October 7, 2015
5 Tips to Minimize Frustration with Your GRC Technology

  • Tim Cercelle

  • Implementing a GRC technology solution can be a boon for your business. That is, if it's done with an appropriate, well-thought-out approach. Deloitte's Tim Cercelle, an Advisory director in the firm's Regulatory & Compliance group, offers key strategies to ensure your GRC tool works for you, and not the other way around....

    October 5, 2015

  • Michael Volkov

  • With almost every FCPA enforcement action involving third party misconduct in one form or another, should...

    October 2, 2015
    Creating Trust to Affect Compliance Change

  • Thomas Fox

  • One of the greatest challenges corporate compliance practitioners face is securing buy-in from staff on compliance objectives, as well as their participation in meeting these goals. To do that, the compliance function can't be viewed as "The Land of No," but as a valued partner in the success and profitability of the business. So where do we begin?...

    October 6, 2015
    Changing Company Culture – The Key to Fighting Insider Fraud

  • Hagai Schaffer

  • Employee fraud can start out innocently enough: perhaps a team member is curious about some data he doesn't have reason to view. He gains access to said information and in the process discovers that he can bend the rules undetected. Now he's just an opportunity and a moral lapse away from fraud territory. Here's where the proverbial ounce of prevention comes in handy....

    October 5, 2015
    Ignorance is No Excuse: Managing Third-Party Risk

  • Greg Dickinson

  • Bad things can and do happen to good companies. It's why third-party due diligence and management is so important. Greg Dickinson, CEO of Hiperos, which specializes in third-party management software solutions, stresses the importance of really (truly) knowing your third parties. NOT knowing what third parties are up to is no kind of protection....

    October 1, 2015
    How to Overhaul Your SWOT Analysis

  • Jim DeLoach

  • When identifying your organization's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, be prepared to ask the heard questions. Once you've got an honest and objective analysis at hand, then comes the hard part: putting your findings into action. Jim DeLoach offers a guide for getting the most out of a SWOT analysis....

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    October 1, 2015
    DOJ Warns Against Protecting Wrongdoers

  • Brian A. Dahl

  • Despite the DOJ's best efforts -- in the form of prosecutions and prison sentences -- some individuals continue to engage in corporate misconduct. The DOJ's recent memo on individual accountability warns against protecting those culpable in the wrongdoing, whatever their position. If the organization wants credit for cooperation, the DOJ expects full disclosure....

    September 29, 2015
    Compliance Fatigue — A Dangerous Concept

  • Michael Volkov

  • As the corporate purse strings tighten, it's not uncommon to start hearing whispers about "compliance fatigue." But the reality is that the compliance function requires relatively little in the way of funding, and the financial savings achieved by remaining compliant are huge. It must be easy to lose sight of these facts. Let's retire this term, shall we? ...

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    September 25, 2015
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    September 24, 2015
    Why You Need to Operationalize Your Business Ethics

  • Jim Nortz

  • Most organizations espouse ethical practices, but it's the rare few that operationalize their ethical standards, weaving them into the very fabric of the organization so that their core values are reflected in all of their practices, from hiring and performance reviews to rewards and recognition and firings. Walking out these values doesn't happen by chance....

    September 23, 2015
    Highway 61 and IRS Involvement in FCPA Enforcement

  • Thomas Fox

  • If you need a reason to bolster your monitoring efforts, you may find the recent FCPA enforcement action against Vicente Eduardo Garcia to be quite instructive. One noteworthy feature of this investigation was the involvement of the IRS’s Criminal Investigation unit, the lesser-discussed of the DOJ’s two investigative bodies, called in to comb through mountains of data and identify violations....


    September 30, 2015
    How to Ruin a Powerhouse

  • Linda Henman

  • In the automotive industry, GM was untouchable until just a few years ago. 2014 was a particularly low point for the company. Rocked by scandal stemming from the bungled management of a serious safety issue, the GM's new CEO was faced with salvaging the company's reputation. The culture was to blame, she said. Really? We think not....

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    September 28, 2015

  • Katie Connolly

  • Recent court cases might be signaling a new trend for how non-compete agreements are interpreted – one that looks at the sufficiency of the contract’...

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    September 25, 2015
    Volkswagen – The Cost of Deception

  • James Bone

  • Volkswagen, a long-trusted and highly respected brand, will be dealing with the fallout of its emission scandal for quite some time. It's clear to everyone that their massive deception is inexcusable, but we'd do well to remember that the hugest transgressions happen one failure in decision making at a time. Volkswagen's was likely born out of panic....


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    September 22, 2015
    Why Fraudsters Usually Have the Last Laugh—And What to do About it

  • Daniel Hall

  • How difficult is it to become a successful fraudster? Easier than you might think. Despite a number of high-profile convictions in recent years – including that of Bernie Madoff, currently serving a 150-year prison term – most fraudsters get away with their wrongdoing and only a fraction of the stolen funds are ever returned. Just “the cost of doing business” as far as fraudsters are concerned....

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    September 22, 2015

  • Steve Priest

  • Volkswagen's emissions scandal will cost the company dearly; knowingly misleading the world about the quality of one of your key products will do that. The company's previously solid reputation is now sullied, but is the damage beyond repair? This scandal certainly (ahem) drives home the importance of a strong ethics and compliance program....

    September 21, 2015

  • Wendy Wysong

  • With the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in July, the UN Security Council's nuclear-related sanctions against Iraq will be lifted. Several Asia-Pacific countries are exempt from U.S. secondary sanctions on imports of Iranian oil; what will their response be? Experts at Clifford Chance provide an analysis. ...

    September 21, 2015

  • Michael Volkov

  • Late last week the DOJ announced that GM will pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to flawed ignition switches that have killed more than 100. No individuals have been indicted, which is shocking given that the company had knowledge of -- and covered up -- this issue for years. The DOJ has fallen woefully short of its obligation to do justice....

    September 18, 2015
    Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers

  • Linda Henman

  • What subject is your organization's sacred cow? If there's a process or institution or piece of wisdom deemed immune from question or criticism, consider why. It may be the very thing that needs retooling or the ticket to your next great opportunity. In growth-oriented organizations, nothing can be above refinement....

    September 18, 2015
    Successful Hiring Matches Personality, Culture and Talent with a Focus on People

  • Mike Rosenbaum

  • Some might say recruiting and retaining top talent is an art: gut instinct is nearly as important in making hiring decisions as experience. However, even the most seasoned hiring managers can misjudge a candidate's fit for the organization. Incorporating people analytics into the process can help to fill those vacancies quickly -- and keep them filled....

    September 17, 2015
    Uncertainty for EPA’s New Wetlands Jurisdiction Rules

  • Peter McGrath

  • Earlier this year, the EPA established a new rule to bring clarity to which wetlands and waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. The ruling was challenged, and a preliminary injunction has been granted. There’s still a fair amount of uncertainty around the subject, however. Companies developing on or near these areas should proceed with caution....

    September 17, 2015
    5 Reasons Misclassifying Your Freelancers Is Very Risky

  • Jeff Wald

  • W-2 employee or 1099 contractor? Many businesses in the booming freelance economy have struggled to classify workers properly and have found themselves out of compliance with federal labor regulations. Armed with the right tools and insights, companies can enjoy the benefits of an on-demand workforce AND remain compliant....