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September 2013

Workplace Incivility: The New Normal

Ethics in the Workplace demands Civil Behavior and treating others with Respect This is nothing new. You would have to be an ostrich not to know that civility in America has been declining for years. The blame can be attributed to many factors including the anonymous use of social media... Read more →

Whistle-Blowing and Accountants’ Ethical Obligations

When do Accountants' Ethical Responsibilities to the Public Trump Confidentiality? Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. On June 12, 2013, the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission announced its second-ever whistleblower award under Dodd-Frank. According to the SEC, it received over 3,000 whistleblower tips... Read more →

Employee Fired for Calling in Sick

What are the legal protections to help you retain your job if you are sick? Last week I received a query on my Workplace Ethics Advice blog from an employee who had missed two weeks of work because of a medical procedure with complications. She was fired from her job... Read more →

Deloitte Fined in the U.K. for Failing to Protect the Public Interest

Deloitte's Conflict of Interest with the Ownership of MG Rover Group On September 9, Big-Four international accounting firm Deloitte & Touche was fined a record £14m (about $22m) from the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) accountancy watchdog for failing to manage conflicts of interest over their advice to the doomed car maker... Read more →

Fraud Prevention Measures to Enhance Workplace Ethics

Establishing Controls to Combat Workplace Fraud An article by Mike Savage, who is with the Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services group at Ernst & Young in Canada, provides helpful advice for business owners seeking to stem the tide of increased fraud in the workplace. Savage points out that “while the... Read more →