Compliance and the Gig Economy 9:38, April 24, 2017

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The “gig economy,” in which workers use primarily online intermediaries to connect with buyers on demand, looks like it’s here to stay. This trend dovetails with the perception that the 9 to 5 workday is a thing of the past, and may attract millennial workers who feel disengaged from the traditional office environment. But recent […]

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Conflicts of interest have been the ugly child of ethics and compliance programs for a while now. For most employees, it’s more of an ethical concern, not a legal one (key personnel like fiduciaries or company officers are different). While not as sexy as insider trading, popular as bribery, or diabolical as fraud, workplace conflicts […]

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A Litigation Release by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shows that insider trading is not relegated to just senior executives and CEOs. Everyday people, including employees, commit illegal actions that necessarily have broader ethical considerations. Ethical considerations are even less clear cut than the law, but just as critical to effective ethics and […]

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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits, among other things, discrimination by most employers against a qualified employee or applicant with a disability. When President George H. W. Bush signed the legislation, he acknowledged businesses’ concerns that the ADA might end up costing them money. But he reminded them of the importance of enabling people […]

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There is no limit to the number of articles out there espousing what makes a good manager. Popular online business publications like Inc., Forbes, Business Insider, and Entrepreneur all provide a litany of qualities that define great managers. Yet, there is little talk about ethical managers. A deeper dig into these popular articles shows how […]

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The US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) fined a hospital over $3 million for failing to keep patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) secure.  To make things worse, the hospital knew that its security was insufficient to protect ePHI, but it didn’t take steps to secure the information until it […]

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When it comes to protecting employees who report securities violations by their employers, US courts are divided over whether the term “whistleblower” applies only to people who make external reports to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or whether “whistleblower” can also include someone who makes an internal report to the company. From the […]

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We often hear praise for workplace diversity, not just as a compliance mandate, but as a way to foster an organizational culture that encourages a vigorous marketplace of ideas and spurs innovation. Yet perhaps because even leaders in their fields find the topic uncomfortable, few companies publicly proclaim a commitment to religious diversity in the […]

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There are many stereotypes about older workers. They can be seen as more reliable and loyal than younger employees, and they can also be seen as harder-to-train and more expensive because of salaries and health care costs. When employers take an adverse action (such as termination or failure to promote) against an older employee, it […]

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No one likes a complainer, but it certainly beats the image of a workplace torn asunder by unhealthy anger, mass demotivation, chilled speech, workplace retaliation claims, toxic culture, and employees getting hurt (literally). Recent cases, research, and studies show the importance of employees airing their feelings and concerns in the workplace.  The Complaint Dilemma and […]

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