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Delaware Supreme Court Issues Significant Decision Addressing Board Compensation

In December 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a significant decision addressing compensation for boards of directors. The opinion also addresses compensation of members of management who serve on the board of directors....more

Renewing Corporate Vows to the Chief Compliance Officer

by Michael Volkov on

The chief compliance officer is at an important professional juncture – 2018 is an important year for the profession. In this era of growth, and after corporate tax relief, companies have an opportunity to invest increased...more

Me Too? Time for All Employers to Update their Anti-Harassment Policies

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Sexual harassment has been headline news for many months now. It is almost impossible to go more than a few days without the headlines reporting another high-profile resignation or firing due to harassment allegations....more

Tribute to Keith Jackson and Breakthrough Strategies in Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

Keith Jackson died last week. He was universally recognized as the Voice of College Football and announced college football games for over 40 years. According to his obituary in the New York Times (NYT), Robert A. Iger, the...more

Time’s Up: I am woman, hear me roar

by FordHarrison on

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight,...more

How to Maneuver Through #MeToo and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment has become more highly scrutinized in recent months and with the #MeToo movement, we expect this issue to be more prevalent going forward. Below we have outlined some best practices to help companies put...more

Three Simple Steps to Improve Your Corporate Culture

by Michael Volkov on

What exactly does “corporate culture” mean?  Compliance professionals often talk about how important “tone from the top” or the “mood in the middle” is, but what does that really mean?...more

The Dialogue: The Shifts That #MeToo Are Creating in the Workplace

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After a break for the holidays, my long-running discussion with Nina Pirrotti, an employee-side attorney, returns. Nina is a partner at the law firm of Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald and Pirrotti, where she represents...more

Time to Test and Audit Your Compliance Program

by Michael Volkov on

We all enjoy citing government sources for guidance on an effective ethics and compliance program. Whether it is the United States Sentencing Guidelines, the Justice Department’s and SEC’s FCPA Guidance, Health and Human...more

Employers in the Age of #MeToo: Proactive Steps for Reducing Sexual Misconduct

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

I recently attended a conference session on cybersecurity. The panelists noted that, while organizations may be using best practices now, there is a possibility that a hacker hid something on the organization’s server years...more

Lawmakers Take Aim: Will #MeToo Curb Nondisclosure or Arbitration Agreements?

by Littler on

In 2017, the #MeToo movement highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, toppling prominent figures in numerous fields. Sexual harassment has been unlawful for decades, of course, yet this vexing problem...more

Five Major Compliance Predictions for 2018

by Michael Volkov on

When you look back on the rise of the ethics and compliance profession, you cannot ignore the history of accomplishments. It is easy to minimize these accomplishments as a reaction to the government’s aggressive FCPA...more

Operationalizing Compliance: Conduct at the Top, Accountability Are Key

Almost one year ago, in February of 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section released the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs guidance, which references the FCPA Resource Guide and the Hallmarks of...more

Best in Law: Four Steps Employers Can Take to Avoid a #MeToo Situation - BB&K Attorneys Joseph Ortiz and Tristan Kirk Write for...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With revelations about high-profile sexual harassment cases are emerging weekly in the wake of the #MeToo movement, a long-overdue conversation about harassment has begun. Workplace harassment is a current and serious problem...more

Immediate Strategies for Responding to the #MeToo Movement and Harassment in the Workplace

As a result of troubling personal accounts of sexual harassment that have permeated coverage on national media outlets and our social media accounts during the past few months, employers may appropriately question whether...more

Common Mistakes Employers Make in Handling Complaints of Sexual Harassment

Other parts of this series have covered the proper affirmative steps to take to prepare for, investigate and respond to charges of sexual harassment. It is equally important to address the opposite set of concerns. What is it...more

Insights From The Trenches: Proven Strategies To Combat Harassment In 2018 From Seyfarth Shaw At Work (SSAW)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the last in a three-part series addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, we asked Philippe Weiss, Esq., Managing Director of Seyfarth Shaw at Work, to share insights from the front lines, that can...more

7 Tips for Conducting Sexual Harassment Investigations in the Workplace

The drumbeat of press reports about sexual harassment in the workplace over the last few months has increased awareness among employees that workplace harassment is illegal and actionable, leading employers to brace for an...more

When should a business consider terminating an employee accused of sexual harassment?

Repeated reports of sexual misconduct by high-profile men have put sexual harassment issues in the public eye. New allegations seem to be surfacing daily. Some of the accused have admitted to their conduct, some have admitted...more

Resolutions for a Harassment Free New Year

by LeClairRyan on

The year 2017 marked a seismic shift in the way the nation views sexual harassment. Time Magazine named “the silence breakers” as its Persons of the Year. The words “me too” went from a simple phrase, to a hashtag, to a...more

Does your corporate culture support discrimination and harassment?

The recent flood of high profile sexual assault and harassment allegations sweeping the globe highlights the need for a fundamental change in corporate culture, as well as the importance of training all employees on sexual...more

Tips For Addressing And Investigating Sexual Harassment Allegations In The Workplace In Light Of The #MeToo Movement

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q. There is a lot of conversation in the national media about the #MeToo movement. How do I ensure that my employees are treating each other properly? ...more

Rewarding Those Who Speak Up – Money or Thanks?

There is much debate about rewarding those who speak up. Monetary rewards may be a distraction as the majority of those who raise concerns are not motivated by financial gain. Despite perceived risks to jobs and careers,...more

Ethics and Mitigating Reputation Risks

by Michael Volkov on

A basic truism is – ethics and compliance reinforce each other. An ethical culture is an effective control against violations of law and a company’s code of conduct. Conversely, legal compliance promotes a company’s...more

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