Category Archives: Industry News

Guidance for U.K. Employers on Preventing Violence/Harassment

Employers in the United Kingdom receive advice on implementing an agreement reached by a group of European employer and trade union organizations.  This guidance pack is a result of a partnership by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). It is designed for use by both employers and workers.  It can be downloaded for free here.

Ethics Resource Center Report Says Unethical Behavior Has NOT Increased

A devastated American economy did not translate into an increase in unethical behavior at U.S. companies, according to a new study from the Ethics Resource Center (ERC).  Although the ERC’s 2009 National Business Ethics Survey report found that retaliation against employees who reported misconduct has increased slightly since a similar survey two years earlier, most other measures of ethical behavior improved.  According to the report:

  • Overall misconduct at U.S. workplaces is down. Fewer employees said they had witnessed misconduct on the job. This measure fell from 56 percent in 2007 to 49 percent in 2009.
  • Whistle-blowing has increased. Most workers—63 percent—who observed misconduct said that they reported it. That’s up from 58 percent two years earlier.
  • Ethical culture appears to be stronger. ERC’s measures of the strength of the ethical culture in the workplace increased from 53 percent in 2007 to 62 percent in 2009.
  • Pressure to cut corners has decreased. Overall, employees who perceived pressure to commit an ethics violation—to cut corners, or worse—declined slightly, from 10 percent in 2007 to 8 percent in the latest survey.
  • Perceived retaliation as a result of a report of misconduct rose, from 12 to 15 percent, over the two years.

However, the ERC report sounds a warning: “The lesson for organizations is that when more settled, prosperous times return, misconduct is likely to creep upward again” as the sense of crisis dissipates.

French Court Fines eBay for Perfume Sales

A French court on Monday ordered online auction site eBay to pay 1.7 million euros (2.5 million dollars) to luxury goods maker LVMH for unauthorised selling of its perfumes, the companies said.  Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy administrator Pierre Gode said the court ordered the payment after eBay breached an earlier ruling forbidding it from selling LVMH brand perfumes such as Kenzo, Givenchy, Christian Dior and Guerlain.

Gode said that Monday’s decision protected its right to choose how its products are sold.  Ebay’s director in France, Alexander von Schirmeister, responded in a statement that the ruling penalised consumers. In September a French court ordered eBay to pay 80,000 euros to LVMH for selling fake versions of its branded perfumes.

DHS Presentation on Threat Detection & Reaction

The Department of Homeland Security has posted a free, 23 minute on-line presentation geared to retail and shopping center sectors on the issue of recognizing potential threats.  It can be found at this link.

Scotland Yard Shuts Down Scam Sites

The Metropolitan Police said Thursday it shut down more than 1,200 Web sites that purported to sell merchandise such as Tiffany jewelry and Ugg boots but instead shipped counterfeit goods or nothing at all, and put shoppers at risk of identity theft and financial fraud.

The Metropolitan Police said its Central e-Crime Unit worked with U.K. domain-name registry Nominet to shut down the Web addresses of the sites, and to keep them from being re-registered.

Police said the sites were run by criminal networks, and most of the sites were run out of Asia, despite having “co.uk” domain names, thanks to false registration details. Police alleged that the Web sites are thought to have generated “millions of pounds” for the scammers.