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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Reading Between the Whistleblower Headlines

By Shanti Atkins

Whistle-blowing has become a highly charged term, stirring up emotive rhetoric ranging from “ethical hero” to “treasonous traitor” with very little substantive evaluation of the real impact on the corporation and the broader communities around it.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Is Being Chief Compliance Officer Women's Work?

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney

Is the rise of women in compliance officer positions a welcome development? In a recent article in Quartz, Shanti Atkins explores whether the fact that 60 percent of compliance officers are women may actually be a bad thing for female leadership.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Ruling Points to a Surge in Whistle-Blower Cases

By Melissa J. Anderson

A court ruling in California earlier this month may signal that companies can expect to see more whistle-blower cases this year. Meanwhile, juries and regulators are paying closer attention to whistle-blower protections, as well.

A jury granted $6 million in compensatory damages to a former Playboy senior vice president, who claimed the company had retaliated against her for reporting “actual and suspected fraud” to management.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Women may dominate the compliance officer field, but it should lead to other corporate opportunities

Compliance officer positions should not be a dead end for women in their path to career advancement


Some fields in corporate America seem to be more open to women than others. One such field is compliance. Some 60 percent of the members of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) are women.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

60% of compliance officers are women—and that may be a bad thing

By Shanti Atkins

Compliance officer: It’s one of the hottest careers today. The guardian of an organization’s good corporate citizenship, the job ranges from creating and enforcing guidelines and policies that ensure a company’s integrity, to promoting ethical standards and values that form strong workplace cultures. Compliance officers are the ones who meet government investigators at the door when they knock.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Court Decision Could Advance Compliance at Private Companies


A U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month has significantly expanded whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, effectively creating new compliance headaches for private companies that perform services for publicly traded companies.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Morning Risk Report: Corporate Fraud Whistleblowers Remain Rare


The employee whistleblower alleging corporate fraud remains a very rare breed, a new study says. But these allegations have the potential to be costlier than ever for their employers.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Action! ACC Releases Online Videos on Risk/Compliance

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney

Get out the popcorn. The Association of Corporate Counsel has launched a series of web videos, in collaboration with NAVEX Global, as a new ethics and compliance resource for members, according to a recent statement. The A-list set features appearances by such chief legal officers, general counsel and compliance officers as Matthew Fawcett, the senior vice president and general counsel of NetApp Inc., and Donna Costa, executive vice president and general counsel of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America Inc.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Marijuana Use and Workplace Drug Policies

By Joanne Deschenaux

Twenty states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized possession of marijuana for medical use. Washington and Colorado allow recreational use, as well. But federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug—one with no legal use.

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