Donna Obstfeld is a Human Resources Specialist. Her company, DOHR, provides a tailored mix of consultancy and support to clients across London and the Northern Home Counties.
Here Donna has some vital information for business owners who employ staff ...
"I was in a room with 20 different employers this week and asked a simple question….
How many of you have a policy on bribery and have trained your staff in the application of that policy?
Despite the Bribery Act 2010 having come into force in July 2011, 90% of the businesses represented did not have a policy and had not trained their staff in relation to their duties under the Bribery Act.
The first case has now been brought under this legislation and a court official was found guilty of being bribed to make a speeding offence disappear.
The previous bribery legislation was mixed and confusing, some of it being over 100 years old.
For those of you who are not clear, bribery is defined as ‘the giving or taking of a reward in return for acting dishonestly and/or in breach of the law’. There are four offences under the Act:
It is the last of these which employers need to be especially wary of. There is an absolute obligation for employers, even those with one employee, to have a policy which ensures that employees know that bribery is not acceptable.
There is also an absolute obligation for employers to brief / train their staff in relation to the law, their policy and its application to their business environment.
So what counts as bribery? Is it…..
To find out more about The Bribery Act 2010, it’s implications for your business and how to protect your business from prosecution, join us at the Business Essentials Conference on 29th February 2012.
You will be able to discuss the Act in the context of your business and walk away with a policy, training guidelines and some standard forms and letters.
This would normally cost approximately £500 + VAT but the one day conference will cost you just £120."
For more information and to book visit
call Donna Obstfeld on 01923 504100.
Donna Obstfeld (Chartered FCIPD)
HR Specialist / Managing Director
Member since: 8th July 2012
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