Earlier this week I moderated a webinar about the compliance challenges businesses will face as they strive for a post-pandemic to return to work, when I realized: we should stop saying “return to work.” That’s not quite what companies will do in 2021, and compliance officers need a better understanding of what lies ahead.  Start…

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vaccine

The U.S. Treasury Department is warning financial firms to be on the lookout for frauds and cyber attacks related to covid vaccines, and asking for some tweaks to what firms include in Suspicious Activity Reports that you might file in connection with vaccine scams.  FinCEN, the enforcement wing of the Treasury Department, published the guidance…

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pandemic

The PCAOB just published a mid-pandemic progress report on how audit firms are handling their work during coronavirus. Compliance and audit executives may want to give it a read for hints about how auditors are trying to inspect your internal controls and which risks are high priority. The report, Staff Observations and Reminders During the…

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covid

A survey of more than 300 compliance officers finds that roughly half of you have been exclusively working from home since the Covid-19 crisis started four months ago — and while that transition hasn’t been as bad as you’d feared, concerns about compliance failures and budget cuts are rising swiftly. So says a report from…

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audit

The internal audit world is bracing for big change thanks to Covid-19: tighter budgets, more risk assessments, changes to the audit plan, and — like so many others these days — lots of working from home.  So says a special report published by the Institute of Internal Auditors on Monday, based on a survey of…

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covid

The state of Massachusetts has unveiled its plans to resume business activity after 10 weeks of Covid-19 lockdown, complete with a step that compliance professionals may see more often: a compliance attestation poster that every business will need to display publicly and prominently.  The poster certifies that the business in question has taken four steps…

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cdc

Risk and compliance officers may have seen word that the Trump Administration has shelved pending guidance from the Centers for Disease Control about how to re-open business operations amid Covid-19 — but fear not! The guidance leaked anyway, so you can read and consider the advice at your leisure. The document, 17 pages long, is…

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cruise

Royal Caribbean International has agreed to an exhausting set of criteria from the Centers for Disease Control so the cruise line can evacuate its employees from ships stuck at sea — including the risk of civil and criminal penalties for senior executives should Royal Caribbean bungle the task. That certainly takes the importance of running…

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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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