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The five essential elements of internal controls within accounting teams

Accounting departments need to implement the five essential elements of internal controls within their teams. Like it or not, organizations hold their accounting departments to higher standards when it comes to internal controls.

 

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FATF issues guidance on virtual assets

FATF issues guidance on virtual assets

 

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Elevating internal audit’s role

For many years, PwC has shared with us their view of the State of the Internal Audit Profession. They have some useful words, but it is mixed in with an agenda with which I don’t totally agree. I will come to that later. But first, the good stuff:

 

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Which way is the true Agile?

When I started this article, I was looking for a catchy, colorful image to depict the “Agile Methodology”. After about 30 minutes, I started to realize that my fruitless search was actually confirming the entire basis of my article; that Agile is now being used as just another catchphrase or gimmick to convey that a project is up to date on the latest and greatest in newer methodologies for IT transformation. However, I hope to show you that Agile is more than just a trendy process and is also not “new” per se, despite how on-trend its adoption is in today’s business automation projects.

 

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Effective monitoring of internal controls is critical

If the most serious internal control violation is a failure to implement internal controls in the first place, the failure to monitor existing internal controls is a close contender. Identify where in the organization effective monitoring occurs and leverage those successes.

 

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Internal audit needs to perform in a way that matters to the board and top management

Internal audit can help leaders with assurance that their people, systems, and processes are able to deliver the desired results – and advice and insight on how to improve them further.

 

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Costco reports a material weakness in internal control. But is it really?

In an Oct. 4th news release, Costco Wholesale announced its operating results for the 4th quarter and full year expecting to report a material weakness in internal control.

 

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Use payroll reports to improve internal controls

Payroll reports, if properly designed, prepared, distributed and reviewed, assist with more than just cost control—they can help to significantly improve several internal controls. Very simply put, internal controls include the activities, processes, policies and procedures which an organization implements to ensure that it meets its objectives.

 

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Why are SOX compliance costs increasing so much?

From a recent survey by Protiviti, the information on how many organizations had to issue a cyber-security disclosure is interesting. Apparently, this generally resulted in an increase on SOX compliance hours – although the reason for a significant increase is not clear.

 

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CASL enforcement: Recent trend

It can be relatively difficult to read the tea leaves in the CRTC’s approach to CASL enforcement, because there is little public record of those enforcement activities. This was noted by the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, in its statutory review of the Act. However, what signs do exist suggest that the enforcement activities of the CRTC are accelerating.

 

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New International Mobility Program options under Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (“CETA”) is a new agreement between Canada and the European Union (“EU”), which is now in force. Chapter 10 of CETA removes the requirement for a Labour Market Impact Assessment for three categories of EU foreign nationals entering Canada for business purposes.

 

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Working together works: Ontario Securities Commission approves reduced sanction for insider tipper who cooperated with investigation

The OSC recently approved a settlement agreement in which the respondent admitted to providing material non-public information to a third party. The order in Re Hutchinson, which did not include an administrative penalty or disgorgement of profits, was held to be in the public interest given the respondent’s cooperation and other mitigating factors.

 

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The board and enterprise culture

This article looks at the Board’s involvement in managing enterprise culture. In the corporate context, culture is a system of values, beliefs and behaviors that shape how things get done within the organization.

 

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BC’s Class Proceedings Act to get a facelift?

The proposed amendments contained in Bill 21 would bring significant change to the class proceedings regime in British Columbia. While these changes would have a number of effects, the most notable of these is that British Columbia would likely be viewed as a more attractive forum for multi-jurisdictional class proceedings especially in light of the fact that it remains to be a “no cost” regime. As a result, the number and size of class proceedings in British Columbia can be expected to increase.

 

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Improve internal controls over fixed assets (Part 2)

A failure to satisfy proper cut-off, completeness, existence, accuracy and ownership are common problems arising from weak or non-existent fixed asset policies. The overarching approach to satisfying these issues is to design and implement internal controls in proper policies and procedures.

 

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