Monthly Archives: December 2018

Tackling sexual harassment – the first step is to recognise the problem

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, have men finally begun to grasp how widespread the issue of sexual harassment against women is?

The answer seems to be no, according to a new study which reflects how much men in the U.S.— and 12 European countries, including Britain — underestimate levels of harassment against women. While both sexes underestimate sexual harassment, but this tendency is more pronounced among men. Men in the US were asked to estimate the levels of sexual harassment experienced by women since the age of 15 as part of an Ipsos Mori survey on the “Perils of Perception”. Their estimates were at an average of 44 percent.

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Upcoming business continuity masterclass – Conducting a tabletop exercise

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Wednesday 27 February 8:30am12:30pm, London

A tabletop exercise is a facilitated training workshop that tests existing business continuity plans to determine efficacy and identify any areas which need further attention and action. It is carried out face-to-face with a business continuity team and run with a facilitator to ensure the exercise covers all of your objectives.

In our interactive business continuity masterclass, experts Karla Gahan and Dean Hughes will share insights on how to run a tabletop exercise within your own organisation. Delegates will be presented with a clear structure on how to prepare for and run a tabletop exercise. They will also participate in a mock exercise, enabling them to understand how best to facilitate a session.

Location: A beautiful Law Society venue in central London (113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL)

Cost: The event will cost £199 per delegate and £149 for each additional delegate.

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VinciWorks by the numbers: 2018 – a year in review

2018 was another momentous year from VinciWorks. Our team continued to innovate and exceed our targets with new courses and product updates, as well as creating new guides and policy templates to help businesses stay on the right side of compliance.

Here are some of the highlights from 2018.

420,000course completions

We continued to deliver outstanding training with the number of training course completions more than doubling in 2018. GDPR is the most popular course, accounting for almost 25% of course completions, with anti-money laundering continuing to be a mainstay in most of our clients’ onboarding plan for new staff.

100,000 GDPR training completions

In the two years leading to the EU-wide General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on 25 May, VinciWorks made sure businesses were ahead of the game with their compliance tools and training. GDPR: Privacy at Work comes complete with a course builder, ensuring the most relevant training was delivered to each individual user. For users who required refresher training, or who were in lower-risk positions, GDPR: The Basics guides users through the changes being applied as a result of GDPR. Compliance is an ongoing process and VinciWorks continues to record around 5,000 GDPR course completions a month.

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New course release – Competition Law: Know Your Market

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Competition Law: Know Your Market contains three modules on cartels, prices and competitors

VinciWorks has just released a new course as part of its Market Rules series. Competition Law: Know Your Market drops users into a set of immersive scenarios to test their knowledge, understanding and ability to comply with UK competition law. The course is broken into short modules that cover different aspects of UK competition law, including price-fixing, cartels and meetings with competitors. Each module contains simulations of real business dilemmas with key learning points related to the scenario.

Each set of scenario questions is illustrated with real life examples and the latest news concerning enforcement action from the Competition and Markets Authority. Users come away with a comprehensive understanding of the UK Competition Act, the Enterprise Act, and how to apply their knowledge to everyday situations.

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Tabletop exercises – What do you mean I’m on the Business Continuity team?

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The unthinkable has happened and you’re busy gathering your business continuity team together to manage the incident. You pop your head around the door to the Head of HR and they say they have no idea that they’re meant to be on the team. The Head of Legal says the same. You’re already in a high-pressure situation as time is against you and now you need to explain to these people how the team works when what you really need is for them to mobilise quickly and perform their role.

Many organisations have detailed business continuity plans sitting on their shelves and the board, the auditors and often the insurers are expecting that the team will be able to respond quickly should an incident occur. However, many business continuity teams have never even met, let alone understand their role or what they will need to do in the heat of an incident. Tabletop exercises are an essential part of the business continuity process. However, many organisations may not have the experience or buy-in to conduct this training. Part of the issue in convincing organisations of the true value of these sessions is a lack of understanding of the benefit these exercises can bring.

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On-demand webinar – Understanding the SRA Regulatory Reforms

The Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA) has been finalising a package of reforms designed to provide solicitors and law firms with greater flexibility over how they operate, making legal services more accessible to the public.

These include the new Price Transparency Rules set to be introduced on 6 December 2018, the Insurance Distribution Directive and reforms to the SRA Handbook including revised Account Rules.

In our recent webinar, Richard Williams, Policy Associate at the SRA, Ruth Cohen, Legal and Research Executive at VinciWorks and Gary Yantin, Director of Best Practice at VinciWorks explored the upcoming changes to the SRA Handbook. The webinar explored the implications of the SRA reforms and gave guidance and tips on how to be SRA compliant.

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Sexual harassment training tailored for New York firms

The headline is sadly too familiar. We’re told how many more victims have now come forward since the first allegation of sexual misconduct against the previously well-respected celebrity. Victims who knew the perpetrator in a professional capacity with accounts that stretch back to when they, now in the twilight of their career, were in their youth. The reader’s suspicions are confirmed that the abuse was either left unnoticed, ignored, or sadly, but most likely, swept under the carpet for decades. Of course, the unfortunate reality is that for every celebrity in the headlines there are many more non-celebrities whose acts are equally appalling but not newsworthy.

In acknowledgment of this, on May 10th, 2018 the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act was passed with the aim of protecting all employees in New York from sexual harassment in the workplace. The Act places a requirement on New York employers to review their policies and procedures relating to sexual harassment and provide annual anti-sexual harassment training to their staff.

Read more: A guide to the New York sexual harassment laws

What we learned from #MeToo

VinciWorks realized that sexual harassment was an issue that was vital to address from a compliance perspective when the #MeToo movement revealed the shocking prevalence of abuse within society. We began by conducting some research into why workplace sexual harassment was still rife and worryingly found that 50% of respondents didn’t think their organization would deal with a report of sexual harassment very seriously. It confirmed what we already suspected – harassment is a topic that needs to look at the end point first and ask the toughest question: is there a culture of sexual harassment within this organization?

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Competition Law – Understanding price fixing

Competition law is a series of rules and regulations which seeks to maintain fair competition in an open market and regulate anti-competitive conduct by companies. One of the key aspects of competition law is price fixing. This is an illegal activity that can result in huge fines, criminal convictions and imprisonment.

What is price fixing?

Price-fixing is agreeing with a competitor what price customers will be charged. It can also include agreements not to sell something below a minimum price or agreeing not to undercut a competitor. Price-fixing leads to inflated prices and customers being overcharged.

Who is covered by price fixing regulations?

Competition law applies to online markets as well as traditional sellers. It also applies equally to small businesses as well as large ones.

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