Congress Repeals OSHA Recordkeeping Rule 23:40, June 1, 2017

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Date: May 2017

Some members of Congress are trying to restore a US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recordkeeping rule that would give OSHA more time to impose penalties on employers who fail to keep records of workers’ injuries or illnesses.   OSHA Reporting Requirements When an employee suffers a work-related injury or illness, OSHA requires employers […]

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Having a written code of conduct (sometimes also called a “code of ethics”) is important — but it’s at least as important that you effectively develop and implement your code of conduct. When employees transgress it, employers need to take swift and appropriate action to remedy the situation. This is especially true of conflicts of […]

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Women are still not treated as equals to their male counterparts. A recently published manuscript identifies major factors that create “unequal outcomes for working women at the end of their career.” In other words, sex discrimination. Not all factors arise in the workplace, but many of them do. Knowing what they are, and what companies […]

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We’ve written before about how a company’s data security can be compromised by employees, whether through insider negligence or through unauthorized sharing of files. But an ex-employee who is fired, or who leaves under less than favorable circumstances, can also wreak havoc with your data on the way out the door. One case in May […]

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“Compliance professionals occupy unique positions of trust in our financial system,” wrote Jamal El-Hindi, Acting Director of the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). “Compliance officers perform an essential function, serving as the first line of defense in the fight against fraud and money laundering,” echoed Joon H. Kim, the Acting […]

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Doing the right thing when it’s difficult, uncomfortable, or likely to cause social stigma takes moral courage. Our ethics training course, which focuses on overcoming barriers to acting ethically, calls moral courage “the courage to do the right thing in the face of risk and adversity.” Anyone who blows the whistle on suspected company wrongdoing […]

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 Despite Progress, Compliance Problems Still Exist Most companies are making progress with compliance — they have codes of conduct, are working to improve their cultures, and are hiring staff including compliance, diversity, privacy and ethics officers. These companies should be credited for laying down necessary, ethical infrastructures. Yet, despite these efforts, terrible things happen in […]

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Metrics and narratives are all the rage in compliance. Metrics allow companies to benchmark and measure compliance program effectiveness, business risk, and, increasingly, employee behavior. And adult learning research shows that narratives are an effective way to teach adults new concepts. Fortunately, Verizon has released its popular Data Breach Investigations Report (“Report”), which delivers data […]

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In this age of increasing social media use, employers have to negotiate a fine line between protecting their online reputations and allowing their employees to engage in protected activity like trying to improve their wages and working conditions. In April 2017, a catering company learned that it couldn’t fire an employee who used his public […]

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Attracting and retaining the right talent is just as important as growth and revenue. While compensation and work-life balance are important, an ethical culture is critically important to motivate talent and sustain long-term company value. Pay and Flexibility Are Good Starts All companies want to find great talent. They will need to. A report by […]

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