“Opt-In” to Ethical Conduct and Third Parties 17:04, July 29, 2016

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Author: Douglas Kelly

A recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau consent order, and a $10 million penalty, against a financial institution illustrate the dangers of unethical conduct, especially when exercised by third parties to conduct business. Like many banks, Santander Bank charged overdraft fees to customers who purchased items via ATM and debit card transactions without sufficient funds. In […]

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On July 12, 2016, the EU approved a framework for transferring European citizen data to the US. Known as the Privacy Shield Framework or, “Privacy Shield,” it requires US companies to take extra precautions to protect the privacy of personal information belonging to EU citizens when that data crosses the Atlantic. The need for a […]

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A lawsuit alleging discrimination against an employee’s military status and leave illustrates a robust law, and a call for employers to reassess their compliance efforts. Richard Keene was a data coordinator for Clark County School District (“CCSD”) and a reservist for the US Army. In 2007, the Army sought to deploy Keene to Iraq in […]

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In June 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pursued 35 enforcement actions and received over $50 million against various persons and companies who violated, or were believed to have violated, federal securities laws. Breaking these actions apart can inform how companies should focus their anti-corruption and ethical conduct compliance efforts. Complaints Nearly half (46%) […]

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A federal investigation and contentious House hearing revealed the “culture of sexual harassment” that pervaded certain work areas of the National Park Service as well as a breach of ethics. The investigation reveals classic signs of sexual harassment and the ethical and legal duties of leaders to stamp out resulting workplace discrimination, which caused one […]

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Russian espionage, presidential campaign strategy, and covert actions shroud the recent data security hack of the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) system in political intrigue. At first, it may seem too James Bond to the modern American workplace. But, by looking at how the DNC reacted amidst the legal and risk management backdrop, we can learn […]

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California recently amended regulations that interpreted the Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA), California’s anti-discrimination law. These regulations created new obligations for California employers, such as requiring new content in their sexual harassment training and company policies. The regulations also clarified laws that already existed, sending pointed reminders to employers to focus on compliance. Three […]

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When faced with a difficult decision, an employee may understand ethical decision-making, but both internal and external pressures can push them to rationalize or make the wrong choice. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) news release, employees at two US companies paid bribes to Chinese officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act […]

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After months of scandal, HR tech company Zenefits has learned the importance of compliance and implemented appropriate safeguards. Even companies like AirBnb, Google, and Adobe, who have been lauded for their strong company cultures, can learn something, too. Because along with that gourmet cafeteria food, many tech companies have been served a fair amount of […]

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The CDC has confirmed that Zika can cause “microcephaly and other birth defects” in pregnant women infected with the virus. News stories have reported the spread of Zika to the South Pacific, Vietnam, and also to the US—where 346 cases of the Zika virus have been reported as of the time of this posting. The CDC has issued travel notices for people […]

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