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The 2021 Florida Statutes

Title XXXVI
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Chapter 607
FLORIDA BUSINESS CORPORATION ACT
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F.S. 607.08411
607.08411 General standards for officers.
(1) An officer, when performing in such capacity, shall act:
(a) In good faith; and
(b) In a manner the officer reasonably believes to be in the best interests of the corporation.
(2) An officer, when becoming informed in connection with a decisionmaking function, shall discharge his or her duties with the care that an ordinary prudent person in a like position would reasonably believe appropriate under similar circumstances.
(3) The duty of an officer includes the obligation to:
(a) Inform the superior officer to whom, or the board of directors or the committee to which, the officer reports of information about the affairs of the corporation known to the officer, within the scope of the officer’s functions, and known or as should be known to the officer to be material to such superior officer, board, or committee; and
(b) Inform his or her superior officer, or another appropriate person within the corporation, or the board of directors, or a committee thereof, of any actual or probable material violation of law involving the corporation or material breach of duty to the corporation by an officer, employee, or agent of the corporation the officer believes has occurred or is likely to occur.
(4) In discharging his or her duties, an officer who does not have knowledge that makes reliance unwarranted is entitled to rely on the performance by any of the persons specified in subsection (6) to whom the responsibilities were properly delegated, formally or informally, by course of conduct.
(5) In discharging his or her duties, an officer who does not have knowledge that makes reliance unwarranted is entitled to rely on information, opinions, reports, or statements, including financial statements and other financial data, prepared or presented by any of the persons specified in subsection (6).
(6) An officer is entitled to rely, in accordance with subsection (4) or subsection (5), on:
(a) One or more other officers of the corporation or one or more employees of the corporation whom the officer reasonably believes to be reliable and competent in the functions performed or the information, opinions, reports, or statements provided;
(b) Legal counsel, public accountants, or other persons retained by the corporation as to matters involving skills or expertise the officer reasonably believes are matters within the particular person’s professional or expert competence or as to which the particular person merits confidence.
History.s. 105, ch. 2019-90.