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Recent Posts by Harper Wells

Don't Let Employees Fall Into The Gifts & Entertainment Grey Area


A restaurant gift card was all that separated me from my strait-laced corporate image and an orange jumpsuit...

Okay, I am prone to drama, but jest aside, I was at risk of violating company policy and I didn’t even know it. The incident I am referring to happened prior to my role as a compliance practitioner who knew where to find our corporate policies – and that there may even be one relating to gifts and entertainment (aka business courtesies)!

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What Conduct Risk Has In Common With My Thanksgiving Plans


I received a call from my mother-in-law yesterday. She wanted to know if we were planning to come over for Thanksgiving. Not unusual. But the conversation that followed was so…2020. Upon my affirmation of ‘yes’ (we would never miss her cooking and company!), she proceeded to lay out her COVID-19 friendly Thanksgiving Strategy, centered around our family self-quarantining from now until then if we wished to enter her home:

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Analytics or “analytics”: It’s not like tomato, tom-ah-to.

Analytics. It has become the go-to (and let’s face it, often overused) word for compliance practitioners who seek to evolve their programs in a meaningful way by leveraging data. Compliance training is a powerful source of this type of transformational data for teams to leverage, as it is one of the most substantive interactions the organization has with every employee. But that data often falls short. The challenge with much of the data that comes out of compliance training is that it’s not truly insightful...despite many vendors best efforts, the “data” that comes out of most training platforms is completion and quiz data. This just is not deep enough insight for most teams.

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’Tis the Season…for Election Season: Here Are Three Employee Reminders

With less than 30 days until the general election, let’s face it, the political climate in 2020 makes Game of Thrones intrigue seem tame, regardless of your leanings. Not to mention everything else that makes 2020…unique!

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Updated Guidance from the DOJ: What You Need to Know and Act On

On June 1, 2020, the Department of Justice updated its guidance document, Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (the “Guidance”), superseding previous guidance from April 2019 and February 2017.

The Guidance, which is intended as a reference of information and questions for prosecutors – think of it as an framework – to ask companies when evaluating their compliance programs amidst investigations and subsequent charging decisions, provides us a lens into how we should be structuring our programs. You can view the key takeaways of the 2019 guidance updates here

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Compliance After COVID: Reassessing Your Risk Landscape

COVID-19 has changed so many things about our lives, both personally and professionally. Many of us are acclimating to a new normal of remote work and virtual meetings amongst competing priorities like family and finances. One thing that it hasn’t changed, is the importance of doing the right thing.

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An Open Letter To My Compliance Colleagues

We’re living in a time of uncertainty and are hanging on daily news cycles to hear the latest information. Most of us are hunkering down at home, putting an entirely new meaning to work-life balance. Like, literally, some of our “offices” may be in our bedroom (I see that laptop propped up on your pillows!)

But your job isn’t business as usual. In fact, it’s business and compliance risk on steroids.

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