Sexual harassment is an umbrella term encompassing a number of unwanted behaviors that include physical as well as non-physical harassment. Sexual harassment in your workplace is a serious issue and, no matter how large or small the incidents are and who is involved, managers or employers must take quick and appropriate actions. Sexual harassment can be perpetrated by anyone in the workplace like a co-worker, manager or a client. The perpetrator and the recipient could be anyone, irrespective of the gender. Physical harassment includes touches, hugs and coerced sex acts whereas non-physical harassment includes suggestive gestures and remarks, and requests for sexual fervors. In fact any conduct of sexual nature that makes an employee uncomfortable can be termed as sexual harassment. Continue reading “Strategies To Prevent Sexual Harassment In Your Workplace”
Exporters are increasingly feeling the pressure to conform to international compliance standards if they are to enter successfully developed country markets. Food safety regulations and quality have become increasingly important globally in recent years, not only in terms of protecting the health of the consumer and ensuring food safety, but also to meet requirements for international trade. To facilitate such trade, it is necessary to implement international standards, guidelines, and recommendations for the production of safe and quality-assured foods.
In the food sector, periodic outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have led to stricter regulation, making suppliers of branded produce liable for the safety of their products unless they can show due diligence. The first thing needed by enterprises considering exporting their products is up-to-date information about the applicable technical requirements, both voluntary and mandatory, in the target markets. After obtaining the right information, enterprises have to adapt their products to export market requirements. This may require expensive investment to purchase equipment and upgrade infrastructure.
In the recent years, virtual currencies have gained a lot of prominence in the real world. Different types of virtual currency have evolved, which have also resulted in the increased risks in the areas of information technology, compliance, and financial crime. Virtual currencies are available in the digital form and do not follow the same regulations as the e-money (traditional currency exchanged electronically). However, with the growing popularity of virtual currencies, regulatory expectations and guidance on their risk management are also emerging at a fast pace. Failure to meet the regulations may lead to severe consequences like criminal or civil penalties, in case the money is laundered through the virtual currencies system. Continue reading “Virtual Currency – Maintaining Compliance with Regulations”
Anti Money laundering continues to be a major issue in the financial ecosystem but the methods are changing drastically in this technology-driven era. The Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) was introduced long back, mandating the reporting of suspected fraud or laundering. However, now the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has modified and expanded the anti-money laundering (AML) requirements. Financial organizations now have rules, outlined by the Department of the Treasury agency, to include reporting cyber-enabled crime and cyber-events through Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). Apart from including the questionable activity by customers, the updated rules also include suspicious activity on the bank level. Continue reading “Anti Money Laundering in the Digital Era”
With the implementation of new technologies, adoption of electronic health record technology and association with health information exchanges, more healthcare organizations are exposing themselves to HIPAA data breaches and other online threats. In this scenario Protected Health Information (PHI), in addition to being available to the concerned people, is also becoming more and more accessible to hackers and unauthorized third parties. This means covered entities and business associates need to stay updated about the advancing technologies to maintain PHI security. Understanding the basics and underlying reasons for HIPAA data breach is the first step in creating comprehensive data security plans which the healthcare organizations can apply to their daily operations. Continue reading “Rules And Regulations Surrounding HIPAA Data Breach”
HRCI And SHRM Approved Webinars A Continuing Education Credit (CEC) or Continuing Education Unit (CEU) refers to a measure used in continuing education programs for helping professionals maintain their license in the profession. Continuing education is mandatory in several fields and is described as participation in different educational programs and activities. Continue reading “Double Up Your Learning Benefits With HRCI And SHRM Approved Webinars”
With the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry, the advent of digital tools, processes, and platforms has also been prominent. This has dramatically transformed the face of clinical trials and is making way for new opportunities to improve the trial processes further. However, in this changing scenario, the professionals need to develop new systems and procedures to evaluate new technologies and analyze if these can streamline the trail experiences. Continue reading “Technology Based Protocol Development in Pharmaceutical Industry”
A problem or a complaint, formal or informal, in a company often puts the employer in a tight spot where the workflow or the company’s reputation could be at stake. In such workplace investigation cases, it’s important for the employer to carry out a proper investigation. However, in many organizations, HR or compliance investigators lack appropriate training for conducting workplace investigations. Being an employer you must know that w hen a problem arises, it’s essential to take fast and effective action in order to find out the cause and remedy of the problem, and also to protect the company from dire consequences. Continue reading “Make Your Workplace Investigation Successful”
Today, maintaining Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Banking Compliance in the financial regulatory environment requires much more than just managing numbers. As per certain regulations, monitoring fraudulent trading practices isn’t enough and the firms are also required to monitor communications throughout a transaction or trade life cycle. For this, it’s important to obtain additional information regarding monitored users and their activities. Such information might include relationship discrepancies, behavior anomalies or any other fluctuations in trade data or communication. Continue reading “Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Banking Compliance”
Most of the people are aware of the laws protecting employees from harassment and discrimination but very few know that there are also laws protecting from Workplace Retaliation. In this digital era, the social media is increasingly being used by the employees for complaining about their employers or employees. Consequently, employment-law retaliation claims, concerning social media activity, has also gained prominence. In light of certain laws, the employers need to think about their social media policies carefully to avoid legal liabilities. Continue reading “Workplace Retaliation: Laws and Concerns in the Digital Era”