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Episode 61 — How to Implement and Promote a Speak Up Culture

Companies face a myriad of risks that can cause significant legal and reputational risks.  A company’s employees are critical sources of concerns to prevent and detect problems.  Employees have to be encouraged to raise concerns to help the company address these problems proactively.  As a result, it is critical for companies to invest and promote its speak up culture to maximize employee communication and prevent...

NAVEX Global Releases 2018 Third-Party Risk Benchmark Report

NAVEX Global has issued its Third-PartyBenchmark Report.  (HERE). The NAVEX Global Report contains important insights and data concerning ethics and compliance programs and third-party risk management strategies.  I was pleased to assist NAVEX Global in preparing the 2018 Benchmark Report. Knowing how to appropriately define, screen and monitor your third parties is essential to minimizing risk. New industry benchmarks, along with the expert guidance provided in...

Sign Up for November 8, 2018 NAVEX Global Ethics and Compliance Virtual Conference

November 8, 2018 Sign Up HERE NAVEX Global has announced  its annual Ethics and Compliance Virtual Conference.   The schedule of sessions and speakers is here. The ECVC is the world’s largest compliance-focused conference. Created for professionals across Ethics and Compliance, Legal, Human Resources, Audit, Risk Management and Corporate Training, this online event is your best resource to learn the top issues and best practices affecting your...

JP Morgan Chase Bank Settles “Old” Sanctions Case for $5 Million

The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”) announced its third enforcement action for 2018.  While OFAC has been busy with implementing new sanctions regimes and re-imposing the Iran sanctions regime, OFAC is beginning to clear some of the enforcement matters that have been pending. JP Morgan Chase agreed to a $5.2 million settlement with OFAC for 87 apparent violations from the processing of...

Are Unpaid Interns Worth the Cost (and the Risk)?

Karin Sweigart rejoins us for another interesting posting on employment compliance issues.  Karin can be contacted at ksweigart@volkovlaw.com. It is estimated about half of the United States’ 1.5 million internships a year are unpaid, a number that may go up due to changes in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) rules governing unpaid internships. Implemented in 2018, the updated rules provide for-profit companies more flexibility to...

Successful Compliance Officers – A Balancing Act

Compliance officers have a difficult job. So why are so many people interested in joining the profession? At bottom, compliance professionals are inspirational professionals and inspired by their mission.  Compliance officers have a mission – to embed and promote a culture of ethics and compliance. When you boil it down, every compliance officer is dedicated to two specific missions: to embed and protect its culture,...

DaVita Medical Pays $270 million to Settle False Claims Act Case

I have a tendency to sound like a “broken record” (an odd phrase in these days of digital music).  The government’s most powerful enforcement tool continues to be – drumroll please, the False Claims Act.  The government “always” (or in most cases) wins.  Defendants are rarely willing to risk exclusion from valuable federal healthcare programs or defense contracts.  When the government brings a case, the...

Employees and Political Activity

Karin Sweigart, a Senior Associate at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for a posting on employees and political activity.  Karin can be reached at ksweigart@volkovlaw.com. It is October in an election year, and political tensions are running high. If political discourse in your place of business has been heated, it may be a good time for a refresher on laws governing what private employers...

Episode 60 — A Deep Dive into the SEC’s FCPA Settlement with United Technologies

United Technologies recently settled an FCPA enforcement action with the SEC by paying $13.9 million for bribes paid by its elevator and aircraft businesses. UT disclosed the investigation to DOJ and the SEC in late 2013 or early 2014. DOJ declined to prosecute in March 2018. UT agreed to disgorge $9 million, plus interest of about $919,000 and to pay a penalty of $4 million. The SEC’s FCPA settlement contains...

NAVEX Global Webinar: The State of Third-Party Risk Management in 2018

Webinar: The State of Third-Party Risk Management in 2018 Date: Tuesday, October 16 Time: 1:00 PM/ET/10:00 AM PT Duration: 60 minutes Sign Up HERE Over half of organizations leave themselves open to risk with an ineffective or non-existent third-party risk management program. That’s shocking given the damage a third party can inflict! To improve or get started on your third-party risk management program, join this...