Legal Compliance: A Key Business Task

Photo: search dog

Most businesses have legal compliance obligations. Some of them are obvious, some aren’t. If you use a driver to deliver products to customers, the driver must have a driver’s licence. The requirement to have a licence isn’t only the driver’s personal responsibility. If the employer has given an employee the job of driving a vehicle, it is the employer’s obligation to ask the driver if he or she has a licence.

Some industries require specific permits to be obtained before a business can operate commercially. Bars and restaurants in Australia, for example, need to make sure that their staff members who serve alcohol have had RSA (responsible service of alcohol) training. Other regulations require people to hold first aid certificates, or tickets to operate particular machinery, vehicles or shipping vessels, or to hold certain qualifications like educational diplomas or certificates. There are also regulations that apply to all businesses, like workers compensation insurance, occupational health and safety rules, and the collection of income tax and GST (sales tax).

Being investigated, fined or prosecuted for non-compliance with regulations can be very distressing for business owners, and can soak up a lot of their resources. It is a much better approach to avoid this risk and take the trouble to find out what regulations apply to your business and then set up a compliance strategy. As the old saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine.

[Photo credit: MOD Police Search Dog by Harland Quarrington/MOD – a public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and used here under an OGL v.1 licence.]

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