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Payroll controls and compliance

Tom Fox | July 9, 2018

The Justice Department Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs’ prong “Policies and Procedures” states: “Payment Systems – How was the misconduct in question funded (e.g., purchase orders, employee reimbursements, discounts, petty cash)? What processes could have prevented or detected improper access to these funds? Have those processes been improved?”

While the basic Watergate maxim “follow the money” has always been appropriate in any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation, the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs takes payment systems and their internal controls several steps farther past the detect and investigatory precepts. It is not just one set of compliance internal controls, but rather internal controls permeating throughout an organization that creates their effectiveness. What are effective compliance internal controls and how can the payroll function assist in fulfilling those requirements? There are several specific internal payroll controls...

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