Do you know about the types of risk that corporate directors are increasingly facing? I've been talking quite a bit about various types of risk, and Earl Altman recently asked on First Reference Talks, When are directors liable to employees for debts of the corporation? A new guide looks at the main sources of risk that directors face and a number of strategies to reduce the risk.
It is an accepted principle of corporate law that the owners or managers of a corporation are not legally liable personally for the debts of that corporation. However, since the inception of limited liability, corporations have sought to avoid payment of various debts by hiding behind what is referred to as the “corporate veil”. Some of these efforts have been so flagrant a misuse of the principle that courts have struggled to “pierce the corporate veil” and impose legal liability on directors of the corporation for certain conduct.