Employers should consider requiring job applicants to provide proof of the qualifications stated on their CVs, proportionate to the risks inherent in the job – for example, imposing stricter requirements where the role is senior and highly-paid and/or involves working with vulnerable people such as children - following a recent case in which an employee was convicted of fraud for lying on his CV.
Parties negotiating a contract and tempted to over-estimate their costs as a negotiating tactic could lead to a successful claim against them for fraudulent misrepresentation, and rescission of the contract, a recent ruling makes clear.
Commercial organisations, even if small, open-plan and run informally and/or on a family basis, should ensure they carry out formal anti-bribery risk assessments, introduce and monitor an anti-bribery policy, including staff training, adequate record-keeping, and appointment of a designated compliance officer, and regularly review the policy’s effectiveness, all proportionate to the size, type and complexity of the business, or risk a conviction for failure to provide ‘adequate procedures’ to prevent bribery.
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