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Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

Star Wars Week: Part II – The Empire Strikes Back – Due Diligence

by Thomas Fox on

I break due diligence down into three stages: Level I, Level II and Level III. Candice Tal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Infortal Worldwide, in an article entitled “Deep Level Due Diligence: What You Need to...more

What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

by FordHarrison on

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its cross-hairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course,...more

What Multinational Companies in Argentina Need to Know About Anti-Corruption Now

by Kobre & Kim on

Underscored by the recent contentious presidential and congressional elections, during which corruption was — as it is throughout the region — a hot-button issue, anti-corruption enforcement in Argentina is on the rise....more

Time for employers to up their game for preventing workplace harassment

by McAfee & Taft on

Franken. Lauer. Spacey. Weinstein. Moore. And others. There is no question that in 2018 all employers will be facing growing harassment challenges. That means now is a critical time to assess the effectiveness of your policy,...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - December 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Unprecedented 2018 Board Challenges - The health system board should be prepared to address an extraordinary number of significant, enterprise-level challenges that are expected to arise in 2018. These challenges will...more

Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Who’s Next?—Are you prepared for harassment allegations in your...

by Ruder Ware on

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not new. However, the rash of recent cases reported in Hollywood, Corporate America, and our Federal Government are shining a new spotlight on the issue. As an employer in Wisconsin,...more

SEC Cooperation Leads to Waiver of Privilege

On December 5, 2017, a Florida federal magistrate judge ordered a law firm to turn over interview notes and memoranda from an internal investigation, finding that any applicable privilege had been waived when attorneys gave...more

Are You At Risk of Accounting Fraud?

Nearly a decade after the financial crisis and almost eight years after passage of the Dodd-Frank Act, companies continue to grapple with how to prevent corporate fraud and respond when it happens....more

#MeToo: How Do Companies Avoid Being Next?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Bill O'Reilly. Harvey Weinstein. Kevin Spacey. Charlie Rose. Matt Lauer. It seems that every day the news covers one more explosive incident of sexual harassment in the workplace, with many allegations indicating that the...more

More Compliance Lessons from Wells Fargo-FOREX Trades

by Thomas Fox on

At some point, you must ask just how corrupt is an organization? What does the tone from top which says to make your numbers at all cost, translate to in operationalization? Unfortunately, we have seen yet another dramatic...more

Reconsidering Limits on Confidentiality Provisions Where Sexual Misconduct is Involved

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

It does not require insightful analysis to conclude that something is broken when it comes to reporting and addressing sexual misconduct in the workplace. One attempt to fix part of the “brokenness” comes from the...more

Financial Fraud: Fighting Back with Forensics

With investigative experience, forensic accountants can uncover fraud and, while doing so, vastly improve the efficiency and strength of an organization. ...more

How Employers Can Become Experts at Data Breaches: Conducting a “privileged” investigation

by Bryan Cave on

A large portion of the data breaches that occur each year involve human resource related information. Bryan Cave has put together a multi-part series to help human resource managers understand, prepare for, and react to, a...more

Employees’ Right To Representation During Employer Interviews

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q.  I am the HR Manager for a non-union workplace and we are investigating an issue involving employee misconduct. One of the employees whom I want to interview has requested that a coworker attend the interview as his...more

An Inside Job: Highlights From November’s ACC Presentation

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 8, 2017, Suzzanne W. Decker, a Principal in the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration practice group, and Sandra McLelland, Managing Counsel at Under Armour, presented a webinar to members...more

Legal Compliance In A Harassment-Conscious Environment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As noted in our Legal News Update – Me Too, But Now What? What Board Members Need to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment – allegations regarding workplace harassment have recently been a major focus of traditional and...more

How Lying to the U.S. Government Can Land You in Jail

by Holland & Knight LLP on

If you ask people why Martha Stewart went to jail, many will say insider trading. And if you ask others what crime Scooter Libby committed, most will say breaching national security by disclosing the name of a covert C.I.A....more

Protecting the Privacy of Privileged Internal Investigations

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Internal investigations by outside counsel are an essential tool for corporations to ensure they are compliant with governing regulations and statutes, particularly when they are faced with allegations of potential...more

Internal Investigations: Protecting the Attorney- Client Privilege

by Michael Volkov on

I like to repeat myself – attorneys are valuable for only two reasons: (1) attorney-client privilege; and (2) advice of counsel defense. I know I am not supposed to denigrate my profession but these are two important reasons,...more

The 10 Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program: Still the Foundation

by Thomas Fox on

The joint Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) 2012 FCPA Guidance came out five years ago this month. As a commentator focusing on the doing of compliance, we should pause to once again...more

Remembering My Father to Honor Veteran’s Day

by Thomas Fox on

Procedural fairness is one of the things that will bring credibility to your compliance program. Today it is called the Fair Process Doctrine and this Doctrine generally recognizes that there are fair procedures, not...more

Rethinking Independence in Internal Investigations

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

For a company under actual or potential government scrutiny, an independent internal investigation performed by outside counsel, sometimes coupled with cooperation with the government, can mean the difference between...more

Lawyers Beware: Battle of Legal Professional Privilege of Internal Investigation Continues in England and Wales

Last month, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales granted permission for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. Ltd. (“ENRC”) to appeal the May 2017 decision by the High Court relating to a dispute over the legal professional...more

Me Too, But Now What? What Board Members Need to Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Allegations of workplace sexual harassment and assault have recently made headlines from Silicon Valley to Hollywood and have brought down the careers of numerous high-profile executives. Partially a response to the uptick in...more

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