Not Considering Facts is an Unethical Action 13:56, March 23, 2017

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Date: March 2017

“Providing people with accurate information doesn’t seem to help; they simply discount it,” writes Elizabeth Kolbert after reviewing substantial scientific literature in her New Yorker article “Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds.” While Kolbert sticks to mainly to science, her talking points provide takeaways for unethical action in the workplace.  People are Irrational We have heard the […]

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A worker’s religious practice outside of work is normally a private matter, which is also protected from employer interference by anti-discrimination laws. Sometimes, however, off-duty conduct, including a worker’s religious practice, can impact the workplace. From a compliance standpoint, it’s important to examine whether addressing any perceived impact on the workplace could lead to credible […]

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A district court found itself trying to calculate the number of times a county sheriff hugged a subordinate, so that it could determine whether to allow the subordinate to proceed with her sexual harassment claim that she was subject to a sexually hostile work environment. Victoria Zetwick was a county correctional officer who claimed that […]

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Having an ethics and compliance program with no implementation plan is akin to implementing the program without measuring its effectiveness. There are plenty of resources expended but no one is sure what, if anything, is gained. This post continues our discussion of ethics and compliance programs, which has covered the hallmarks of a compliant program, […]

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Five states have introduced new data security laws that either moved forward in the legislative process or failed in 2017. They all require organizations to implement stronger data security efforts when handling personal information, a regulatory boon for a company’s practical efforts to keep ahead of the constantly changing cybersecurity curve. New York New York […]

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Bio-Rad Laboratories must pay over $14 million, counting attorney fees, after a jury entered a verdict for retaliating against a whistleblower employee in violation of the Dodd-Frank and the Sarbanes-Oxley Acts. If Bio-Rad’s version of events is to be believed, the employee, General Counsel Stanford Wadler, was fired for lax oversight leading to federal fines […]

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Sidoti & Company, LLC, a registered broker-dealer, paid $100,000 to settle charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that the company had failed to establish and enforce policies to prevent the misuse of material nonpublic information (MNPI). According to the SEC’s settlement agreement, Sidoti started out as an independent research firm that published notes and […]

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After some delay, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) released final cybersecurity requirements for financial services companies. This post will describe what has changed between the final version and the previous proposed version, and generally highlight what the regulation will require of New York financial institutions (“companies”). The Big Changes DFS proposed […]

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