Even when surrounded by the ones we love, it is important to keep confidential information away from them. Others may not realize that they should not trade after overhearing interesting comments—or worse, they may try to listen, intending to trade if they learn something exciting. Working from home increases the threat of “inadvertent tipping,” especially for those who find themselves prone to discussing business within earshot of others. Please renew your confidentiality practices to protect your loved ones, and yourself.
For over a decade now, we have combed through the SEC’s insider trading cases each year to collect cautionary tales on the hurt and reputational damage that those close to us can cause when we do not take proper precautions.1 While others may not be aware of, or intend to cause, such harm, any involvement in an insider trading investigation, even if charges are never brought, can result in a ruined career, damaged relationships, and mounting legal bills. This year, we highlight additional scenarios demonstrating the risks that come with working from home, involving family, friends, and partners—romantic and business alike—that we hope will serve you well as you deal with snow days, family get- togethers, and shared workspaces.
Source: Working From Home? Stay Alert to Avoid Insider Trading or Tipping Liability!