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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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Actions Constitute an Act Discreditable to the Profession On May 18, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settled charges against three former KPMG LLP audit partners for improperly sharing answers to internal training exams. The exams were administered to determine whether its audit professionals understood certain accounting and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Our Throwaway Society At the Hubert Humphrey Building dedication, Nov. 1, 1977, in Washington, D.C., former vice president Humphrey spoke about the treatment of the weakest members of society as a reflection of a government: “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ethics Sage
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Advice For Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic The following blog was written by Molly Crockett. You can learn more about her at the end of the blog. In reading her words, it occurred to me her advice is applicable to doing work remotely while we are away from our offices during... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Yale Baby Lab Experiment Implies Babies Understand Fairness and Justice A colleague of mine suggested I look at a You Tube video about experiments conducted by the Baby Lab at Yale University. Why, I asked? He said an experiment shows babies have a moral conscience at ages under 24 months.... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at Ethics Sage
Christian, Yes. there are a lot of unforeseen problems yet to surface. Steve
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Should We Buy Into the Business Roundtable Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation? CSR and Serving Society’s Interest in Question This is an extension of a blog I wrote earlier this year based on the Business Roundtable Statement of the Purpose of a Corporation. The statement is really a... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Data Analytics Provides the Answer to Slowing the Spread and Treatment Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can gather huge amounts of data, analyze it, and make predictions. AI is an indispensable tool for data analysis and treatment during the coronavirus. Given its potential widespread use in health-care-decision-making, AI raises ethical concerns... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2020 at Ethics Sage
Agreed.
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Making AI Systems Accountable The question of whether artificial intelligence can be used in an ethical, responsible manner has been discussed a lot lately especially in regard to workplace ethics. AI should be used to make our lives easier but it should do so in a responsible, ethical manner. A... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Unintended Consequences of the PPP Program? The government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has unintended consequences. Namely, the amount of money a furloughed or unemployed worker receives from unemployment funds can be greater than the regular salary received had that individual returned to work. The main reason is the $600 boost... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Being Good By Doing Good Good people strive to do the right thing. They recognize that their actions have consequences. They are aware of the rights of others and act in ways that are consistent with the way they would like to be treated. This is the essence of The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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What Do Employers and Employees Need to Know? These day most work gets done remotely. The problem is many employers have not created a workforce around the ability to work remotely from home. Today’s blog provides advice for employers and employees while we are shuttered at home due to the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Advice to Institutions of Higher Education Eighty-six percent of college students claimed in a recent survey they have cheated in some way while in school. According to Kessler International, a firm that provides private investigation services, forensic accounting and digital forensics: “The advent of online schools and increasingly sophisticated mobile... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Thanks for the positive comment.
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Advice For Parents We all know that K-12 students are using digital platforms much more for personal and educational purposes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opens the possibility that cyberbullying will occur online. Parents and kids need to know how to protect themselves during these trying times. With so many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Global Reporting Guidelines I’ve been communicating with Michael Kraten, a friend of mind and fellow blogger, about accounting issues surrounding the coronavirus. We agree that companies hard hit by the shutdown should disclose a contingent liability that estimates possible losses as a result of the shutdown. This may be easier... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Podcasting 101 Looking to enhance your brand and stay busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, try podcasting. Here's a blog piece written by Jane Sandwood about how to get it going. Streaming services are quite an important part of getting your content out there, and for those who have a voice... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Nurses are the Most Respected Profession Gallup conducts a poll each year of how Americans view the honesty and ethics in a variety of professions. The latest poll results for 2019 were issued on January 6, 2020. For the 18th year in a row, Americans rate the honesty and ethics... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Promoting the Common Good We need to start thinking about the role of business in a more ethical society as we come out of the coronavirus outbreak. How will they better the world we all live in? Issues related to corporate social responsibility have come into full view during the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Applying Rand’s Philosophy of Objectivism to the Current Crisis I’ve had a lot of time to think about how philosophers might describe the coronavirus outbreak with respect to our personal responsibilities. It seems to me that Ayn Rand’s philosophy of individualism is a good place to start. What would Rand... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Ethics Sage
Hi, Excellent points! Thanks for your contribution. Steve M.
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Can Writing Make Us Feel Better About Ourselves? Having recently completed a book on happiness and meaning and how it links to ethical behavior, I want to share some of my insights about how writing can qualitatively enhance wellness. Enhancing Wellness According to Tara Parker-Pope, the founding editor of Well,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2020 at Ethics Sage
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Boeing 737 Max Ethical Violations The $ 2 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress includes funds for Boeing Corporation. The company had lobbied Congress for at least $60 billion for itself and a large supplier network to cushion against the effects of the pandemic. Boeing is concerned about canceled orders... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Alex, Our society doesn't compensate people for educational achievement. Very few people would pay money to listen to a professor talk. Millions will pay to see their favorite athlete/entertainment artist. Unfortunately, that is the way compensation for one's chose career works. It's often assumed professors gain "psyche" income from what they do -- good feelings, pride in their work, helping others -- and that compensates them emotionally. Steve M.
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Ethics and the Coronavirus I am the author of a textbook on Accounting Ethics (see below). I prepared the case below for accounting instructors to teach students about the ethical issues surrounding the spread of the coronavirus. For additional information, including suggested answers to the questions, contact me at: steve@ethicssage.com.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch