Every corporation (Corp., Inc., or Ltd.) and limited liability company (LLC) is subject to many legal requirements. This includes laws and regulations governing the payment of wages, employment discrimination and harassment, payment of taxes, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) registrations, safety laws (OSHA), payments made to foreign officials to expedite a permit or project, and many others.
It is each company’s responsibility to assure that their operations comply with all applicable laws through a basic compliance program. In most situations, failure to comply leads to a civil penalty, usually the payment of a fine. But in some situations, a government agency can find criminal liability and refer to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for criminal enforcement.
On February 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice Fraud Section published an “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.” This document, which provides “important topics and sample questions that the Fraud Section has frequently found relevant,” serves as a useful tool for companies to understand how government agencies and the DOJ will assess the effectiveness of a company’s compliance program and whether it meets best practices.
Should you be interested in discussing your compliance program, please contact Audra Pavilcius Karalius at [email protected]
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