On Requiring Covid Vaccination

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We interrupt our regular schedule of ethics and compliance programming for fresh news about the Covid-19 pandemic: some statistics showing under what circumstances the public would or would not support vaccination requirements to participate in daily life. The statistics come from research firm Gartner, which polled 346 U.S. consumers last month. The headline is that…

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OSHA Steps Up Its Covid Fines

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Well this is nothing to sneeze at: OSHA inspectors just threatened the owner of a Massachusetts tax preparation firm with a $136,000 fine for prohibiting her employees from wearing masks on the job. It’s the largest fine OSHA has ever proposed for poor COVID-19 practices, and far larger than anything we saw during the Trump…

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CDC Guidance Change Worth Noting

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All right compliance officers, gird your loins. The Centers for Disease Control published new guidance this week relaxing a crucial public health restriction on people vaccinated against covid, opening what could be a Pandora’s Box of policy management challenges. The guidance came Wednesday. It specifies that “fully vaccinated persons” — people who have received all…

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OSHA on Covid Compliance at Work

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The Occupational Health & Safety Administration has published guidance on how companies should mitigate the spread of covid in the workplace — and wouldn’t know it, the material looks an awful lot like a compliance program. The document was published on Friday and should be no surprise; the Biden Administration had made clear that OSHA…

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Thoughts on ‘Return to Work’

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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Feds Warn on Vaccine Fraud

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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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PCAOB Report on Pandemic Auditing

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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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Report on Compliance Functions and Covid

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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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Report: How Covid Is Changing Internal Audit

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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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Massachusetts’ Covid-19 Attestation

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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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