Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Modern Slavery Act – A Guide to Compliance

Time is ticking on the Modern Slavery Act. Organisations with a financial year ending 31 March 2016 have a looming compliance deadline in September.

Under the Act, organisations with over £36m in revenue must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement within six months of their financial year. This statement should detail the steps taken to identify and eradicate slavery from the supply chain, including:

  • Slavery and human trafficking policies
  • Due diligence procedures
  • Risk assessments and KPIs
  • Staff training

Forming a proper statement takes months of preparation. Policies need to be drafted, staff must be trained. Now is the time for all companies affected by the Act to start laying the groundwork for compliance.

VinciWorks has released a complimentary guide to compliance with with the Modern Slavery Act. Written by experts on the new law, the guide details the steps you must take to prepare a slavery and human trafficking statement. It includes sample statements, practical examples and checklists.

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A new 10 minute course on changes to CPD

Led by Director of Best Practice, Gary Yantin, this course covers everything a solicitor needs to know about the SRA’s new approach to continuing competence.




If you license the Continuing Competence Module, this new course is free and has been added to your Learning Management System.

Alternatively, firms can license firm-wide access to this course for a one-time fee of £495 +VAT.

This will enable you to deploy the course to every employee and track who has completed the training. You will be able to customise the introduction and conclusion of the course to suit your firm’s policy and link to further information.
Click here to order now.

Course outcomes

Users of this course will learn how to identify learning needs, build a learning and development plan and consider methods for recording and demonstrating that they have fulfilled the SRA’s requirements.

  • Know how to reflect on your practice in relation to the SRA competence statement
  • Know how to create and maintain a learning and development plan
  • Understand how to use new approaches to learning to enhance your competence
  • Learn the regulations and find out what has changed

Introducing AML 360° — a new approach to money laundering refresher training

Today VinciWorks released AML 360 — the perfect refresher course for users that claim to know it all. Instead of rehashing the legislation and CDD procedures, the course goes beyond the basics by engaging learners with the hot topics of the day. The interactivity and rapid pace of the course creates an immersive experience in which users take an active role in the material rather than passively consuming information.

AML 360° is geared towards lawyers or support staff who have already undertaken money laundering training and understand the subject matter. It delves into more detail and explores emerging areas such as bitcoin and the Fourth Money Laundering Directive.

The course covers eight subjects in less than 20 minutes

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Introducing Human Nagware

April 1, 2016

Introducing Human Nagware

Because sometimes email is not enough

London — Convincing people to complete their compliance training has always been a challenge. Work deadlines, client pressures and other high priority tasks all contribute to employees neglecting their online courses. However, training on topics such as money laundering, bribery and diversity is mandatory and important.

Due to compliance requirements, firms require that staff complete training, and expensive administrative resources are spent chasing non-compliant individuals. Moreover, low completion rates expose firms to regulatory sanctions.

How Nagware changed compliance

In 2011 VinciWorks improved the state of compliance training forever when it introduced its revolutionary Nagware. With Nagware firms could auto-remind employees to complete training with gently escalating reminder emails.

“Nagware was a game changer”, Howard Finger, VinciWorks’ CEO commented. “Overnight, course completions tripled. Firms were asking us to incorporate Nagware into other processes in order to increase compliance rates. To fulfil that request we developed Policy Tracker for tracking policy compliance and we integrated Nagware into the Risk Management System for control procedures. We are now looking at Nagware for the Breaches Register and the Annual PI Questionnaire.”

Nagware did not go far enough

However, Nagware did not go far enough. In a pilot programme with Local Law LLP to test the efficacy of different Nag regimens, the compliance rate never rose above 75%. Nigel Plaskitt of Local Law summed up the experiment: “We threatened, we cajoled, we sent ominous emails from the managing partner. Nothing seemed to work. There were always 15-20 people who did not complete the mandatory courses.”

The only solution was a human touch

Adam Sinclair, VinciWorks’ Director of Product was tasked with finding a solution. “We hired UX experts, social scientists, you name it; we threw every resource we had at the product. We tried iPhone apps, robo-calling and text-messaging. The best we could achieve was 85% compliance.”
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