Monday 24 December 2012

Bribery Act VS Christmas good will?

Some companies have no hard and fast rules regarding this and leave it to the discretion of the employee. Last year the Royal Mail advised staff that gifts under £30 were acceptable but not to accept cash or gifts to a value above £30. What is acceptable and are companies overreacting when it comes to protecting themselves from risk of prosecution for breach of the Bribery Act this Christmas?
This year, like all previous years at Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, we have just compiled our Xmas donations list for our client’s staff raffles. With the bribery and corruption act at the very forefront of our minds we have been wondering whether it is a tradition we should carry on.
The Bribery Act 2010 came into force on 1 July 2011. The intention behind it was to amend and reform the UK’s criminal law and provide a modern legal framework to combat bribery in the UK and Internationally. There is a guideline to follow but are company’s up-to-date with the law.
Tins of sweets and a bottle of champagne have always been the theme for us but when you do cross the line and it becomes an illegal gesture?
How do you feel about it and has it put your company off giving Xmas donations?

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