random

Radical Compliance has been taking a few days off for vacation over the July 4th weekend. As we recover from yelling ourselves hoarse at those kids setting off fireworks all over town for weeks, it’s time for another round of random thoughts on ethics, compliance, audit, and whatever else comes to mind.  First, I welcome…

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Holyoke

Last week Massachusetts officials published a report about one of the worst failures of our state’s Covid-19 response so far: the deaths of dozens of elderly veterans at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Mass. in late March and early April, at the height of our coronavirus outbreak here.  The report is worth compliance and audit…

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Wynn

Today we revisit Wynn Resorts and the report its compliance monitor released last month. As you might recall, that report is a sweeping review of how Wynn has tried to rectify its operations after a sexual harassment scandal forced the departure of its founder and long-time CEO, Steve Wynn.  Last month we took a deep…

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job

Last week we published the largest Compliance Jobs Report ever, with two dozen compliance professionals moving into new companies or new roles across a range of industries and geographic locations. That was great news, but also surreal — falling on the same day that we saw unemployment jump to 14.7 percent in the United States,…

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continuity

If you ever want to see one of the most maddening side effects of Covid-19, read a sadly superb story from the New York Times this weekend examining the troubles of the U.S. food industry. It paints a powerful picture of the supply chain and business continuity risks many companies will face in months and…

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For several weeks now we’ve been spot-lighting good practices in corporate governance and compliance during the Covid-19 crisis. Today we’re flipping the script to call out some stupendously inept corporate behavior in these difficult times. Everyone, say hello to the Boston Sports Club. BSC is one of those upscale urban personal fitness chains; you probably…

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covid

Well, here’s a stroke of luck: a compliance officer I know in the tech sector happened to begin a project at the start of this year — developing an infectious disease response program for his firm. Maybe this CCO had a premonition of the future; maybe he had an inkling that Covid-19 would become a…

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survey

Calling all compliance officers who deal with internal reporting systems, which should be all of you: several academics in the “whistleblower research” field need your help with a survey they’re conducting. Please take this survey hosted by the University of Texas, which asks several questions about how compliance professionals receive and review different types of…

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pandemic

Companies everywhere are racing to retool their risk management operations to address Covid-19, and I’ve been on a quest to find as much guidance as possible to pass along to everyone else. The GRC software firm Galvanize (formerly known as ACL) just hosted an emergency webinar to talk about how it’s trying to cope —…

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covid

As we all struggle to understand the new compliance challenges forced upon us by covid, today I pass along an example relayed to me by a compliance officer working in financial services. From nitty-gritty issues of policy and procedure, to substantive questions about risk assessment, my friend told quite the thought-provoking tale.  We’ll call my…

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