For the last several years, there has been an increasing focus on business compliance. Recently, three major business compliance issues have become more prominent. EPA reminds businesses of their responsibility to comply with Clean Air Act requirements. EPA reminds businesses of their responsibility to comply with all of the applicable Federal Requirements for registration and licensing as well as any other regulations or directives issued by state agencies.
An important reminder for business clients and prospective clients
is that all companies need to register with EPA. Registered companies are required to create an annual Corporate veil that is designed to protect their business clients and provide a record of Corporate Compliance as a service History. EPA reminds business clients that it’s important that company clients comply with all applicable Federal Requirements for registration and licensing including those related to Corporate Veil.
Most often, companies begin the registration process with an “off the shelf”, or “off the rack” (OTR) firm. Recently, EPA identified and named these firms in an article published in “The New York Times”. Specifically, EPA recommends selecting a “third-party firm” to assist with “full-agency registration” and “llc registration”. Currently, most “off the shelf” or “off the rack” (OTR) firms focus primarily on limited liability. As a result, many businesses may not be involved in self-monitoring and may not be involved with federal or state air quality programs. Moreover, if the business does not register with a self-monitoring firm, there is a strong likelihood that it will fail to meet EPA’s deadlines and test requirements.
Another suggestion from EPA is to make sure your company is up-to-date on Modern Award guidelines. In today’s market, it is critical to remain compliant with all regulations and directives. EPA reminds businesses to make sure they are compliant. In particular, it is suggested that your company is up-to-date on the latest developments such as the EPA AirSense program and the EPA Air Breathing Equipment (ABE) program. If your business fails to make sure it is up-to-date on either one of these programs, it could face fines or penalties.
When considering internal requirements and submitting an application for certification,
consider whether your business is properly complying with its own Self-Compliance Manual (SCM). For example, if your SCM focuses on a single facility, such as an administrative office, it is likely that your facility complies with all applicable Modern Award guidelines. If you are unsure about how your facilities comply with Modern Award guidelines, ask for an opinion from your SCM or a license specialist. They will be able to provide you with additional guidance.
It is also important to make sure that your business complies with all applicable local, regional, state, and federal regulations. Your state commercial codes often have requirements that must be met in order to be certified. Your state department of licensing may require specific employment hero awards in order to obtain certification. Make sure you understand exactly what is required for your business compliance effort. If you have questions about how to apply for state certification, contact your state office for assistance.
- Finally, your business compliance efforts should include an assessment of all legal obligations.
- All legal obligations should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
- These legal obligations include any legal responsibilities related to food manufactured and/or packed by your business.
any tax obligations, and any other miscellaneous regulatory obligations.
Knowing your legal obligations can be a useful way to ensure your compliance efforts. For example, when you secure certifications from both the US E.P.A. and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the manufacturing of food products, did you take steps to ensure the company manufacturing your product is properly licensed? When you secure business licenses for employees, did you take steps to make sure these employees are knowledgeable about food product safety? Are you aware of any other legal obligations regarding the operation of your business? If so, make sure you follow up on these requirements and take whatever steps necessary to be in compliance with these requirements.