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The Mummy and Internal Controls in Locations Outside the US – Part III

Today we celebrate Hammer Film’s version of The Mummy. This was the first film that the Hammer studios made under a license agreement with Universal Pictures, the holder of the copyright of its classic monsters from the 1930s...more

Implementing compliance programme at the emerging markets of the former Soviet Union

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Timur Khasanov-Batirov, Chief Compliance Officer at DTEK and Co-Chairman at Compliance Club of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine. It will be a challenge. I mean to...more

I Need an Automated Policy Management System: Should I Build or Buy?

As many ethics and compliance professionals know all too well, effective management of even a single policy can require significant effort. Managing and coordinating the work of subject-matter experts, reviewers, and...more

Tommy Lewis, Dicky Maegle and the DOJ Call for Individual Prosecutions

Tommy Lewis died this week. For those of you uninitiated in college football, Lewis was an Alabama football player who jumped up off the Alabama bench to tackle Rice University halfback Dicky Maegle, who was scampering...more

Yes, Compliance Programs Still Matter

On September 29, 2014, we asked: “Does a Compliance Program Matter to U.S. Antitrust Enforcers?” After concluding that compliance programs still provide tangible benefits, we offered five factors that companies should...more

Steve Bartman and Internal Controls Outside the US, Part II

Today, we note that 11 years ago, Steve Bartman entered the Chicago Cubs Hall of Infamy. For every baseball fan, if there was ever a but for the grace of God, go thee moment the sad saga of Bartman is it. The Chicago Cubs,...more

Government's Message to Corporate America — "We Want Your Whistleblowers!"

On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Office of the Whistleblower announced that it had issued a $30 million bounty payment to a foreign whistleblower. This award is more than double the...more

Reflecting on the E.U. Ethics & Compliance Landscape: One Year After Opening Our U.K. Office

The growing shift in the E.U. away from piecemeal ethics and compliance programme components and towards a more comprehensive approach is an important and exciting evolution to witness....more

Ringo, Sir Paul and an Effective Compliance Program

Sometimes the universe converges in ways that are beyond my simple comprehension. This past weekend was one of them. It began a few months ago when I saw an advertisement from StubHub that showed Ringo Starr playing in...more

Tribute to Jim McGrath

Ed. Note-Jim McGrath died this week. He was a good friend and a trusted colleague. My thoughts are with his wife, sister and her family and his parents and the rest of us who were privileged to know Jim. ...more

Don’t Bore your Board: Seven Tips for Delivering an Engaging Ethics & Compliance Board Training Experience

If you are like most compliance officers, the thought of training your board on compliance risks may make your heart start beating just a little faster—and the task can quickly start to seem insurmountable. After all, it’s...more

Compliance Challenges: When the Almighty Dollar Rules

Chief Compliance Officers have to recognize one immutable fact – if a company does not make money, compliance does not matter. I know this is hard to fathom but a company’s purpose is to make money. The issue boils down to an...more

5 Halloween Office Celebration Risks To Address In Your Code Of Ethics Training

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For one day out of the 365/366 days of the year, everyone has the opportunity to be anyone or anything they want to be. It’s a blast. Over the last few years, I’ve been “your mom”, a...more

Proposed Reforms to Liver Transplant System Address Disparity, Raise Ethical Questions

Each year over 1,500 individuals in the United States die while waiting for a liver transplantation. Another 1,500 candidates are removed from waiting lists because they are deemed too medically frail to receive a liver. Some...more

Chief Compliance Officer as Chief Persuasion Officer

The roles of a Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) can be many and varied but one role of any successful CCO is that of Chief Persuasion Officer (CPO). I say this because it is often the case that the most a CCO has in his or her...more

"Mandatory Online Ethics Training for New York State Lobbyists"

On September 26, 2014, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced that “Ethics for Lobbyists,” an online ethics training course, is now available. The training course covers ethics rules and...more

Whistleblower verdict upheld against Chicago State University

A Cook County judge recently upheld the verdict in a whistleblower case against Chicago State University. In February 2014, former university employee James Crowley told a jury that Chicago State fired him after he reported...more

An ethics and compliance program in seven steps

Establishing compliant and ethical behaviour among the masses, and regulating against non-compliance is a big step in the fight against fraud and abuse. All organizations have their own unique plan in the running of their...more

Five Strategies For Addressing Social Media Risks (Without Breaking the Bank or Using Up Valuable Seat Time)

We continue to be entertained and perplexed by the faux pas of employees who contribute on social media. The truisms that “nothing goes away…ever” and “there’s no such thing as private” are often forgotten in the moment when...more

Using Social Media? Beware of Ethical Pitfalls (Part 2)

With the increasing use of social media by attorneys comes ethical risk. In Part 1 of the blog post, we discussed the risks involved with posting about ongoing matters and blogging without a disclaimer. Here are more tips to...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 96-interview with Karen Schuder on the teaching of business ethics [Video]

In this episode I interview doctoral candidate Karen Schuder on her research into the teaching of business ethics. ...more

Creation of Yosemite and Putting Compliance at the Center of Strategy

On this day in 1890, an act of Congress created Yosemite National Park, home of such natural wonders as Half Dome and the giant sequoia trees. Environmental trailblazer John Muir (1838-1914) and his colleagues campaigned for...more

Ireland Takes Big Step in Protecting Whistleblowers

Earlier this year, the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 was enacted in Ireland to protect whistleblowers across all sectors of the Irish economy. Transparency International Ireland has lobbied for whistleblower legislation in...more

Boost Your Ethics and Compliance Training Efficacy: Borrowing from the Broken Window Theory to Prevent Unethical Behavior from...

The “broken window theory” is a social science or criminology theory that essentially states maintaining physical urban settings in good order will stop vandalism before it occurs. When Rudy Guiliani became mayor of New York,...more

Five easy steps to implement a whistleblower hotline

In 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... The ACFEs 2014 Report to the Nations states that the most effective method for reducing workplace fraud is to implement an ethics hotline to allow and encourage employees, customers, and...more

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