases into your ethics and compliance program to make E&C concepts real to employees. There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about the use of sanitized...more

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Conflict of Interest and Ethics Tips

Recent developments suggest that businesses looking to fill tables to charitable or other functions should take caution when inviting public office holders. This month, Ontario’s Office of the Integrity Commissioner...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 170-Yas Froemel and Facilitation Payments [Video]

In this episode I visit with Yas Froemel, a PhD student in Germany who has developed and academic interest in facilitation payments. We discuss her work, the Anti-Corruption Forum which she founded and her upcoming conference...more

What’s The Best Channel for Corporate Compliance Training?

OCEG Chairman Scott Mitchell talks with Jimmy Lin, Vice President of Product Management and Corporate Development at The Network, about the different channels available to deliver corporate compliance training....more

[Event] Evolving the Compliance Function: Leveraging Data to Lead the Convergence of Risk, Internal Audit and Ethics & Compliance...

Things are changing fast in the worlds of governance, risk management and compliance. With each day comes bigger corporate risks and the consequences of not seeing them coming. Companies are beginning to embrace “breaking...more

Good People Do Bad Things

It is good to be an optimist. I am sure that optimistic people are happier, more loving and tend to live longer. All of this rings true. But not everyone is an angel, and not everyone at your company is a “good...more

Addressing the New U.K. Senior Managers’ Regime with Proven Compliance Solutions

It’s less than a year to go until the U.K. Senior Managers Regime (SMR) comes into effect (the official date is March 7, 2016). The regime, part of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013, aims to counter the toxic...more

The Ethics Advisor: Watch Out For Technology! The Ethical Use of Technology in Your Role as Public Official

Second in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter* ¡Aguas con el Tech! While the use of technology by elected officials in California may not exactly be...more

The Ethics of Internal Investigations, Domestic and Abroad: Protecting the Attorney Client Privilege during Internal...

The attorney-client privilege and the work product doctrine are two of the oldest and most sacrosanct privileges in the law. The attorney-client privilege protects the functioning of the attorney and client...more

Are your sponsorship and hospitality controls enough to satisfy the FCPA? Maybe not

On May 20, 2015, the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding with global mining /commodities producer BHP Billiton, resolving allegations that the company violated the books and records...more

Estimating the Impact of Employee Engagement in Compliance and Ethics Training

In this on-demand webcast, The ROI of Compliance Training, David Houlihan, Principal Analyst of Blue Hill Research discusses the underlying business needs and dynamics related to the role of employee engagement in the...more

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