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OSHA issues revised whistleblower investigations manual

September 22nd, 2011

OSHA has issued Directive CPL 02-03-003, OSHA Whistleblower Investigations Manual, to be used as a reference by OSHA personnel. The manual outlines procedures, and other information, related to the handling of retaliation complaints under the various whistleblower statutes delegated to OSHA. The manual supersedes OSHA Instruction DIS 0-0.9, Whistleblower Investigations Manual, August 22, 2003; and [Read more...]

Labor Department signs agreements with IRS and seven states to coordinate efforts to stop employee misclassification

September 21st, 2011

At a ceremony hosted on September 19, 2011, by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, the Secretary http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/whd/WHD20111373.htm a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Internal Revenue Service aimed at strengthening departmental efforts to end employee misclassification. In addition, state labor commissioners and other state agency leaders representing Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah and [Read more...]

Survey reveals workers who conduct personal mailing at work cost employers $80 million

September 21st, 2011

New research out of London reveals that workers are making their employers pay to send their personal packages, with one in ten employees sending ten parcels or more a year at their bosses’ expense, costing firms over $80 million. Fifteen percent also admit to clogging up their office post rooms by having their personal parcels [Read more...]

Smaller companies lag behind in anti-corruption programs despite escalating enforcement activity

September 20th, 2011

Companies with less than $1 billion in annual revenues lag behind companies with higher revenues in their anti-corruption programs, according to a new Deloitte survey. “Accountability for businesses and their leaders is rising again around preventing and detecting corruption,” says Toby J. F. Bishop, director of the Deloitte Forensic Center, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. [Read more...]

Since enactment of Dodd-Frank whistleblower provisions, companies have increased communication about internal reporting mechanisms, training of managers, but changes aren’t as great as you might expect

September 20th, 2011

Predictions that the whistleblower provisions contained in the Dodd-Frank Act would undermine existing compliance programs, appear to have gone unrealized according to a survey conducted by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) and its affiliated Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA). The survey, conducted during July and August, was fielded among compliance and ethics [Read more...]