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Essential Guide to Ethics Hotlines: Best Practices, Benefits, and Policies

Introduction Organizations are under continual pressure to adopt and maintain ethical practices. Stakeholders, including shareholders and customers, expect companies to behave ethically; when they don't, they are quick to voice their displeasure. In addition, the rise of social media has made it easier for people to share information about unethical behavior, putting pressure on

What is a Whistleblower Compliance Hotline?

Continental Message Solution’s Whistleblower Compliance Hotline Service, also referred to as an Ethics Hotline, is a third-party incident reporting solution. The hotline is 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 publicly traded companies

What is an Ethics Hotline?

Third-party ethics hotlines are a requirement for publicly traded companies, but many other organizations choose to employ these anonymous reporting systems because of their benefits.

How an Anonymous Sexual Harassment Hotline Can Protect Your Company

The #metoo movement has opened the world’s eyes to harassment in the workplace. Daily we are seeing new stories about celebrities and famous personalities that are being accused of harassment. Many of these stories are being taken directly to media because the victim did not have a method to safely report harassment without fear of

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

Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Compliance Provisions

In 2002 the Sarbanes-Oxley act (SOX) was signed into law. In a response to multiple accounting scandals in the early 2000’s, like those at Enron and WorldCom, SOX was implemented to protect investors by creating new or enhanced standards for public company boards, management and public accounting firms. SOX consists of eleven titles and

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 adopted 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. We intend to give you and your company

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