Today we will conclude our discussion on business law by taking a closer examination of Administrative Law. Seaquist (2012) explains that the state or federal administrative agencies are the least visible institutions that create laws. The members of these entities are appointed by government leaders and typically operate as semi-independent organizations that are required to report to Congress and the general public. For instance, when Congress attempts to regulate the nuclear energy and the effects of industrial waste and pollution, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission was created and empowered with the ability to both develop and enforce policies to maintain safe civil use of nuclear power (Seaquist, 2012). Congress itself, has the power to enforce these regulations, however, many of the members lack the time, experience, or expertise, to engage in micromanaging these kinds of regulations.
This also holds true for other entities whose prime directive is to regulate business industries such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, and The Exchange Commission, to name but a few. Seaquist further explains that administrative agencies are also set up at the state level by state legislatures and governors to help them maintain and regulate businesses making sure they abide by governmental policies and functions. In other words, they have the full force of the law to support the various components of their administrative statutes. However, like many laws, most administrative rules and agency decisions are subject to judicial review, where they can be assessed by the courts when challenged.
The one factor that all these agencies have in common is a the need to regulate a highly technical business arena to enforce safety and fair practices. The truth is that these administrative entities are empowered by either the legislative or executive branches at the state and federal levels, to assist in carrying out and maintaining policies, because the larger governing bodies lack the time or expertise to do so.
Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Thanks for tuning in! Have a great weekend and remember … keep working on those organizational management skills!
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. – Aristotle
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Seaquist, G. (2012). Business law for managers. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.