Bribery Act 2010 - are you ready?

Sunday 17th April 2011

briberyact_91The long awaited Bribery Act (passed in April 2010) is finally due to come into force on the 1st July 2011. Although, it has been put back twice already by the coalition government so this date is yet to be confirmed.

Despite the fact it imposes serious consequences for breaches (maximum jail sentence of 10 years) there is significant comfort in that it provides for a full defence, if an organisation can show that it had adequate procedures in place to prevent persons associated with it from indulging in the bribery, of which it is accused.

There are two useful guidance booklets that have been produced and can be found at http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/docs/bribery-act-2010-quick-start-guide.pdf (a quick start guidance consisting of 9 pages) or a more long winded (45 pages) at http://www.justice.gov.uk/guidance/docs/bribery-act-2010-guidance.pdf .

These documents are well worth a read to consider your organisations requirements to put in place an appropriate policy. For more information or help in changing your policies please contact our employment team on 01772 799600 or email employment@marsdenrawsthorn.com.

Author: Administrator

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