GM Deal Shows Feds' Push To Police Internal Policies

By Sindhu Sundar (May 23, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT) -- General Motors Co.'s recent accord with the federal government includes an unusual requirement that it retrain employees previously instructed to avoid using terms such as "defect" and "safety-related," a sign that regulators are looking to insert themselves into new areas of company policy following a safety crisis in order to force more substantial changes to company culture.

The $35 million penalty, which critics decried as a slap on the wrist for a major corporation like GM, was less notable than some of the other provisions of the automaker's consent order with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which took a rare...

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