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Employment Law Commentary - Volume 27, Issue January 2015: Landmines To Avoid In Conducting Workplace Investigations

With alarming regularity, employers find themselves in the unenviable position of having to investigate workplace complaints made by their employees. These complaints can range from informal allegations of harassment or...more

Deflategate: Will the NFL Fumble Another Internal Investigation?

Conducting a proper in-house investigation into allegations of misconduct is no simple task – especially at the NFL. Last year, the NFL was reprimanded in the public arena for allegedly mishandling the investigation into...more

"Balancing Protection of Information With Employee Rights in Confidentiality Policies"

The developing law on employer confidentiality policies underscores the tension between an employer's ever-increasing need to protect confidential information and an employee's established right to discuss terms and...more

Never Let Them See You Coming—Keys to Setting Up Witnesses Interviews In An Internal Investigation

“So you are the great lawyer I’ve been told about!  But, you are so young!  I was expecting an old lawyer.” With those words, the silver-haired senior-level executive of the customs broker I was investigating for bribery let...more

Implied Waiver of Privilege in Internal Investigations: Barko Court Compels Production of Internal Investigation Documents, Again

On November 20, 2014, the District Court for the District of Columbia once again ordered Kellogg, Brown and Root (“KBR”) to produce all documents prepared as part of an internal investigation.  The District Court’s decision...more

Employee investigation tips

Employers investigate all sorts of odd or disturbing claims. Knowing how to properly investigate these claims is critical. A recent case from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals put this on full display....more

Media Company Charged with Frat House Atmosphere in Sexual Harassment Suit

A nationwide media company is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming the "adult frat house" culture of its southern California office contributed to multiple instances of sexual harassment by male employees against...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 122-with Matt Kelly on Alstom, Avon and Petrobras [Video]

In this episode, Compliance Week Editor-in-Chief Matt Kelly and I discuss the Avon and Alstom FCPA enforcement actions and then take a look at the ongoing Petrobras corruption scandal and what it means for Brazil. ...more

Judge Will Allow Dow Whistleblower to File Wrongful Termination Suit

A federal judge is allowing an ex-fraud investigator for Dow Chemical Co. to pursue a wrongful termination claim. Kimberly Wood, who had worked for 25 years at Dow before the company fired her in October, alleges that the...more

Uncovering the “Why” in FCPA Compliance Issues [Video]

Jan. 8, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- With the consequences of FCPA noncompliance ranging from “huge” to “catastrophic,” compliance should be top-of-mind for U.S. companies doing business with third-party intermediaries and...more

Germany in the World Cup and the Alstom FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

“It was important that we played our game for 90 minutes.” That line was found in a The Daily Telegraph article entitled “The unthinkable scoreline: Brazil 1, Germany 7” by Jeremy Wilson. It was a quote from Mats Hummels,...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 117-the Avon FCPA Enforcement Action [Video]

In this episode I take a deep dive into the recent concluded Avon FCPA enforcement action. ...more

The Avon FCPA Settlement – Part III

Today I conclude my 2014 blog posts with a final look at the Avon Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Before getting to the key lessons that a compliance practitioner may draw from this enforcement...more

The Avon FCPA Settlement, Part II

I am back from my holiday break and am looking forward to many good ideas for blogs in the coming year. However before we get to 2015, I have to finish out some matters from 2014. Today I continue my look at the Avon Foreign...more

The Avon FCPA Settlement, Part I

It is finally done. The long awaited Avon Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action is on the books. I would say what a long, strange trip it has been but that does not really seem to capture everything that...more

Compliance Training for Employees: Trends in GRC [Video]

In this video, OCEG Chair Scott Mitchell asks The Network’s VP of Product Management and Corporate Development, Jimmy Lin, to discuss how training is impacting the perception of GRC. As Scott points out, policy, compliance...more

Avon Settles FCPA Charges with the DOJ and SEC

Travel, entertainment and gifts continue to be a central focus of FCPA enforcement. Earlier this month, and last month, the Commission filed settled FCPA actions centered on these items. Now the SEC and the DOJ have settled...more

The Barko v. KBR Privilege Battle Continues

A high-profile qui tam suit against Kellogg, Brown & Root and Halliburton continues to generate important case law relating to the scope of attorney-client privilege and work product protection given to internal...more

6 Questions To Ask Before An Internal Investigation

Every company, large or small, will eventually face a problem that requires an internal investigation. Boiled to its essence, an internal investigation is really nothing more than a way to obtain information to avoid or solve...more

The Split Deepens: New York District Court Holds Internal Reporting Not Protected Under Dodd-Frank

In Berman V. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, 1:14-cv-523 (Dec. 4, 2014), Judge Gregory Woods of the Southern District of New York dismissed a Dodd-Frank whistleblower retaliation claim on the ground that internal reporting is not protected...more

How to Protect Attorney-client Privilege in Internal Investigations

While attorney-client privilege can protect many internal documents, recent court decisions highlight the need to explicitly invoke this protection. As many US policies now require an increased level of internal...more

Focusing on the Disconnect: Mid-Level Managers and Handling of Employee Concerns

We all have heard the problem: Employees want to report their concerns directly to their immediate supervisors (unless the problem relates to the immediate supervisor); Mid-level managers complain that they do not know how to...more

How To Mitigate Compliance Risk With Effective Investigations Of Whistleblower Hotline Reports

I recently started watching the first season of the television show True Detective. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll know that Matthew McConaughey’s character, “Rust” or “Rustin”, is known for his master interrogation skills....more

Whistleblower Exposes Cultural and Accounting Failures at UK Supermarket Giant

Irregular accounting practices and a corresponding £263 million — approximately $423 million — in overstated profits were recently revealed at one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, sending company shares plummeting and...more

International News: Focus on Compliance

In This Issue - Welcome to the final issue of International News for 2014. As regulatory oversight of companies—from Sarbanes Oxley and the Dodd-Frank Act to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery...more

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