Monday, February 24, 2014

Employees who are paid well and have solid benefits and prospects for retirement have no incentive to rigorously question employer conduct, and internal compliance programs give them moral comfort that there is no need to do so.

Does anybody really thinks that the purpose of compliance officers is to promote ethical conduct, rather than to protect the reputation of the institution? On the blog of Harvard's Safra Center for Ethics, attorney Reuben Guttman writes that "internal compliance programs are a tool to further game the system by suppressing internal questioning of conduct that may indeed be questionable."

Guttman heads the whistleblower practice and the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm of Grant & Eisenhofer.  Read the rest of his excellent post here.

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