With the increased focus by the Obama Administration on financial crimes, health care fraud, and corporate fraud, corporate compliance and ethics programs have never been more important. Effective corporate compliance and ethics programs show a commitment to honest and responsible corporate conduct and improve the quality of corporate practices and reputations within the community. In addition, they also are a factor considered by the United States Department of Justice in determining whether to charge a corporation and by United States District Courts when doling out sentences to convicted corporations.
In April 2010, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted to change the Federal Sentencing Guidelines pertaining to organizations (“2010 Guidelines”). Barring any congressional action, these changes will take effect on November 1, 2010.
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