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December 2013

The Do’s and Don’ts of Applying for a Job Position: Ethical Considerations

Sending Unsolicited Supporting Emails From Former 'Employers' Can Backfire A few weeks ago a student of mine asked for my advice with respect to applying for a position to start on January 6. She had just graduated with a bachelor’s degree and had two companies in mind. She asked me... Read more →

Resolve to be a Better Person in 2014

Work Ethic, Civility and Personal Responsibility are the Keys to being a Better Person A strong work ethic is the cornerstone of an ethical society. If we do not care about doing a job and doing it well, then we fall into the trap of caring more about ourselves and... Read more →

UK Firm Fined for Inadequate Internal Controls and Bribe Risks

Proactive Action by the UK Sets a Positive Example for the US I have blogged about foreign bribery in the United States a few times before including yesterday when I addressed the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the U.S. This morning I read that the United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct... Read more →

Free Speech Zones on University Campuses Violate Free Speech

Academic Freedom Challenged by Restricted Student Speech It’s hard to believe but many universities have designated “free speech zones” on their campuses as a way to restrict the open expression of ideas to small areas of public property. Maybe it’s just me – although I doubt it – but I... Read more →

‘Nostalgia Accounting’ a threat to IFRS Adoption

Is it time to abort IFRS adoption in the United States? As recent as 2010, the accounting community was looking at the issue of IFRS adoption in the U.S. as a fait accompli. The regulators had said that International Financial Reporting Standards would replace Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in... Read more →

Comparing Workplace Harassment to Workplace Bullying

Obligations of Targeted Parties and Employers Workplace bullying and workplace harassment have many similarities but important differences exist. Both tend to threaten workplace harmony and productivity, and they can cause real damage to the bullied/harassed person. If you think you might be the target of a bully or harasser at... Read more →

JP Morgan Chase’s agreement on Fraud Charges and Valuing Ethics in Business

Analysis of: Crisis of Culture: Valuing Ethics and Knowledge in Financial Services On November 19, JPMorgan Chase agreed to a $13-billion settlement with the U.S. government over selling faulty mortgage investments. The nation's largest bank admitted to knowingly selling the toxic securities that helped lead to the housing bubble and... Read more →