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April 11, 2014 • Bob McCarter
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  The “Heartbleed” cybersecurity vulnerability has received a great deal of media attention in the past few days. Safeguarding the ethics and compliance data we process for customers is one of our top priorities. We would like to share the measures we have taken to protect our clients and partners from this risk. Background
April 10, 2014 • Simmi Singh Corcoran
  Sometimes, short is not only sweet—it’s powerful.  Burst learning is an approach to ethics and compliance training that utilizes engaging five-to seven-minute videos to accomplish any number of an organization’s training objectives—from nimbly addressing a pressing “hot topic” issue to providing appropriate, affordable training for third parties. According to NAVEX Global’s Key Trends, Issues and Best Practices in Compliance report, in the past two years, 23 percent of organizations have started replacing traditional courses with shorter courses, and 22 percent are supplementing traditional courses with bursts.
April 4, 2014 • Simmi Singh Corcoran
  Ethics and compliance training programs are typically designed for employees, and often do not address the issues and the specific responsibilities that high-level executives face daily. These leaders can pose the highest potential risk if they abuse their influence in the company or fail to spot and respond to ethical lapses. To help address this training gap, the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) recently launched a series of thought leadership interviews, in collaboration with NAVEX Global, to provide broader ethics and compliance resources to ACC members. This series of short, 5-minute videos are available to ACC members through the ACC Compliance Portal.
April 3, 2014 • Eddy O'Mara, Randy Stephens
  A memorandum released yesterday by Senator Charles E. Grassley highlights allegations that 14 of the 15 executive branch departments are in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA). 
March 27, 2014 • Simmi Singh Corcoran
March 21, 2014 • Michael Vermillion, Mary Bennett
  The challenge of managing third party relationships has expanded within the banking industry. In guidance issued last year by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the scope of such relations has grown to include third parties beyond suppliers and vendors – such as JV partners, channel arrangements, debt buyers, correspondent banking relationships and more.
March 19, 2014 • Eddy O'Mara
  Last week, Carrie Penman and I hosted the “Benchmarking Your Hotline: How Does Your Data Measure Up Against NAVEX Global’s 2014 Benchmarks?” webinar where we discussed top-level findings from NAVEX Global’s 2014 Hotline Benchmark Report.  Our annual Hotline Benchmarking Report helps organizations gage how their own reports compare to the findings from the largest database of hotline reports in the world. Some of the key findings from the 2014 report, which we discussed in depth on the webinar, were:
March 13, 2014 • Andrew Foose
  As an ethics and compliance professional and investigator, I have been intrigued by the recent media coverage of wrongful convictions. Also, the stories reminded me of a fascinating article in the New Yorker magazine a few months ago that examined wrongful convictions in cases where the investigators used the “Reid Technique” to interview suspects. Since reading that article, I have been ruminating on how important interviewing technique can be—and how flawed techniques and/or over-reliance on body language can lead to inaccurate conclusions.
March 6, 2014 • Randy Stephens, Shanti Atkins
  The Supreme Court in Lawson vs FMR, LLC (delivered March 4, 2014 after a 6-3 vote) has ruled that employees of private companies engaged by public companies are covered by the whistleblower protections of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”).
March 6, 2014 • Shanti Atkins
  Well structured, updated policies can be a first line of defense against employment related litigation and regulatory investigations. However, an organization’s policies can quickly turn from defensive tactic to litigation aid if an effective policy management system is not in place to keep up with the pace of changing legislation. No Policy vs. an Outdated Policy


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