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Upcoming webinar: GDPR — Back to the Office

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Wednesday 25 August, 12:00pm (UK)

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and businesses begin to return to the office, companies are taking a variety of approaches to managing the transition. While some are staying at home for now and others have gone back full time, most are opting for a hybrid working policy. While this might be a sensible and fair solution for the time being, having staff work both at home as well as the office raises several data security and GDPR compliance concerns.

In this webinar, Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson will explore the key things you need to remember to keep data safe during the latest transition.

The webinar will cover:

  • How companies are transitioning back to the office
  • How hybrid working works
  • Data protection risks in a hybrid working environment
  • How hackers and scammers took advantage during the pandemic
  • Best practice for data security with hybrid working

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Upcoming webinar: Code of conduct — How to get your staff on board

Wednesday 11 August, 12:00pm (UK)

A strong code of conduct is vital for employees to know what is expected of them.

How do you ensure your staff are able to easily grasp your code and put it into practice without feeling overwhelmed or bored? And how do you succinctly cover topics as diverse as discrimination and harassment to bribery and cyber security?

In this webinar, we will be joined by the Head of Ethics and Compliance at Hershey’s, a global confectionery brand, to explore the challenges of effectively managing and training on codes of conduct.

The webinar will cover:

  • The challenges of code of conduct compliance
  • How different organisations are sharing their codes of conduct with their staff
  • What we can learn from Hershey’s code of conduct
  • What effective code of conduct training looks like
  • What VinciWorks can do to help

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On-demand webinar: Anti-money laundering — Understanding best practice

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In 2017, the UK enacted The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations. Over the past few years, there have been a number of changes to these regulations. To help those governed by the Regulations navigate the ever-changing AML landscape, certain bodies have compiled industry-specific guidance. Two of those bodies are the Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG) and The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group (JMLSG).

Their guidance was published for the legal and financial sectors respectively. However, the risks faced by an organisation will vary on a case-by-case basis. Accordingly, many of our clients are still unsure as to what constitutes best practice, particularly with regards to carrying out onboarding risk assessments.

During this webinar, our experts explored the latest guidance, why it is necessary and what best practice reporting looks like.

The webinar covered:

  • What is the LSAG guidance and how does it relate to MLROs?
  • What is the risk based approach and why is it important as part of CDD?
  • Understanding how to undertake client due diligence, and when to apply enhanced or simplified due diligence
  • How and when to undertake ongoing monitoring
  • How VinciWorks can help with client onboarding and ongoing monitoring
  • How to enrol your staff in effective AML training

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Upcoming webinar: In conversation with the SRA

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The SRA Standards and Regulations have been in force for 18 months. In that time, firms have had to grapple with new anti-money laundering guidelines, the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes to accounts rules.

In this webinar, we will be joined by the SRA’s Policy Associates Jatinderpal Loyal and Richard Silver to look back at the last 18 months of SRA compliance and what to look out for going forward.

The webinar will cover:

  • The challenges presented by the pandemic and guidance for firms
  • A recap of the SRA Standards & Regulations and the changes they brought about
  • How solicitors and firms have taken advantage/benefited from the changes
  • How firms have adapted to the less prescriptive Accounts Rules and the key risks identified by the SRA
  • The priorities for the SRA going forward
  • How quality indicators support consumers accessing legal services
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On-demand webinar: GDPR – Three years on

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The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has now been in force for three years. During that time, fines have reached a total of over €280 million, the UK has left the EU and the ICO has announced that there will be a new Commissioner from October.

On the three year anniversary of GDPR coming into force, we were joined by White & Case LLP’s Global Information Governance Director Richard Hogg and VinciWorks’ DPO Ruth Mittelmann Cohen to look at the last three years of GDPR. We will explore the effect the regulation has had on the way we collect and process data and what we can expect in the next 12 months.

The webinar covered:

  • What can we learn from recent GDPR fines?
  • Does Brexit affect data protection regulation in the UK?
  • Best-practice guidance
  • How to implement effective training year-on-year
  • What does the future hold for GDPR in the UK?

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On-demand webinar: ESG — The new era in corporate accountability

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From the EU’s upcoming Corporate Due Diligence and Corporate Accountability Directive to the FCA’s Climate-Related Financial Disclosures and the SEC’s new framework for ESG disclosure, corporate accountability is changing.

