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As 2013 comes to a close, RIMS would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the RiskWire a look at the most accessed exclusive content articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

6 things managers should not talk about at work
By D. Albert Brannen
From Nov. 12: Managers have a special role for employers because they are legal agents. What they say, do and know can be attributed to their employer. Depending on the issue, employers can be strictly liable for the conduct of managers. Several laws come into play here, but there are certain things that managers should absolutely not talk about with employees or anyone else at work. The following lists six of these topics, but by no means is this an exhaustive list.
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Implicit and explicit risk management
Dr. David Hillson
From Oct. 8: Have you ever been asked, "How risky is your project?" Most project managers find it hard to answer this question. Your risk register lists all the risks you've identified, and these are prioritized for attention and action, with responses and owners allocated to each risk. But how can a list of risks answer the "how risky" question? We need a different concept to describe the overall risk exposure of a project, which is different from the individual risks that need to be managed.
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Proper holiday decor in the workplace
By Jessica Taylor
From Oct. 29: With the fall and winter holidays quickly approaching, many offices are bringing out their decorations to lift spirits for the seasons. It's also the time for the annual argument of what's appropriate, if anything. Problems generally arise when there are differing opinions of what’s suitable and whose holiday should be celebrated. Since Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace discrimination based on religion, national origin, race, color or sex, it's important to know about all of the holidays that are surrounding us in the next couple of months.
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How to avoid another market downturn: 3 ways to handle investment risk
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
From Oct. 24: The Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ have all regained or surpassed the values they held before the 2008 stock market crash. While this climb has taken nearly five years, most business owners have not forgotten how disconcerting the crash was at the time. Moreover, many market prognosticators are predicting another market pull-back, with some commentators seeing a decline as much as 20-30 percent. Given the potential for another crash, here are three ways to potentially mitigate stock market risk. How you utilize this information and incorporate it into your investment planning may shape how your portfolio handles the next significant market downturn.
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10 years later: What's changed in risk management?
By Dr. David Hillson
From July 25: The Risk Doctor brand was launched 10 years ago, in July 2003, and we've been looking back to see what's changed since then. We can see that considerable progress has been made, but there's still some way to go before risk management is seen to deliver on its full promise as a major contributor to project and business success. While there have been definite improvements, some things remain depressingly similar.
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5 reasons every employer needs an employee handbook
By D. Albert Brannen
From Sept. 10: The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.
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Beware of misclassifying workers as independent contractors
By D. Albert Brannen
From June 13: If your workforce includes contract employees, freelancers, casual workers or independent contractors by any other title, you should seriously analyze whether such workers should be recategorized as employees. The risks of not properly classifying workers can be substantial and include having to ante up back pay, liquidated damages, unpaid taxes, penalties, interest, accounting and attorneys' fees. In addition to these economic risks, other negative consequences can include interference with ongoing operations and harm to an employer's reputation.
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10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
By D. Albert Brannen
From Aug. 8: This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.
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Opportunities are the same as threats
By Dr. David Hillson
From March 28: International risk standards and guidelines define risk as a double-sided concept. This includes the possibility of both upside and downside risks, with either positive or negative effects on the achievement of objectives. We use the word "opportunity" to describe an upside risk with positive impacts, and "threat" is used for downside risks with negative consequences. Although the theory is clear, many organizations, teams and individuals have problems in practice with including opportunities in the risk process.
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What banks learned about risk management in 2013
American Banker
2013 was marked by unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, the rising importance of reputation, market volatility, greater demands from stakeholders, diverse vendor and third-party ecosystems, and new risks posed by mobility, big data and social media.

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Rethinking business continuity
Business Spectator
IT downtime, whether planned or unplanned, undoubtedly causes serious and costly implications for organizations. In fact, according to Gartner, 2 out of 5 businesses will disappear within five years if they suffer a major IT outage.

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Enterprise risk management: What's in your MROM?
National Mortgage Professional Magazine
Increasing regulatory pressures on banks and lenders to adopt greater risk management systems and processes are aimed at establishing a more uniform approach to quality control industry-wide.

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Using the '6 Value Medals' to identify and assess risk
By Dr. David Hillson
From Nov. 14: Edward de Bono is famous for promoting creative thinking, and he has written many books to explain his radical ideas. Perhaps his best-known technique is "Six Thinking Hats," encouraging people to adopt a range of different perspectives when thinking about an issue. Indeed, "Six Thinking Hats" can be helpful in risk identification. One of de Bono's other thinking tools is the "Six Value Medals." These describe different types of value that are important to people and organizations, and against which we can perform a "value scan" when making decisions or determining courses of action.
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    Corporate asset protection: Shielding your business from lawsuits, threats
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5 workplace woes that didn't exist 20 years ago (CollegeRecruiter)
Risk management tactics your startup should have in place (The Huffington Post)

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