Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Services

  • We work with organizations to (1) create their first, custom Code of Ethics, or (2) update and improve their existing Code.
  • Clear Law’s Compliance Advisory Team will work with you to determine what specific topics to address based on your values and applicable law.
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Overview

The foundation of an organization’s compliance and ethics program is its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (“Code of Ethics”). Clear Law Institute works with organizations to (1) create their first, custom Code of Ethics, or (2) update and improve their existing Code.

A Code of Ethics details your organization’s culture and values and sets specific expectations for how employees should act on a day-to-day basis. The Code of Ethics also describes the steps employees must take to comply with various laws.

An effective Code of Ethics has the following qualities:

  • Promotes compliance. The Code of Ethics provides guidance on how employees must comply with relevant laws that impact employees’ day-to-day work.
  • Promotes adherence to company values. An effective Code of Ethics details company policies that employees must follow.
  • Encourages a speak-up culture. An effective Code of Ethics encourages employees to seek guidance when they have questions about complying with the Code and also to report concerns about potential Code violations.
  • Is easy to read and understand. An effective Code of Ethics is written in a clear, easy to understand style, and does not include legal jargon.
  • Provides examples. An effective Code of Ethics gives examples of difficult scenarios that employees may face in real life and provides guidance on how employees should handle these issues.

Content

The content of a Code of Ethics will vary depending on your industry, your employees’ locations and job duties, and your organizational values. Clear Law’s Compliance Advisory Team will work with you to determine what specific topics to address based on your values and applicable law. Codes of Ethics often address the topics below:

  • Application of the Code of Ethics
    • Who Must Follow Our Code?
    • What If I Have a Code-Related Question or Concern?
    • Reporting Concerns
    • Anti-Retaliation
  • Company Values
    • Usefulness
    • Responsiveness
    • Taking Action
    • Respect Each Other
    • Tone at the Top
    • Fairness
    • Accountability
  • Legal Requirements
    • Trade Controls
    • Competition and Antitrust Laws
    • Insider Trading Laws
    • Anti-Bribery Laws, including the FCPA
    • Gifts and Entertainment
    • Dealing with government officials
    • Privacy, Security, and Data Protection
  • Conflicts of Interest
    • Personal investments
    • Outside employment, advisory roles, board seats, and starting your own business
    • Business opportunities found through work
    • Inventions
    • Personal relationships at work
    • Accepting gifts, entertainment, and other business courtesies
    • Use of our products and services
  • Confidentiality
    • Safeguarding confidential information
    • Trade secrets and intellectual property
    • Disclosures to the media, partners, and family members and friends
    • Competitors and former employers
    • Outside communications and social media posts
  • Company Assets
    • Intellectual Property (trademarks, logos, copyrights, trade secrets, “know-how”, and patents)
    • Respecting IP rights of others
    • Company Equipment
    • Our Network
    • Physical Security
    • Use of Our Equipment and Facilities
    • Privacy of Employee Data
  • Financial Integrity and Responsibility
    • Internal Controls
    • Spending company money
    • Documentation of contracts
    • Recording Transactions
    • Reporting Financial or Accounting Irregularities
    • Hiring Suppliers
    • Retaining Records
  • Fair and Safe Workplace
    • Equal Opportunity Employment
      • Harassment and Discrimination
      • Reasonable Accommodations
      • Bullying
    • Drugs and Alcohol Policy
    • Safe and Healthy Workplace

Price

We offer a fixed fee to develop your Code of Ethics. Because Clear Law Institute provides compliance training and consulting services for more than 1,500 employers across the country, we are able to spread the development costs of our services across a large customer base. As a result, our prices are almost always much less expensive than working with a lawyer or law firm.

To learn more and receive pricing information, please Schedule a 30-minute Free Consultation.

Clear Law Compliance Advisory Team

Michael Johnson, J.D. 

CEO

Michael Johnson, CEO of Clear Law Institute, is a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney who brought one of DOJ’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases. Michael has provided training and consulting on harassment prevention or investigations to organizations around the world such as the EEOC, the United Nations, and Google. He is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.

Matthew Love, J.D.

Director of Compliance Services

Matthew Love, Director of Compliance Services, has advised Fortune 500 companies and startups on a broad range of global employment law, HR, and compliance matters, both in the U.S. and internationally. Matthew has previously served as in-house general counsel and as a foreign legal consultant while living abroad in Hong Kong and Tokyo. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and he received his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Brian Rothenberg, J.D.

VP of Compliance Training

Brian Rothenberg, VP of Compliance Training, has advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on their compliance training and policy needs. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and he received his J.D. and MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Leondra Hanson, J.D.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Leondra Hanson has extensive experience as an attorney and college professor. Her past research has focused on exploring innovative approaches to training. She is a frequent speaker on legal and education topics and has presented at regional SHRM events, Minneapolis TED, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Leondra graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, and earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Ashley Membere, PhD.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Ashley Membere, PhD, consults on diversity and inclusion training development and presents live training sessions for Clear Law Institute. Professor Membere is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Professor Membere researches, among other things, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Professor Membere graduated from Rice University and received a PhD from George Mason University.

Katherine Schweit, J.D.

Senior Compliance Advisor

Katherine Schweit is an attorney, law school professor, and former FBI special agent. At the FBI, Katherine authored the FBI’s seminal research, A Study of 160 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States. Katherine was also part of the FBI crisis team that responded to active shooter incidents, including the shootings at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Pentagon, and the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard. In the private sector, Katherine has served as Director of Global Security Policy and Training for Live Nation Entertainment. Katherine is the author of the 2021 book, Stop the Killing: How to End the Mass Shooting Crisis. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and DePaul University College of Law.

Lea Bell, J.D. 

Executive Advisor

Lea Bell, VP of Compliance Services, is an attorney with extensive experience in employment law, labor law, mediation, and compliance matters. She has worked in leadership roles at Amazon on the Employee Relations and Compliance teams. Lea has led more than 500 workplace and compliance investigations and built and deployed centralized investigations functions and trainings. Lea is a graduate of the University of Washington and Columbia Law School, and she holds a Certificate in Labor Relations from Cornell University.

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