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Steven Mintz
United States
I'm a speaker and consultant on ethics issues and author of a book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Barriers to Entry as a CPA The time is right for the accounting profession to rethink the pathways to licensure as a CPA. A growing number of critics have argued that the 150-credit hour education requirement can no longer be sustained because of pipeline problems that have led to a... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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The Tax Code Run Amok I just finished filling out my tax forms for 2023. To say it's an ordeal is an understatement. It seems like the IRS Tax Code was written by lawyers who purposefully wrote it to confuse taxpayers, perhaps because it then becomes a full employment job... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Internet and Digital Fraud on the Rise Recently, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission disclosed that consumers reported losing more than $10 billion from fraud in 2023, This is an astonishing number and reflects the decline of ethics in society over an extended period of time. Consumers alone reported losing more... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Keys to Data Governance and Accountability "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past" – George Orwell*** In the classic novel "1984," George Orwell explains that those exerting authority over information can apply influence over the future. There's a suggestion that organizations empowered to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2024 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Reviewing What Others Say About It I’ve always been attracted to the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and Ethical Intelligence. They are character traits that make for healthy relationships. However, I haven’t given them enough coverage in my blogs as it pertains to ethics in the workplace. According to ethicist Bruce... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2024 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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We Need a National Primary All on One Day The presidential primary system is where candidates compete for delegates and seek the nomination for their parties’ next president. It’s a broken system. There are a variety of reasons why, not the least of which is the outrageous amounts of money... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2024 at Ethics Sage
28TH ANNUAL ETHICS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM Call for Papers Date Extended to 2/15/2024 In conjunction with the Public Interest Section, colleagues across the AAA who are engaged and interested in research and teaching related to Ethics are invited to submit papers, cases, and panel session proposals for presentation at the 28th... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2024 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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The Key is to Follow Basic Ethical Principles Social media presents organizations with both ethical challenges and opportunities. As it blurs the boundaries between our personal lives and work, it can be a difficult balance for companies to protect their reputations, uphold their responsibilities to stakeholders, and empower employees to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2024 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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The Antidote for Powerlessness Last week I blogged about the concept of moral distress. Moral distress is defined as knowing what to do in an ethical situation, but not being allowed to do it. Moral distress is the feeling that we've compromised ourselves due to external forces beyond our control.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2024 at Ethics Sage
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Fight or Flight Response There have been events in my life when I have experienced moral distress. It typically leads me to consider whether to fight it or flight. Life’s decisions are not always black or white. Typically, there are shades of gray. This creates uncertainty about what our response... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2024 at Ethics Sage
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SEC Comes Down Hard on Marcum LLP On June 21, 2023, the PCAOB sanctioned Marcum LLP for violating PCAOB rules and quality control standards by failing to take sufficient steps to ensure that its system of quality control provided reasonable assurance that: (1) the firm would comply with the requirements... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2024 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Awarded by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association The intent of the Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award is to recognize new pedagogy for teaching ethics to accounting students. A monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented at the annual Ethics Symposium to an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2024 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Awarded by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association The intent of the Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award is to recognize new pedagogy for teaching ethics to accounting students. A monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque will be presented at the annual Ethics Symposium to an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2024 at Ethics Sage
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NCAA Proposal Addresses “the Elephant in the Room” Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was recently quoted as saying: “What I don’t understand…is how the NCAA, television networks, conferences, universities and coaches can continue to pull in millions—and in some cases billions—of dollars of revenue off the efforts of college student-athletes... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2024 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
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Building an Ethical Culture: The Role of DEI. Today’s businesses are held to a higher ethical standard than ever before. The meteoric rise of social media means that brands across the world are finally being held accountable for their actions by the general public. This includes programs on diversity, equity,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2024 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Richard, I am so sorry for the challenges you and your family face with regard to your son's bipolar 1 behavior. I truly hope your son will see the light and take his meds. I don't know how the employer can navigate the issues you discuss. I wish you and your family the best going forward. Steve M.
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Who Will Defend the U.S. in Case of War? A new poll from Echelon Insights shows the alarming result that 72% of American voters would not be willing to volunteer to fight for their country if the U.S. faced a major conflict. Twenty-one percent said they are willing to volunteer.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2024 at Ethics Sage
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Operationalizing CSR I have previously blogged about “Conscious Capitalism” and pointed out that it is a relatively new concept but a natural part of the evolution of what it means to be committed to corporate social responsibility (CSR). Corporations need to embrace conscious capitalism if they want to be relevant... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2023 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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What Message Does it Send? Under California Penal Code § 240 PC--California Assault Law-- an assault is the unlawful attempt, along with the present ability to cause violent injury to another person. Simple assault is a [standard] misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and fines of up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2023 at Ethics Sage
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Protecting Seniors’ Rights We are facing economically turbulent times, which may include layoffs and companies downsizing. Unfortunately, older workers often endure the most of these cutbacks because employers use the opportunity to get rid of older workers who sometimes command the highest salaries or prevent the business from projecting a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2023 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Paul, your comments are certainly "food for thought."
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From NIL to Paying Athletes, to Making Them Employees. What’s Next? I recall the furor about paying college athletes for their efforts just a few years ago. Some said it was the end of amateurism in college sports, especially football. College amateur athletics used to be a moniker worth being... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2023 at Ethics Sage
Paul, I love your comment: "These professionals are not lazy: they work and study hard to be the best of the worst. And, a society that admires excess, exaggeration and extremism spurs them towards greater corruption." Spot on...Steve
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Why We Have Lost Our Way as a Moral Society I've never seen the level of divisiveness in America as I have for the past decade. While I have blogged about the decline of civility in America before, nothing has changed, and it has gotten much worse, so I decided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2023 at Ethics Sage
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Accountability for Restated Financial Statements On October 26, 2022, the SEC issued a final rule aimed at ensuring that executive officers do not receive “excess compensation” if the financial results on which previous awards of compensation were based are subsequently restated because of material noncompliance with financial reporting requirements. Such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2023 at Workplace Ethics Advice