Ethical Leadership Starts at the Top 21:03, August 28, 2016

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According to McClatchyDC, the US State Department could not provide records showing whether Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her top aides completed mandatory ethics training while they were working for the State Department. In December 2015 the Republican National Committee (RNC) made a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to discover whether certain individuals […]

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Large businesses lean heavily on technology. Data analytics, through the use of big data and even robots (artificial intelligence (“AI”)), is a popular way to supplement decisions with a certain amount of accuracy, facts, and evidence. However, it is not a panacea for biased or unethical decisions– a responsibility that lays squarely in human hands. […]

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The US Department of Labor (DOL), which is responsible for ensuring that employees are paid correctly, paid $7 million to settle a union’s claim that the DOL had been making employees work overtime without proper compensation. In a press release about the $7 million settlement, the union president said “You cannot begin to imagine how difficult it was to challenge […]

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A blockbuster wakefulness drug’s use and abuse by big pharma, doctors, and amped-up workers illustrates the ways unsettled ethical standards in medicine impact the workplace. Deceptive Dealings Drove Drug Prices Higher Teva Pharmaceutical Industries must pay $125 million to settle a lawsuit against its predecessor company, Cephalon, for illegal and deceptive delay tactics to keep generic […]

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Imagine for a moment, while doing work around your home—perhaps lifting a heavy box from the attic to the living room—you feel a sharp pain in your hip and pelvis. The twinge turns into a dull strain over the next few weeks and months. It’s time to see a doctor. The x-rays come back conclusive. […]

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According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, nearly 3 in 5 workers (59%) think that the traditional 9 to 5 work day is “a thing of the past.” The Harris poll found that 45% of workers complete work outside office hours, and 49% check or answer emails when they’re not at work. Your willingness to perform […]

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Implementing strong professional ethics in today’s global business arena means taking responsibility for past misconduct, then engaging in present action to mitigate potential adverse outcomes. Global leaders need to maintain appropriate circumspection about ethical conduct while simultaneously negotiating a complex web of local and national laws and customs. Although ethical standards, laws, and business practices differ by […]

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More than 30 years after the Supreme Court recognized sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination in violation of Title VII, workplace harassment is alive and well. Sexual harassment and harassment based on other protected characteristics remain an unfortunate and substantial part of the modern workplace, as evidenced by recent case law and the […]

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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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Most collection agencies zealously pursue delinquent debtors—that’s their job, so long as they go about it ethically and legally. But some push professional zeal too far, as a federal crackdown on abusive practices reveals. BAM Financial Litigation The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has entered a stipulated final order (basically, an out-of-court settlement) […]

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