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Jumping on the VW Amnesty Microbus

Tom Fox | November 18, 2015

If you are a Volkswagen employee, you have until the end of November to come clean.

Last week VW announced that it will offer amnesty to workers covered by collective bargaining pacts if they admit any role they might have played in the emissions-testing scandal. This amnesty avers that employees who come forward will not be fired from their employment with the company, but VW did note that it reserves the right to transfer any employee who came forward to take advantage of the amnesty offer. Of course this offer will not affect how prosecutors might view any evidence developed through this process.

No doubt drawing on the success that another German behemoth, Siemens, had when it offered amnesty to its employees during its Foreign Corrupt Practices Act inquiry in the 2000s, VW is using this tactic to encourage employees to come forward to help the company understand how such a wide-range scandal could have occurred. While there have been press reports of one...

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