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5 Essential Improvements to Corporate Governance

Achieving a corporate culture focused on ethics and compliance doesn't happen by accident. It takes a concerted effort from the Board of Directors, CEO and CCO, who all must understand the importance of a strong E&C program and be committed to championing the notions. Michael Volkov offers five key ways companies can strengthen corporate governance. Read More

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What if Your Compliance Training Records Became Invalid Overnight?

Loopholes in compliance training security can leave organizations open to significant risk, as the validity of LMS completion records can easily be called into question. How sure are you that your staff have completed all necessary trainings? As we've seen on several occasions recently, security issues can escalate quickly and do lasting harm. Now is the ... Read More

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Role of a Corporate Compliance Officer

With ever-changing legislation and ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny, the role of the CCO is continually evolving. Corporate compliance officers served once upon a time as compliance cops, but the scope of the role has grown over the last several years so that now CCOs must be champions within their organizations of a culture of compliance and ethics and more... Read More

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Is Social Media the Next Monitoring Emphasis for the OIG?

This summer, the FDA released guidance on how drug and device manufacturers are to use social media within the boundaries of appropriate marketing practices. It can be pretty tricky to present product benefits right alongside risk information - or respond to misinformation voiced by a third party - in the space of 140 characters. But the OIG ... Read More

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Does Your Company Need a Sterile Cockpit?

Leaders ought to be accessible to their staff, though not necessarily at all times. In fact, they may be more effective and get more accomplished if they unplug the phone, turn off email notifications and shut the door now and then. Like airline pilots, executives need to be able to focus during critical phases, and constant interruptions ... Read More

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The Role of Executive Management in ERM

Jim DeLoach makes quite the strong argument for the necessity of C-Suite involvement in enterprise risk management. In fact, he argues, executive leadership must not be merely participants in, but owners of the ERM process. Executive management's active participation keeps the focus at a strategic level, ensuring that all potential risks are accounted for. Read More

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Is More Corporate Governance the Answer? (Part 1 of 5)

From 1934, the year marking the passing of the Securities Exchange Act, and 1977, no major corporate reforms were passed. In the past 30 years, however, the situation changed dramatically. Huge corporate scandals, including Enron, WorldCom, Bear Stearns and Siemens have led to sweeping reforms. Is this the trend now? And should it be? Read More

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Labor & Employment: New Cases, Important Rulings

A number of recent rulings from the Supreme Court ought to be dominating compliance practitioners' attention. Here, we have highlights of some of the more significant decisions, on matters ranging from whether staff should be paid for donning and doffing protective gear and when interns must be compensated to employer liability in instances of workplace bullying. Read More

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As Same-Sex Marriage Gains Ground, Employers Must Keep Up

Laws concerning same-sex couples and employer benefits are changing. U.S. v Windsor, a landmark case in 2013, was a huge win for those seeking equal rights for same-sex couples, and it has set the tone for many rulings since. For employers, the impact is significant, as their benefit plans and policies may now be out of compliance ... Read More

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