Ethics Policies vs. Whistleblower Policies – What’s the Difference?

Many companies and organizations have a code of ethics and best practices. However, these policies are useless unless you have a meaningful way to handle violations. This means in addition to a code of ethics and best practices, your company should also have in place a whistleblower policy for reporting violations. While there are similarities

What is a Whistleblower Compliance Hotline?

Continental Message Solution’s Whistleblower Compliance Hotline Service, also referred to as a Fraud and Ethics Hotline, is a third-party incident reporting solution. The hotline functions as a safe, anonymous means for employees and stakeholders to file complaints and report suspicious activity. Does My Company Need a Whistleblower Compliance Hotline? The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) act requires all

How a Confidential Employee Reporting System Works

Employee complaints provide distinct problems for companies. How do you collect the complaints? Who should the complaints be filed with? How do you protect your employees from workplace retaliation? These are just some of the questions that need answering as you think about what kind of system your company should implement. While there are many

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Standard Elements of a Whistleblower Policy

Since the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley act and, more recently, the Supreme Court’s decision to expand whistleblower protection, companies have been adopting whistleblower policies to facilitate internal reporting and protect informants.  After reviewing several policies from a range of organizations, we’ve compiled some of the core elements. Our intention is to give you and your

Small Businesses Must Now Consider Whistleblower Compliance Guidelines

Now that some private companies are faced with meeting compliance standards set by the recent Supreme Court Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) ruling protecting whistleblowers from employer retaliation, many employers are brushing up on whistleblower law, learning what is needed to meet compliance regulations, and retaining legal advice.   Whistleblowers are employees who expose fraud, waste, or other