A Case of Bias, Retaliation, and Reporting Issues 14:54, June 9, 2017

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Author: Douglas Kelly

Employee lawsuits are unfortunately common for employers. Beyond the legal ramifications, a lawsuit ultimately reflects an employee who felt they had no other choice but to sue. A recent EEOC lawsuit provides context for the costs of bias and retaliation, and the benefits of reporting issues internally, early and effectively. The Case In the lawsuit, Adrian […]

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Corruption is a term that is often associated with greedy CEOs and politics in third-world countries. It doesn’t have to be. In every workplace, there is a risk for corrupt activities not just by executives, but by everyday employees. We provide some common workplace corruption culture problems and how diversity may be a solution. Culture […]

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Maslow’s now-famous hierarchy of needs suggests that human beings must have their basic physiological and safety needs met before they can seek out higher-level psychological needs such as love, self-esteem, and creativity. This applies to the workplace. The influx of Millennials into the workplace, and research about the importance of values as a business driver, […]

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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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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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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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Whistleblowers consistently appear in compliance news for reporting wrongdoing to regulators like the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), reaping big rewards for their actions. For example, the FCPA Blog reports that the SEC has awarded about $153 million to 43 whistleblowers for reporting wrongdoing such as improper records under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act […]

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We have written a lot about data security risks like password reuse, the value of data security training, employee negligence, and cybersecurity enforcement actions. Every so often, we write about data security legal updates. This post summarizes four posts that discussed data security laws, explains if they are still up to date, and supplies takeaways. […]

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Many large enterprises provide compliance training to their employees. A 2017 report by KPMG provides survey data and analysis of compliance best practices, including employee communication and training. This post pulls out data points that allow us to better evaluate the value of effective online compliance training. KPMG’s The Compliance Journey (“the Survey”) surveyed organizations […]

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The Bad News.  Data breaches are on the rise. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), which has been tracking data security risks since 2005, released a report in which it counted 430 data breaches between April 2016 and April 2017. This shows a 37% increase from 2015-2016, according to Credit Union Times. This is a scary […]

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