This is on top of existing ESG reporting requirements including the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, the French Corporate Duty of Vigilance, and the fact that ESG reporting is becoming increasingly expected by investors and regulators.

Investors in particular are expecting greater attention to the impact of a business on the world around them. Regulators are increasingly taking notice. From the International Financial Reporting Standards moving forward with establishing ESG standards to the incoming SEC chairman Gary Gensler’s plan to increase governance oversight after years of lax regulations, ESG reporting is here to stay.

During this webinar, our experts gave an overview of the future of corporate accountability rules, and how to stay on top in the changing world of corporate compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • New ESG regulations in the UK, US and EU
  • How to undertake an internal ESG audit
  • Preparing for ESG reporting and regulatory disclosures
  • What VinciWorks can do to help with ESG compliance
  • Your questions on ESG reporting and compliance

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On-demand webinar – What’s on the regulatory agenda for Q2?

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To help businesses keep track of updates in UK legislation and policies, VinciWorks frequently publishes a regulatory agenda. The guide gives a clear and in-depth overview of EU developments, ongoing acts of parliament, the latest COVID-19 government guidance and more.

In this webinar, VinciWorks’ Director of Best Practice Gary Yantin and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson explored the regulatory agenda for the next few months and beyond.

The webinar covered:

  • EU developments — New reporting requirements including human rights in supply chains, directives on cyber security and more
  • Implemented regulations — New regulations such as BASEL III in the UK and new rules on tracking deforestation risks in supply chains
  • Consultations — Current government consultation on internal markets, legal aid, gambling, money laundering and more
  • On the horizon — Potential changes to GDPR and the impact of the UK’s ICO appointing a new commissioner
  • On the horizon — The latest on whistleblowing rules, potential new pay gap reporting requirements and possible new “failure to prevent” corporate offences

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On-demand webinar: The Posted Workers Directive — What you need to know

The EU’s Posted Workers Directive aims to ensure that employees sent (or “posted”) from one EU country to another are granted the same working conditions as local employees. It creates a significant compliance burden for employers in the EU that regularly send employees to other EU countries.

In this webinar,we helped attendees understand the extent to which they are impacted by PWD and what they need to do to comply.

The webinar covered:

  • The background and history of PWD
  • What is a posted worker?
  • Who is affected by PWD?
  • How is PWD implemented and enforced?
  • The extent to which the UK is affected by the Directive in light of Brexit
  • What is reporting best practice?

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On-demand webinar: Tax Evasion – A Global Compliance Risk

The Criminal Finances Act and other global legislation have placed anti-tax evasion measures on the corporate risk and compliance agenda. The past year has shown us that tax evasion enforcement is only ramping up. Increased investigations, large fines and new laws have demonstrated that there has never been a more important time to ensure that everyone in your organisation is on board with your compliance programme.

In this webinar, our experts explored the impact of tax evasion regulations over the past few years and shared best-practice guidance on compliance.

The webinar covered:

  • Why it’s important to have a strong compliance program
  • Reasonable procedures: do you have them and are they enough?
  • Best-practice guidance on spotting red flags
  • An international perspective on tax evasion, including DAC6
  • Major tax evasion cases and what we can learn
  • Tax evasion training requirements and best practice

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On-demand webinar: OECD’s Mandatory Disclosure Rules (MDR) – What you need to know

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The OECD’s BEPS 12 is a set of principles around Mandatory Disclosure Regimes. To date, the OECD has only developed model rules around Common Reporting Standards (CRS) avoidance and opaque structures. EU member states have implemented OECD’s BEPS 12 through DAC6. The UK announced that as part of the Brexit agreement, they would be transitioning from DAC6 to international rules and introducing their own UK MDR.

MDR has been implemented in non-EU member states such as Gibraltar, Mexico and Argentina, with more countries expected to follow suit. In this webinar, we helped attendees come to terms with MDR and what it means for your organisation.

The webinar covered:

  • What is MDR?
  • What will the UK’s MDR look like?
  • How has MDR been implemented around the world?
  • Which other non-EU countries are set to implement MDR?
  • What is reporting best practice?

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