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Compliance via Smartphone – Stop Fighting It!

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Guest bloggers: Andy Hinton is vice president, ethics and compliance at Google, Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. Ted Banks is partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC and former chief counsel, global compliance at Kraft Foods. It wasn’t too many years ago that people would have scoffed at the idea of spending most of your waking… Continue Reading

The Time to Start is Now: Imbue Compliance to Guard Your Organization

Posted in Ethics & Compliance, Risk Management & Assessment

Guest blogger: James Merklinger is vice president and chief legal officer at ACC. He represents ACC on all global legal issues and advises the organization on meeting the needs of the in-house counsel community. The complexity of compliance and its impact has skyrocketed throughout recent years as businesses across the globe continue to expand their… Continue Reading

The Biggest Compliance Mistake Lawyers Make

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Guest bloggers: Eric F. Hinton is chief ethics and compliance officer at 7-Eleven, Inc. and Ted Banks is partner at Scharf Banks Marmor LLC. Being a lawyer is fun. You get to do a lot of different things, and notwithstanding the lawyer jokes, it is a position of power and respect. Sometimes, lawyers are trapped… Continue Reading

Global Compliance Concerns Carry Over Into the New Year

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Last fall, the US Department of Justice and Security and Exchange Commission released new guidelines to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office unveiled revisions to the UK Bribery Act policies, giving corporate lawyers plenty to mull over within their departments. These two documents provide guidance and regulation for issues… Continue Reading

A Look Back on ACC’s First All-Compliance Conference

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Guest Blogger: Rachel Okolski currently serves as assistant general counsel and manager of legal resources at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) in Washington, DC. Her responsibilities include providing legal counsel to the organization, as well as managing the development of ACC’s legal resources and educational programs on topics related to compliance & ethics, corporate… Continue Reading

Congress and ACC Tackle SEC Whistleblower Bounty Program

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

  Today, the House Financial Services Committee heard testimony regarding its draft legislation rejecting the SEC and CFTC’s proposals to bypass internal compliance and reporting systems when rewarding prospective whistleblowers.  ACC filed a letter with the Committee, approving of the draft legislation (read the letter here).  In-house counsel who supervise internal compliance and reporting systems… Continue Reading

A Capitol Time Had in Ottawa

Posted in Cross Borders, Ethics & Compliance

About two dozen in-house counsel from Ottawa-area corporations, Crown corporation and associations gathered at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt’s offices March 2 for the Ontario Chapter’s first program and social in the national capital. The topic was corporate whistleblowers – who don’t pose a potential threat to just the company, but also present potential pitfalls for… Continue Reading

Is the SEC Blowing it for Whistleblowers?

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

  This morning, ACC registered what may be some of the most important comments the SEC considers this year. On behalf of 270 companies, we asked the Commission to think long and hard about rules they’ve proposed that will determine whether corporate compliance and reporting programs flourish or perish pursuant to whistleblower policies mandated by Dodd-Frank’s… Continue Reading

The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines Chapter 8 Revisions of 2010: What does it mean for you and your company?

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

  The U.S. Sentencing Commission issued final comments on revisions they are proposing to Chapter 8 – the Corporate Sentencing Guidelines – of the U.S. Sentencing Manual. As most of you know, the Guidelines are relatively rarely applied to companies at sentencing – most criminal allegations are settled or otherwise resolved before adjudication and formal sentencing. The… Continue Reading

When Do You Have To Leave?

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Regardless whether the recent e-mails concerning the AIG bailout that have surfaced (as a result of Congressman Issa’s FOIA request) do or don’t indict Geithner, our Turbo Tax challenged Secretary of the Treasury, they are, at the very least, a huge embarrassment to the legal profession. Although the Fed’s General Counsel claimed that Geithner had… Continue Reading

ACC Events Blog- Ethics is Today’s Topic

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Today, February 19th Susan Hackett, the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), is conducting a half-day Ethics Training course for members of Marriott’s legal department.  While Susan guides attendees through an interactive session designed for the professional, ethical and compliance related challenges facing in-house counsel, live reports will… Continue Reading

ACC Law Department Ethics DVD Presentation

Posted in Ethics & Compliance

Today, Susan Hackett is delivering the ACC Ethics DVD presentation to over 50 in-house counsel at Marriott headquarters. The ethics DVD, produced in late 2008, first debuted to great acclaim, at the ACC Annual Meeting in Seattle last October.  It’s interactive and ‘open style’ forum allows for participants to share their thoughts and perspective on different ethical scenarios… Continue Reading

NTI Legal Quick Hit- Legal and Compliance: Bridging the Gap

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On tomorrow’s New to In-house Committee Monthly Teleconference, Howard Steinberg, of McDermott, Will & Emery, will be presenting on the ways to bridge the gap between the compliance and legal departments. Here’s a quick description of the discussion: "The current economic crisis and its ramifications are putting legal and compliance departments under additional stress.  This… Continue Reading

In the News: Whistleblowing Around the Globe

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My favorite source for legal news, law.com, has a story on the conflict between the Sarbox whistleblower requirement in the US vs. the European take on the issue. But this isn’t really news. The issue was covered in the ACC Docket article, “Clash of the Titans,” back in the April issue. Read both and tell… Continue Reading