A ruling by a federal appeals court last month that a company violated federal labor law by implementing a workplace ethics program without union consultation might seem like bad news for companies struggling to satisfy ethics mandates.


Servodidio But Thomas Servodidio, a partner with Duane Morris in Philadelphia, tells Compliance Week that companies needn’t be too concerned about the court’s decision in Georgia Power Co. v. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers because the so-called ethics program in the case wasn’t really one at all.

“This case should have limited application since the ‘workplace ethics program’ described in this case appears to ...