Tagged: Ethics and Compliance

DOJ Raises Stakes on Corporate Compliance Programs – Accountability and Certifications

The Biden Administration’s Department of Justice has promised aggressive white collar enforcement. On the flip side, the DOJ has recognized the importance of effective ethics and compliance programs.  In an interesting speech, the Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division, Kenneth Polite, delivered an important speech on ethics and compliance programs. AAG Polite’s speech reiterated the importance of the Justice Department’s 2020 Evaluation of Corporate...

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Deputy AG Lisa Monaco Suggests Major Changes to the DOJ’s Corporate Enforcement Efforts

Alex Cotoia, Regulatory Manager at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for a post providing additional color into U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco’s recent announcement on changes to DOJ policies. Alex can be reached at [email protected] On October 28, 2021, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco—a veteran of government service in previous Administrations and a champion of corporate accountability—announced several significant changes to...

Stephen Naughton Joins the Volkov Law Group as Senior Counsel

The Volkov Law Group is pleased to announce that Stephen Naughton, a legal and compliance industry lawyer, has joined the Volkov Law Group as Senior Counsel. Steve recently joined Loyola University (Chicago) Law School as the Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies and a Clinical Professor. Steve will serve in a part-time role as Senior Counsel to the Volkov Law Group. Steve has more than 30...

Webinar Reminder: Effective Management of Employee Reporting Systems

Effective Management of Employee Reporting Systems  August 12, 2020, Noon EST Sign Up Here. The compliance and ethics hotline represents one of the most integral tools available to a high-functioning Compliance Department.  Companies that implement and properly manage their reporting hotlines create a more positive and robust organizational culture.  In this webinar, Michael Volkov explains how to effectively manage your employee reporting system to create...

Ethics and Culture Lessons from the NBA Finals

Matt Stankiewicz, Senior Counsel at The Volkov Law Group, rejoins us for a posting on compliance lessons from the NBA Finals. Matt can be reached at [email protected] As a huge sports fan and compliance practitioner, I can’t seem to divorce the two when I’m watching a sporting event, for better or for worse.  So while watching the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) Finals, one major event...

Karin Sweigart Joins The Volkov Law Group

I am excited to announce the addition of Karin Sweigart as a new Senior Associate at The Volkov Law Group. When I launched the firm, I was committed to providing high-quality ethics and compliance, and enforcement defense services. With the help of my existing members we have been fortunate to grow and develop our services and capabilities.  I am proud to announce that Karin Sweigart...

Five Major Compliance Predictions for 2018

When you look back on the rise of the ethics and compliance profession, you cannot ignore the history of accomplishments.  It is easy to minimize these accomplishments as a reaction to the government’s aggressive FCPA enforcement program. Companies are starting to embrace ethics and compliance as a positive force to build sustainable financial growth – which is the true calling of a robust ethics and...

Putting Ethics Back Into Compliance (Part IV of IV)

My final posting on this week’s ethics series is a call to action for all compliance professionals. Every compliance officer should insist on and embrace a title – “Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.” Some larger organizations have a separate ethics officer, and I am not suggesting to merge the positions. Every company should have a chief ethics officer, either as a separate function or as...

A CCO’s Challenge: How to Convince a CEO to Embrace Compliance

A Chief Compliance Officer faces many challenges in designing and implementing an effective ethics and compliance program. If a CCO conducts appropriate due diligence before joining the company, he will know the challenges he is facing. All too often, I hear of CCOs who join a company based on numerous promises and representations by the CEO, the board and senior managers about the importance of...

Wells Fargo’s Desperate Need for a Compliance and Business Ethics Function (Part III of III)

While reading the independent directors’ report on the Wells Fargo sales incentives scandal, you will be overwhelmed by the feeling of frustration. At the same time, what is described in the report is the extent to which every control function came up against the problem staring them in the face – Wells Fargo’s sales incentive program was out of control. Notwithstanding the 20-20 hindsight pictured...