The threats to your personal and professional cyber security are ever-growing, with the needs of each organisation and employee varying. VinciWorks has therefore added a further 6 apps to it’s bank of available customisations.
Cyber Security and IT
A module for IT professionals covering steps to take during a cyber attack and the latest on security methods to keep your organisation safe.
What constitutes acceptable use of company resources? Review the do’s and don’ts of the fair and proper use of business equipment and protect it from unauthorised access.
The interpretation of the Equality Act 2010 in everyday life continues to evolve and progress. Tribunal decisions and court cases are constantly adding layers to equality and diversity best practice. One important general update employers should bear in mind is that the £1,200 employment tribunal fee was scrapped by the Supreme Court last month.
This roundup of the latest rulings will help you review equality policy and practice in your workplace.
Since the first modern slavery statements were published a year ago, we have gained perspective on what companies can do to fight slavery in the supply chain and the benefits of a robust anti-slavery programme. On Tuesday 26th September at 12:00pm, Richard Beale will be joining VinciWorks to discuss the practical aspects of modern slavery compliance and answer any questions you may have.
Meet the expert
Richard Beale is the Global Director of Supply Chain at Marshalls plc. and has over 20 years of experience managing global supply chain and procurement in the FMCG, retail, financial services, private equity and manufacturing sectors. At Marshalls, Richard is piloting a cutting-edge supplier education programme focusing on the elimination of modern slavery.
Ensuring an organization promotes an anti-slavery culture is now more vital than ever. Organisations must therefore ensure their staff feel comfortable bringing up any concerns they have regarding slavery. All staff should be familiar with the organisation’s modern slavery statement and be able to identify a red flag worth raising with their employer. VinciWorks has therefore created a modern slavery whistleblowing policy template that can easily be updated to suit your organisation and staff.
As the first year of the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence enters its final quarter, we have introduced two new reports in the VinciWorks Continuing Competence Module that will help you analyse learning progress across the firm.
The reports are:
- Competency – Progress by User
- Competency – All Needs
How to get millennials to marry your company
Is your firm feeling a bit male, pale and stale? Have millennial hires turned your office into a revolving door, with new faces never staying long enough for you to remember their names? Is the talent pool shrinking, or is the traditional bait just no longer working?
Whatever the causes, failing to attract top talent is one of the top risks consistently identified by firms through VinciWorks Risk Management System. Like an apocalyptic horror novel where the human race ceases to reproduce, the risk of not attracting and retaining top talent is like a ticking clock counting down to demographic disaster. With every retirement party attended and every leaving card signed, another void opens up. It’s hard to know if it can ever be properly filled.
The Criminal Finances Act, passed in April 2017, creates a new corporate criminal offence for failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. Under the new law, if an employee or a contractor helps someone evade their taxes, that business can be prosecuted for failing to prevent it from happening.
Implementing reasonable procedures to prevent tax evasion is a key defence against prosecution, but it requires a thorough risk assessment, a top-down commitment and a roll out of staff training. Procedures should be proportional to the risks faced, so a law or accounting firm who gives tax advice to their clients will come out as having a much higher risk.
VinciWorks is constantly updating its courses to keep up with changes in regulations, law and the risks faced by organisations every day. We also pride ourselves on providing completely customisable courses to ensure that each course is relevant to all staff in an organisation.
New module for IT professionals
IT staff in any organisation have the responsibility of ensuring their organisation is technically safe and protected. Some of the recommended steps to achieve this include:
- Applying software updates
- Implementing anti-virus and anti-malware software
- Decommissioning unnecessary services and software
- Storing passwords safely with a hash function
- Changing all default credentials
New European regulations came into force today, 8 August 2017, that have dramatically expanded the number of businesses who must ensure they follow UK sanctions rules. The European Union (Amendments of Information Provisions) Regulations 2017 make it a criminal offence to fail to report knowledge or reasonable cause to suspect someone is under an asset freeze, or has committed an offence under a financial sanctions regime. VinciWorks has updated their sanctions course to cover these new rules from today.
While the previous failure to report offences only extended to financial institutions, the new law covers:
- External accountants
- Law firms and sole practitioners
- Tax advisers
- Trust or company service providers
- Dealers in precious metals and stones
- Estate agents
VinciWorks releases new e-learning course on tax evasion
Does your organisation have “reasonable procedures” in place for preventing the facilitation of tax evasion?
The Criminal Finances Act, passed by Parliament on 27th April 2017, creates a new corporate criminal offence for failing to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion. This places the responsibility on businesses to have “reasonable procedures” in place to ensure none of their employees or contractors are involved in helping someone evade their taxes anywhere in the world. Training on tax evasion is a requirement of the new Criminal Finances Act.
About the course
VinciWorks’ new course on tax evasion will give users an understanding of what “reasonable procedures” are and how to ensure your organisation can ensure compliance with the Criminal Finances Act. Users will also learn the difference between the terms “tax evasion”, “tax avoidance” and “tax mitigation” through interactive quizzes, relevant scenarios and case studies. The course also addresses the challenge of offshore tax jurisdictions and gives guidance on how to spot red flags. Organisations can create personalised guidance for their staff, with information about the what to do and who to contact when there is a concern of tax evasion from a client.
There are two versions of the course available, one 45 minute course for high-risk staff and a 15 minute course for all other staff. You can demo both courses below.
Demo the 15 minute version
Demo the 45 minute version