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Steven Mintz
United States
My ethics knowledge and wisdom gives me a unique perspective on accounting and business ethics, fraud and whistle-blowing, societal and workplace ethics issues.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Leanne: You make good points. Thanks for your contribution. Steve
Toggle Commented 16 hours ago on Work-family Issues at Workplace Ethics Advice
Why do Women Get Paid Less than Men? You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women are paid over their lifetimes. But what does that mean? Are women paid less because they choose lower-paying jobs? Is it because more women work part time than men do? Or is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
The Role of University Administration in Student Dissent Racial tensions at the University of Missouri that started back in October have sparked a series of demonstrations against discrimination and intolerance on college campuses throughout the United States. Since the resignation of Mizzou’s president and chancellor November 9, protesters have organized at more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Social media sites have lighted up with voices of dissent, and what began as a grievance has evolved into a movement. Inspired by the marches in Ferguson, Mo., and Black Lives Matter, students are taking to social media to question the institutions... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ethics Sage
Corporate Irresponsibility at its worse: The VW Scandal As you know by now, US regulators found Volkswagen put in software that turned on emissions controls to read out less emissions when their cars were being tested. Some 11 million vehicles worldwide are affected by the scandal. I have previously blogged... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
The Challenges for Respect, Civility and Morality in Society It used to be that we respected police, teachers, legislators and our parents. We respected people in authority positions because they had just that – authority to keep our streets safe, show us the way to a better life – a moral life; pass laws that improve our lot in society and give us the chance to better ourselves; and teach us right from wrong. In today’s society in seems uncivil behavior is the rule rather than the exception. Some people make derisive comments towards police; teachers are shoved and even... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Culture, Ethical Leadership and Values-based Decision Making in the Workplace Understanding the relationship between culture, ethical leadership and behavior in the workplace is essential to establishing an ethical tone at the top and promoting ethical decision making in the workplace. The culture reflects shared beliefs, norms and values that define... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Are Big Pharma Drug Prices Out of Control? Imagine you just went to your local pharmacy and were told that the cost of a life-saving drug was $22,500 for 30 tablets to treat AIDS or another infectious disease. Well, if you needed the drug Daraprim that is what you would have to pay. Turing Pharmaceuticals purchased the right to Darprim this past August and CEO Martin Shkreli decided a price increase of 5500% was needed. You heard me right – from $13.50 per dose to $750.00 per pill. But, hope is on the way because San Diego-based Imprimis Pharmaceuticals announced... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Ethics Sage
We are what we do and how we handle ethical conflict Acting in accordance with company values in the workplace is the key component in developing an ethical organization culture. If organization sets an ethical tone from the top on down, then workers should do whatever it takes to act... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Parents: Get with it. Teachers: Use it as a teachable moment. Students: Wise up before it is too late Last Friday about 100 students at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina walked out of class briefly to show support for Ben Fields, a school resource officer, after he was fired because of his actions caught on video showing him throwing an uncooperative black female student across the floor. The students walked out of classes and gathered in the atrium to express their views on the firing of Fields. Some in the crowd — which included both black and white... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2015 at Ethics Sage
PCAOB Position: Trust but verify…and then don’t trust??? The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board that sets auditing standards on a global basis has issued a new standard effective December 15, 2016, requiring that engagement partners physically sign the audit report with their names instead of the name of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Morality v Ethics in Society Many people bristle at the word “morality” but are quite comfortable using the term “ethical”, and insist there’s some crucial difference between the two. For instance, some people say ethics are about external, socially imposed norms, while morality is about individual conscience. Others say ethics is concrete and practical while morality is more abstract, or is somehow linked to religion. Among philosophers there’s no clear agreed distinction, and most philosophers use the two terms more or less interchangeably. I like to think about it this way: Morals is about how we deal with people we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Ethics in Academe sometimes defies Explanation Do professors routinely lie on their resumes to get jobs? My gut feeling is it occurs more often than one would expect. I’ve seen it myself in recruiting a new professor who had said he had earned a Ph.D. when he had dropped out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Hiring and keeping Millennials Happy in the 21st Century If you want to attract Millennial interest in hiring and retention on the job, ask how you can accommodate their desire to apply their social networking skills to their jobs. Beyond that, Millennials have specific needs and wants that should be addressed by future employers. According to a study by the CAA Intelligence Group 86 million millennials will be in the workplace by 2020—representing a full 40% of the total working population. Thus, it is in the best interests of prospective employers to understand what makes Millennials tick. What motivates them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2015 at Ethics Sage
