It is widely agreed that every company needs to have a policy statement on legal and ethical conduct. The Organizational Sentencing Guidelines require that a company 'must have taken steps to communicate effectively its standards and procedures to all employees and other agents, e.g., by requiring participation in training Courses or by disseminating publications that explain in a practical manner what is required.' Thus, if a company hopes to qualify for more lenient treatment under the Guidelines in the event of employee or corporate misconduct, having, disseminating and enforcing a Code of Conduct is essential.
This Course provides a model Code of Conduct that is a synthesis of more than 20 such policies in use by major companies today. A company that already has a Code in place can customize and use this Course to communicate that policy to its employees online — clearly an easy and effective way to communicate the message — and ensure the employees' familiarity with its policy quickly and cost-effectively. Likewise, for a company that has not yet assembled or implemented a Code of Conduct, the Course provides a turn-key solution that can be put in place quickly.
The topics covered in the Course include:
• Fairness and honesty • Equal employment opportunity • Employee privacy • Drug and alcohol abuse • Employee safety and health • Unlawful harassment and discrimination • Threats or violence in the workplace • Emergency preparedness • Conflicts of interest • Insider trading • Using company computer systems • Using other company property • Protecting confidential information • Copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property • Record retention and disposal • Avoiding bribery and kickbacks • Speaking for the company • Environmental health and safety • Political activities