OSHA Recommends Anti-Retaliation Training for Employees, Managers 10:30, February 13, 2017

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In January 2017 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released guidance on recommended practices for anti-retaliation programs. The guidance is intended to help employers keep their workplaces free from retaliation, both generally and for the 22 whistleblower laws enforced by OSHA. OSHA notes that retaliation against employees who raise or report concerns is […]

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Most companies, including multilevel marketing companies, use commissions or similar incentives to compensate sales associates. Many incentive programs provide effective, ethical, and legal means of motivating sales. But poorly planned incentive structures court conflicts of interest and liability. Worse, systems built on false promises of high-income prospects can backfire, as one multilevel marketing company recently […]

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Research by a University of Iowa accounting professor indicates that companies that are subject to whistleblower investigations experience a “sharp and lasting drop in financial wrongdoing.” The report, by Assistant Professor Jaron H. Wilde, is called “The Deterrent Effect of Employee Whistleblowing on Firms’ Financial Misreporting and Tax Aggressiveness.” It’s scheduled to be published in The […]

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Previously, we described national takeaways from California discrimination law that could apply to any employer in the United States. They still stand true. Similarly, a number of new California laws follow employment law trends throughout the United States. No matter where you operate, knowing what’s bubbling can help you to build an ethical and compliant […]

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Identity is a concept that applies beyond the realm of an individual—when in place within a company, a strong corporate identity can act as the foundation to success. A recent Gallup survey revealed that only 27% of U.S. employees believe in their company’s organizational values. Without a strong identity, employees and clients may feel lost […]

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Simply having a company code of conduct is not enough. Research has found that the process an organization follows to develop a code of conduct can impact its effectiveness (Schwartz, 2008). Researchers have also suggested that the implementation process is an important factor in creating an ethical culture. “Code of conduct” and “code of ethics” […]

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Employees are an employer’s greatest assets, but we can also be liabilities (literally) when we don’t take our employer’s interests and workplace policies seriously. We can be fired, sued, and even imprisoned for actions that violate company policy. While we should all strive to be good people, we need to be conscious of decisions that […]

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A changing political climate produces a lot of news stories. As with any incoming presidency, legal experts forecast the future of federal laws and regulations under a different administration, and agencies make staffing changes to prepare for 2017. Sure, forecasting can help us plan. But we shouldn’t miss out on action items we can incorporate […]

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On November 18, 2016, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Mary Jo White gave a speech covering the SEC’s enforcement strategy at the New York University School of Law. Considering the admitted results of the “bold and unrelenting” SEC enforcement strategy White had first promised in her Congressional nomination hearings, a fitting alternative title […]

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In May 2016 the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enacted a final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The rule requires employers to electronically submit records of workplace injuries and illnesses. It also includes provisions that are meant to encourage employees to report such injuries and illnesses and that prohibit […]

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