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Apple Insider Trading Case Underscores Basics of Effective Internal Investigations

March 1, 2019 | Financial Crime Consulting Investigations

Lesson From Apple

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed a lawsuit against a former Apple executive alleging he engaged in insider trading. According to the SEC’s complaint, as the previous global head of corporate law and corporate secretary, he was responsible for ensuring that employees complied with the company’s policy on insider trading. He also received material non-public information about Apple’s finances as a member of the company’s disclosure committee. The SEC alleges he, on at least three occasions, … Read More

Lateral Hiring: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

May 18, 2018 | Investigations

In a highly competitive lateral market, about half of law firm hires don’t make it past the first five years and retention rates continue to disappoint. Retaining key hires can be a complex issue and chief among the considerations is being sure the due diligence is done before making an offer. A quick scan of any legal publication illustrates how, time and time again, the reputation of a firm is damaged by a lack of proper due diligence.

The scenario … Read More

#MeToo Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: An Overview for Employers

November 22, 2017 | Investigations

Sexual harassment is a topic discussed in earnest at all levels of our organizations. Businesses are now looking backwards and questioning past accepted behavior in light of today’s public allegations. While this may demonstrate enlightened reflection on the part of business, it can also shed light on cultural, accepted norms and vulnerabilities which may impact these organizations.

Each business has a specific DNA or culture and can range from large publicly-traded, very traditional organizations to those organizations which are described … Read More

Worksite Enforcement on the Rise

October 6, 2017 | Immigration + Border Services Investigations

Last week U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a news release regarding a significant worksite enforcement settlement which was touted as the “largest civil settlement agreement ever levied by ICE”. The question being asked by many employers, “Is this the return to worksite enforcement under the Trump Administration?” Given the strong talks about the southern border wall and being more aggressive on immigration enforcement by the current Administration, one area that has remained relatively quiet is worksite enforcement, both … Read More

President Trump Hints that Worksite Enforcement May Return

January 23, 2017 | Immigration + Border Services Investigations

During his inaugural address, President Trump provided a glimpse into the priorities his administration will pursue, including immigration enforcement. He stated, in part, “We will get our people off of welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.” This clearly points not only a desire to prevent the outsourcing of American jobs, but also a desire to ensure only authorized workers in the United States are engaged in the workforce.

President Trump and … Read More