Blog Posts: General Business Compliance
Under some circumstances, the attorney work product doctrine prevents litigants forcing disclosure of tangible material, usually documents, that their opponents' attorneys prepared in anticipation of litigation. In US Bank Nat’l Assoc. v. PHL Variable Ins. Co., a federal court in Minnesota applied the doctrine to protect the identities of individuals interviewed during an internal investigation.
In August 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) adopted new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and persons with disabilities.
Holiday office parties are an occasion for festivity and relaxing with co-workers, but employees should not relax too much; they should be on guard to avoid conduct that might create office tension or awkwardness the next day. Managers and other employees are more likely to repeat than to forget the off-color remark that slipped out during an unguarded moment.
In addition to being mindful of on-the-job challenges, companies also need to be conscious of employee use of social media inside and outside of the workplace. Ensure that your company's employees follow smarter social media practices.
Company executives are increasingly using social media to communicate to investors because of its ability to quickly disseminate information to a large audience. While this method is fast and cost-effective, companies must be careful not to disclose material, nonpublic information that could lead to costly legal problems, such as fraud or insider-trading claims.
Aggressive enforcement tactics of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have yielded $1.02 billion in fines in fiscal year 2013 — the second year in a row DOJ has collected over $1 billion in antitrust fines. In 2012, the Department collected a record $1.14 billion in fines.
Internal investigations in the workplace seek to gather information to determine whether a violation of workplace policies or laws has taken place. The following tips can help ensure that such investigations are thorough, objective and professional.
Whether intentionally or not, executives and management who fail to establish the appropriate “tone at the top” are exposing their companies to a heightened risk of fraud and unethical employee behaviors. An organization’s tone at the top permeates the entire organization as executives and management set the bar for how their employees should behave in the workplace. Consequently, establishing a good tone is considered crucial for business success and is especially effective in preventing employee fraud and theft.
Nine Japan-based auto-parts companies and two executives have agreed to pay a total of more than $740 million in fines in connection with conspiracies to fix the prices of 30 different products sold to U.S. car manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced recently. The agreements are the latest and most significant developments in the largest criminal antitrust investigation in DOJ history.
Recently, the federal government requested employment eligibility documents from approximately 1,000 U.S. businesses for the purposes of performing illegal immigration audits. This is the largest round of audits since July 2009, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted inspections on a similar scale.