Takeover of company assets used to commit a crime may lead law-abiding entrepreneurs to bankruptcy – claim Employers of Poland, commentating on the amendment of the Penal Code.
Employers of Poland emphasize that the fact that company assets were used to commit a crime does not necessarily mean that the entrepreneur was involved. In many cases, unlawful activities are conducted by dishonest employees working of their own accord. Owners do not always have the tools to fully control their employees and prevents such a situation.
In cases like this, the entrepreneur is one of the victims of criminals and not the perpetrator. Therefore, the drafted regulations should be modified in such a way as to prevent the persecution of companies which were unaware of their employees’ unlawful actions. Otherwise, law-abiding entrepreneurs could be penalized more harshly than actual criminals.
As an organization associating over 12 000 companies, Employers of Poland staunchly support effective combat against economic crimes. Such unlawful actions have a very negative impact on the conditions of business activity in Poland. The problem is that in recent years, the efforts aimed at a.o. improving tax collection rates were not appropriate to the challenges. Often, they made life harder for law-abiding companies and contributed to unjustified lawsuits against them and punishments for small unintentional offences, resulting from the complicated and sometimes contradictory nature of regulations.
Employers of Poland