Entries by Eugene F. Ferraro, CPP, CFE, PCI, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

INVESTIGATING WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTS

Though the famous consumer advocate, Ralph Nader is often credited with the first use of the term whistleblower, its origin dates back to the late 19th Century. The first whistleblowers were the famous British unarmed police officers affectionately called, “bobbies”. Whistleblowing bobbies would “blow the whistle” so that good citizens could be alerted to help […]

ALLEGED PLAGIARISM CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTIM

Jonathan Bailey * Last week, Andrew Kaczynski at CNN reported that Monica Crowley, President-Elect Donald Trump’s pick for senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, had committed plagiarism in her 2012 book entitled What The (Bleep) Just Happened.[1] In the report, Kaczynski highlighted approximately 50 instances where there was text copied, without attribution, from a variety […]

FAITH

Faith is the complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It is the belief in God, his power and his mercy. It is the ability to believe when no one else believes. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things yet seen or realized. It is neither oppressive nor […]

HOW TO PRACTICE ETHICS

“I am incredibly nervous that we will implode in a wave of accounting scandals…the business world will consider [our] past successes as nothing but an elaborate accounting hoax,” Sherron Watkins of Enron Corporation wrote in a six-page letter dated August 15, 2001. Watkins, Enron’s vice president of corporate development, sensed that the end was near […]

TEN BEST HIRING TIPS FOR 2016

There can be no argument, our employees are our most valuable asset.  They can make us, as easily as they can break us.  However, many employers don’t take the time or expend the necessary resources to seek out, and hire the best people possible. The result is often disappointment and frustration, and sometimes even litigation. […]

RECOVERING THE COST OF YOUR INVESTIGATIONS

Like most effective processes, the investigator’s effort should also produce measurable results. First and most immediate, is the return on investment, or ROI. The properly engineered investigation will often produce tangible, measurable results such as the recovery of stolen property or money; the termination of dishonest employees or vendors; and of course, successful prosecution when […]

THE FCRA REVISITED

Employers are permitted to use consumer reports when screening employment applicants and when evaluating employees for promotion, reassignment, or retention—as long as they comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). FCRA (Public Law No. 91-508) Sections 604, 606, and 615 spell out their responsibilities and the methods for using consumer reports for employment purposes. […]