The Compliance & Ethics Blog

What is Considered a HIPAA Breach in 2018?

By Marty Puranik, Founder, President, CEO, Atlantic.Net Especially given the Breach Notification Rule, the requirement to send out notifications to patients and other parties following compromise of your healthcare information defenses, it is important to think specifically about what a breach is and how likely ones of different types are to occur. What is and […]

Y is for Yes

Copyright © 2018 by Barney Rosenberg President, Ethics Line, LLC™ The easiest word to say in business is also one of the shortest in the English language: NO Did anyone ever get into trouble for saying “No, let’s not do that deal.”  Or “No, legal says it’s illegal.” Or “No, those are not our […]

Keeping Tabs on the RFP Process

By Ganesh Shankar CEO and Co-Founder, RFPIO, Inc. For many compliance and privacy officers, the way the company’s sales and marketing teams respond to requests for proposal (RFPs) falls well under the radar of legal, privacy and compliance concerns.  But should it? In many cases, the content that ends up in RFPs could be exposing […]

David Brent on Electronic Equipment Disposal Risk [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Congratulations:  they’ve given you a new laptop or phone.  Condolences:  you better know what they plan on doing with your old device. It’s not enough to simply put them in the trash or send them off to any ewaste recycler, explains David Brent of ERI, an electronic waste recycler.  There are […]

Workplace Incident and Scandal: True Cost and Preventative Measure

Brendan Walters Osprey Software Popular Press At this point, it is commonplace.  It is nearly impossible to miss in the news.  There are a remarkable number of workplace-related incidents each year, ranging from workplace nuisances to major infractions.  Minor incidents aren’t likely to make the news, of course, but corporate scandal, sexual harassment, and insider […]

Kirsten Liston on Emerging Trends in Compliance Training [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub As long as there have been compliance programs there has been compliance training.  Despite that constancy, how that training is delivered has changed dramatically.  It has evolved from lawyers standing in front of the room with acetates, to online training, phone-based training, and even compliance games. What’s driven the evolution?  Part […]

Dallas Mavs Address Workplace Misconduct Matters

By David D. Dodge With the support and oversight of the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks have taken vigorous steps to address misconduct in the Mavs’ front office dating back nearly two decades.  The corrosive culture in the Mavs’ organization was first reported in a Sports Illustrated article which described “a corporate culture rife with […]

X is for X (The Unknown Factor)

Copyright © 2018 by Barney Rosenberg President, Ethics Line, LLC™ All right, true confessions.  I have been dreading X in this series.  But, with your support, let’s give X a try.  We all remember solving for X from high school algebra.  The unknown factor in an equation. So what is the unknown factor that […]

Getting Seriously Public About Non-Compliant Expenses

By Kristy Grant-Hart A dollar here.  A twenty there.  A couple of doctored receipts for dinner at the office.  What’s the big deal?  We’re not talking about a first class ticket and a suite at the Olympics or purchasing a Ferrari.  We’re talking about takeaway dinners.  Yeah, sure it’s in violation of the company’s […]

Jeff Kaplan on Conflicts of Interest [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Conflicts of interests make up a large part of any compliance job, and few spend more time pondering them than Jeff Kaplan, a partner in the law firm of Kaplan & Walker and the editor of the Conflict of Interest blog. The most common conflicts, Jeff explains in this podcast, are […]

6 Tips On Writing a Code Of Conduct For a Business

By Grace Carter, Educator & Content Manager Boomessays and UK Writings services There is no business that is too small for a code of ethics. This can be a powerful tool in helping you maintain a healthy business atmosphere and avoid some common workplace issues. Some small companies believe that they don’t need a code […]

Barney Rosenberg on Compliance Openness [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Openness is both important and a challenge for compliance departments and their leaders.  On the one hand, you have to create an environment where people want to speak up, where trust is high, and transparency is embraced.  On the other hand, some things just can’t be shared publicly. Barney Rosenberg, a […]

Common Hiring Mistakes to Avoid and Foster A Great Company Culture

By Ashley Lipman Content Marketing Specialist Business owners work hard to create and cultivate company culture. However, the culture of a company does not come from upper management decree. If you want to cultivate company culture, you should start by hiring the right employees. Each new employee that you bring in has a role to […]

W is for Work Ethic

Copyright © 2018 by Barney Rosenberg President, Ethics Line, LLC™ I am certainly not an expert on this subject.  But I do hear a lot of chatter about Millennials and Gen-Xers and whatever groups come before or after them.  It usually comes in the form of criticism and is often from Baby Boomers who […]

Kasey Ingram on Compliance Lessons from a Submarine [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Kasey Ingram, the General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of ISK Americas, learned compliance and ethics from the bottom up, quite literally.  He served for several years at the bottom of the ocean as an officer aboard a nuclear ballistic submarine. While taking care of nuclear reactors and missiles may seem […]

Little Data Matters Too: Analyzing Compliance Hotline Data

  Margaret C. Scavotto, JD, CHC President, Management Performance Associates Data uses truly are getting bigger and bigger. Compliance officers who don’t mine data might feel left in the dust. But your compliance program likely holds pockets of valuable and readily accessible data, even if you aren’t high tech. Consider hotline calls as an example. […]

Samantha Kelen on Networking [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub When many people think about networking, they think of a bunch of people sharing business cards.  That’s a start, but successful networking is much more than that. Samantha Kelen, Lead Ethics Analyst at Duke Energy, knows that getting a business card is only a first step.  As she explains in this […]

Shipping Companies Respond to New Global Sulfur Cap on Marine Fuels

By Sascha Matuszak Reporter, SCCE|HCCA The world’s largest cruise operator, Carnival Cruise, has committed to a new line of cruise ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), considered to be the cleanest burning hydrocarbon available, a little under two years ahead of the deadline for the implementation of a new global sulfur cap on marine […]

How to Win at HIPAA Compliance Testing for Healthcare Apps

By Inga Shugalo Healthcare Industry Analyst at Itransition It’s official: healthcare has entered the mobile era. In its recent report, Grand View Research promised the global mHealth market hitting $111.8 billion by 2025, growing at the whopping 44.2% CAGR. While vendors are indeed racing towards creating efficient and robust solutions, it would be way too easy […]

Mike Henry on Having a Successful Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week [Podcast]

By Adam Turteltaub Each year the SCCE/HCCA encourages companies to participate in Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week.  For 2018 it will take place from November 4-10. Even if you don’t pick those dates, a week dedicated to compliance and ethics can have an enormous impact on your organization, and as Mike Henry, Senior US […]


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