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Fleet-footed investigations and prompt remedial action: the new normal 

The following article by Philip Storm, Earl M. (Chip) Jones, III and Greg Keating is reprinted with permission from Littler Mendelson
Mar, 2015 Categories: Employment Practices

Whistleblowing has really become a hot issue. In March 2015, the SEC issued a half million dollar bounty award to a whistleblower, serving as a huge reminder to employers–including community banks–to have protocols in place to investigate and respond to internal complaints and concerns. The national law firm of Littler Mendelson, experts in employment and labor laws, shares some insight to effectively address internal concerns to prevent (potentially embarrassing) escalations of situations.

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Steps to encourage a harassment-free work environment 

Mar, 2015 Categories: Employment Practices ProTip

Workplace harassment takes on many forms, making it difficult to tell the difference between normal office banter and offensive or unlawful behavior. Most of us agree that we want our workplace to have a friendly and enjoyable environment. There are some practical steps a business owner or manager can take to encourage a harassment-free environment and protect the company from claims and lawsuits.

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Banks defend against patent troll’s licensing demands 

by attorneys Bob Stier, Pierce Atwood and Peter Hilbert, ABA Insurance Services
Mar, 2015 Categories: SafeTalk

Under the guidance of Bob Stier, an attorney with Pierce Atwood, over 100 community banks banded together to fight and defeat an unscrupulous patent troll, Automated Transactions LLC (ATL).

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The importance of having a breach response in place 

Mar, 2015 Categories: Cyber

The possibility of a bank’s systems being hacked are increasing, regardless of the size of the bank. In addition to the well-publicized breaches of mega and regional financial institutions, we are witnessing more reports of attacks on smaller community banks. Your bank should have a workable breach response plan in place on which your staff can quickly rely and follow immediately upon the discovery of a breach.

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25th consecutive distribution declared 

Participating banks to share $1.1 Million
Mar, 2015 Categories: Press Releases

American Bankers Mutual Insurance, Ltd. (ABMI) has declared a $1.1 million distribution to current member banks of the American Bankers Association (ABA) that have D&O, Financial Institution Bond and related insurance from ABA Insurance Services.

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ABA Insurance Services gives back 

Mar, 2015 Categories: Press Releases

Service is one of the core values of ABA Insurance Services. While we exemplify Service in our daily business interactions, we extended our Service to our community on our 5th Annual Day of Service, December 10, 2014.

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