Sentencing Guidelines May Boost Compliance (Boehme quoted)

Sentencing Guidelines May Boost Compliance

Suzanne Barlyn – The Wall Street Journal – May 3, 2010


Proposed changes to the guidelines for punishing companies that are convicted of crimes would encourage more authority for chief compliance officers.

Companies that authorize their chief compliance officer to report suspected employee criminal conduct directly to the board of directors may be eligible for lighter sentences under the proposal.

The U.S. Sentencing Commission recently approved the amendments to federal sentencing guidelines now being considered by federal lawmakers. They could become effective on Nov. 1 if Congress doesn’t object.

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