To Be or Not to Be a Whistleblower?

To Be or Not to Be a Whistleblower?

Whistleblowers across the European Union (EU) have won greater protection under landmark legislation aimed at encouraging reports of wrongdoing. According to the BBC, “The new law, approved by the European Parliament, shields whistleblowers from retaliation and creates "safe channels" to allow them to report breaches of EU law. It is the first-time whistleblowers have been given EU-wide protection.

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Australia Takes a Big Step Forward in Whistleblower Protection

Australia Takes a Big Step Forward in Whistleblower Protection

After years of working with these issues on a global scale, we are happy to see Australia becoming the next in an increasingly longer line of jurisdictions moving to enhance the protection of whistleblowers. The Australian Senate recently adopted the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2017. According to the Explanatory Memorandum, the new laws will affect approximately 33,000 companies in Australia. Costs of non-compliance can be high, including criminal prosecution and million-dollar fines.

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Supporting Whistleblowers Begins with Semantics

Supporting Whistleblowers Begins with Semantics

In 2003, the ACFE awarded its first Sentinel Award to its namesake, Oscar-winning actor Cliff Robertson, “For Choosing Truth Over Self.” Robertson, known as “The Whistleblower of Hollywood,” courageously exposed and pressed for the investigation of the then- head of Columbia Pictures for check forgery.

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5 Ways to Build Trust in a Hotline Reporting Program

5 Ways to Build Trust in a Hotline Reporting Program

Are fraud reporting hotlines worth it? Yes, according to the ACFE’s Report to the Nations, a biennial global study on occupational fraud. For more than a decade, the ACFE’s Report to the Nations has measured the effect of hotlines on generating tips about occupational fraud, and the data has consistently shown that frauds are more likely to be detected by tip when a hotline is in place. While 46% of cases in the report were detected by tip at organizations with a hotline, only 30% of cases were detected by tip in organizations without a hotline.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Fraud Allegations at Aflac

Everything You Need to Know About the Fraud Allegations at Aflac

The insurance company Aflac is probably known best for its ubiquitous duck mascot. It is also consistently ranked on Ethisphere magazine’s World’s Most Ethical Company list, and Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies and 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials lists. But in the coming months and years, it might also become well-known for fraud and worker abuses.

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