New York inmates defeat Harvard debate team This was not a widely publicized event but in September, the debate team of the Bard Prison Initiative, which has 300 inmates enrolled, out-debated students from Harvard University. In a debate between Harvard College students and those from any other college, some might... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
The value of having a ‘Recess Consultant’ Sometimes I read a story and just shake my head. Why are they doing this? What are they thinking? What are they trying to accomplish? And, in the case of my opinion piece below, is this a case of political correctness run amok? I’m talking about two elementary schools in Minnesota that just hired Playworks, a recess consulting organization, to develop a pilot program where kids are given an option to take part in organized games and activities at recess. The reason for the consultant is, apparently, some parents have complained about damaging... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Good Ethics is Good for Business Every company should create a culture of ethics. If the senior leadership ignores or downplays a culture of ethics, they have created barriers to ethical behavior and opened the door to ethical dissonance, a situation where an individual’s ethics is at a higher level... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Ethical Leaders lead by Example According to a Gallup Poll taken in 2013, only 21 percent of people characterized business executives as having “high” ethical standards—a little above lawyers (19 percent), but below bankers (28 percent) and journalists (28 percent). Whether that’s deserved or not, it’s nevertheless true that executives set the ethical tone at their companies. But employees have the power to improve it. Employees engage in unethical behavior from time to time: an employee takes home company supplies; a manager submits personal expenses for reimbursement by the company; a member of top management pressures accountants to manipulate the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Investigating 7-11 Wage Fraud We’ve all been in 7-Eleven stores from time to time and have noticed many of the workers are foreigners. But, have you ever thought about the working conditions they have to endure? Over the years workers have revealed the systemic wage abuse they suffer at 7-11... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
30 Exceptional CSR Blogs Published by Market Inspector 30. September 2015 Ethics Sage is published by Dr. Steven M. Mintz, who holds a PhD and is a professor of accounting specializing in ethics. He likes to share his valuable knowledge by giving presentations to professional and academic groups that would like to create a more ethical organizational environment, as well as providing tips to improve ethics in financial reporting. Dr. Mintz provides readers with interesting thoughts about accounting, business ethics, fraud and workplace ethics issues. If you are interested in CSR don’t hesitate to visit this blog that provides captivating... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2015 at Ethics Sage
VW joins GM and Toyota in allowing Deficient Cars to be Sold By now you know that Volkswagen has apologized for selling hundreds of thousands of diesel cars in the U.S. with software specifically designed to evade government pollution tests. The company disclosed that the irregularities on diesel-emission readings extend to some 11 million vehicles globally. The company has admitted that it rigged diesel vehicles using a "defeat device" to pass lab tests, even though they emitted as much as 40 times the legal limit of pollutants on the road. At this early stage, putting a precise price tag on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Are we making Progress toward Breaking down Barriers facing women in the Workplace? Boosting the "economic power" of all women in society is a key way women can at first reach – and then stay – in the boardroom, according to a new global study. After examining which factors are... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Jim, thanks for continuing to support my work. It's great to have followers such as yourself...Steve
Who will Inspire us to be Better than we are? We hear a lot these days from the Republican candidates for President about the importance of leadership. Donald Trump tells us he will lead like no one else can [He seems to believe everything he does no one can match him. I agree, especially when it comes to insulting other candidates]. Dr. Carson talks about leadership but leaders have to be a bit more assertive, in my opinion, to deal with the myriad of problems and characters in the global arena. I have a hard time picturing the good doctor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Ethics Sage
Are Office Chairs from Mars and Office Desks from Venus? I’m all for gender equality and think it’s time is long overdue. Some give lip service to it but don’t carry out good intentions with supportive actions. I’m also for treating all people fairly in the workplace regardless of gender,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Workplace Ethics Advice
How will we know if we have elected the ‘right’ leader for our country? Leadership theories generally focus on one’s ability to set standards that others can relate to; to treat others justly; to meet the needs of followers; to be mission-driven; and make values-based decisions. A relatively new leadership theory is “authentic leadership.” Authentic leaders are individuals who are deeply aware of how they think and behave and are perceived by others as being aware of their own and others’ values/moral perspectives, knowledge, and strengths; aware of the context in which they operate; and who are confident, optimistic, resilient,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Ethics Sage