AdamHorowitzLaw.com (law firm blog)
March 20, 2020
Is there anything worse than an omission or mistake in the law that enables wrongdoers to go unpunished?
YES! A perfectly crafted law that goes UNENFORCED!
Ditto with ‘policies’ – internal rules an organization or company adopts that supposedly forbid certain harmful behaviors.
Policies go unenforced all the time. Here’s one simple reason why.
In a crisis, CEOs and bishops and Boy Scouts executives and university presidents typically holler “Get me the lawyers and the PR people!”
They sit down and write up a policy, procedure or plan. On paper at least, it addresses the situation at hand. Then, they shout from the rooftops “We’ve fixed everything.” (Or, if they have really smart public relations staff, they’re a tad more realistic-sounding and say “We’re FIXING everything.”)
Sooner or later, public pressure and media attention wane, the policies are quietly shelved and the old patterns re-emerge.
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