Reputation Management: How to Survive a PR Crisis

“What’s the value of a negative story that never appears? Priceless.” ~ Grateful attorney after we kept his client out of the spotlight Entertainment-industry publicists have long lived or died by an old adage: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” Think Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Piling scandal on top of scandal simply enhances […]

Undercover Boss: Where Reality TV Intersects with the Workplace

Undercover Boss, is a reality television series that places the CEO’s or Presidents of businesses in entry-level positions to work alongside unwary lower-level employees.  Usually, the CEO’s of large businesses are so far up the chain of command, they lack exposure to the day-to-day activities of the employees who drive their companies’ profitability. The show, […]

Marijuana Trends 2017 A Visual Guide for Employers

Imagine you’re a supervisor, walking the production floor.  As you pass a group of employees, you overhear two young men conversing: “Yeah, we were dabbing all night, you should have come down.  I picked up some skywalker wax and my buddy brought his new vape, we were so lit.  How about you? We were at […]

Detecting Mortgage Fraud

Financial hard times have hit lending institutions from coast to coast. Under these conditions, in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, they are becoming more vulnerable to a serious threat not often mentioned in the media – – – mortgage fraud. If your firm is involved in mortgage lending, directly or indirectly, it is […]

Internal Affairs: When Situations Demand Investigation

By Rory Montez Employers must ensure safe and productive workplaces. When employees feel that is not the case, they often complain to management. If an employee makes such a complaint, it is your responsibility to perform an investigation to determine the veracity of the claim and, if valid, to ensure a remedy. You must respond […]

The Art of the Investigative Interview: Preparation, Attitude, and Documentation

By Kent Perkins There are three key areas of concern when approaching an employee (as the “Subject”) of an investigative interview: PREPARATION BEFORE CONFRONTATION: Before you conduct any investigative workplace interview, be fully prepared. Understand everything you possibly can about the situation and all the people involved before starting the interview. Do your homework, and […]

Undercover Investigations: The Best Weapon against Crimes at Work

In a time of economic strain, the last things any company needs are thieves on the payroll, but statistics show a significant number of employees steal at work. Additionally, the plague of drugs in America’s work force is very real, stripping away a comfortable margin of safety while robbing employers through increased lost time, accidents […]

Hide and Go Seek: Outwitting Holders of Hidden Assets

By Kent Perkins With costs of litigation added to losses suffered which gave rise to the initial lawsuit, Plaintiffs can spend “good money after bad” and end up holding only worthless judgment paperwork when unscrupulous Defendants successfully hide money offshore. Sadly, most other countries totally ignore United States judgments and refuse to help creditors attempting […]