Ethical Leadership Legal and Regulations

As a leader in your organization, it is vital that you are familiar with the laws that regulate your industry. Sparked by the dramatic corporate and accounting scandals of Enron, Arthur Andersen,
Adelphia and WorldCom, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was implemented in 2002 in an effort to restore confidence in the stock markets. Sarbanes-Oxley represents the most important securities legislation
since the original federal securities laws of the 1930s as it increased governmental regulation and oversight of publicly-traded companies and established protections for whistleblowers. The False
Claims Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act provide a financial incentive for those who “blow the whistle” and report fraudulent activity within their organization.
In this task, you will select and analyze an established company’s code of ethics, analyze how an employee would raise an ethical concern within an organization, and consider the current laws and
US Sentencing Guidelines with respect to whistleblowers. Scenario: You are an experienced ethics officer who has recently been hired by an established company. You have been tasked with analyzing
the company’s current code of ethics, and identifying areas in need of improvement.