Laws and Regulations
The post concerning company vehicles was getting in danger of being sidetracked, so I’ll put this topic in a different thread in a more general sense. A side discussion was starting to occur around the application/interpretation of IRS regulations which actually could be expanded a good bit.
A couple of quotes that pertain to the professional practice of Land Surveying from a section of the statutes and regulatory language in my home state:
- A licensee shall not knowingly associate with any person engaging in fraudulent, illegal or dishonest activities.
- The professional engineer or professional land surveyor shall avoid conduct likely to discredit or reflect unfavorably upon the dignity or honor of his or her profession.
- Grounds for denial of licensure and for disciplinary action. (12) Engaged in conduct likely to deceive or defraud the public.
There is a vast number of laws and regulations that a company (corporation or even a sole-proprietor) is supposed to comply with in the daily operations of their company. Some examples might be tax code, business licenses for each city worked in, labor laws, workman’s comp insurance, radio licensing for GPS equipment, drone pilot licensing, etc… This list could be pages long.
Surveying can be a bit odd in that folks running the businesses are often not well versed in business. So I think we as a profession have a great potential for violations, other than our standards of practice, to occur from ignorance of the laws pertaining to business practice.
What (if anything) are you doing to make sure that your company is in compliance with whatever laws apply to your business?
Do you ever consider if your choices (made either through lack of knowledge or as an informed decision to ignore a law) could result in consequences to your business, employees, or license?
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