In recent days the term ‘moonlighting’ has become a hot topic especially in the IT industry. The IT giant Wipro recently fired 300 of its employees for moonlighting, while other big companies like IBM, TCS, Infosys have raised concerns about their employees doing a side job after working hours. The debate over ‘moonlighting’ doesn’t seem to settle, with divided opinions and lack of clarity, whether it's a moral, ethical or legal issue, or all of these. But the debate has definitely triggered the need for robust due diligence mechanism, enforcement of Business Code of Conduct, and internal investigations especially in the post-Covid-19 times, when the corporates are facing challenges to monitor employee misconduct, the increasing risk of fraud, financial and reputational loss, and of course the legal implications of terminating employee contracts.
The maintenance provisions under the Indian law are often used for harassing one or the other party, and in many cases the quantum of the amount awarded as maintenance is inadequate. Professional investigative services like asset trace and financial due diligence can provide the aggrieved party with useful evidence in their fight for getting justice.
Financial frauds have increased in tandem with the increased number of online transactions. Detecting fraud in any sector is critical for keeping customers' money safe as well as reducing financial losses and keeping the company profitable. This short article outlines the nature and extent of the problem, and the various investigative tools and methodologies used by Intelaw to address the issues.
The increase in cross-border employees, business partners, stakeholders, vendors and labour force questions the existing due diligence process followed in hiring or onboarding or conducting any business transaction, and necessitates a comprehensive human-intelligence led investigative due diligence to expedite decisions, minimize risk and avoid legal implications.
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