Today’s column features Dallas employment lawyer Steve Kardell, an expert on executive terminations with Clouse Dunn Khoshbin LLP. Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — Cheryl Hall’s twice-weekly column in the Business Section of the Dallas Morning News includes in-depth insights and perspectives into new developments and analyzes how national trends are affecting local businesses.
Areas covered:• How ethics investigations, corporate hotlines, the tendency to seek out responsible executives as examples of corporate wrong-doing and the post-Sarbanes-Oxley world in general have made the business environment increasingly dangerous and difficult to navigate.
“A corporate executive without his own personal counsel in today’s ethics environment,” says Mr. Kardell, “is like a SWAT team member without a Kevlar vest.”
• How being a corporate whistleblower can damage your reputation, and should be avoided, if at all possible. Example: Brian McNamee, the steroids whistleblower:
“He doesn’t have much of a future in any kind of baseball, whether it be the professional variety or coaching T-ball.”
• How companies are increasingly using outside counsel and accounting firms as investigators and advisors when it comes to investigating their own employees.
• How executive terminations are being used as compliance “examples”:
“Like an Aztec sacrifice to appease the gods, [corporations] will take a mid-level exec’s heart out and roll it down the temple steps to prove they have diligence and zero tolerance.”
• How the combination of new ethics rules and a faltering economy makes for a double-edged sword.
• How the early utilization of defensive strategies can level the playing field when executives are up against corporate investigators.
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