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OFCCP Seeks Comments on Final Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination

On December 3, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced its Final Rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13672 prohibiting federal government contractors and subcontractors from...more

12/19/2014 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Federal Contractors Final Rules Gender Discrimination Gender Identity OFCCP Sexual Orientation Discrimination Subcontractors

DOJ Recovers Nearly $6 Billion under False Claims Act in 2014

The Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30. This marks the first year the DOJ recovered more...more

12/18/2014 - DOJ Enforcement Actions Enforcement Statistics False Claims Act Qui Tam Whistleblower Awards

FBI Issues Alert Following Unprecedented Malware Attack against U.S. Company

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned U.S. businesses to be alert for a malicious software bug capable of erasing hard drives and crashing networks. Although not specifically mentioned, cybersecurity...more

12/17/2014 - Cybersecurity Entertainment Industry FBI Hackers Iran Malware Popular

New Compensation Data Requirements Increase Burdens in Upcoming OFCCP Audits

Despite concerns regarding data security issues and potential compliance burdens, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently notified more than 2,500 entities of upcoming audits...more

12/16/2014 - Audits Executive Compensation OFCCP Public Employers Reporting Requirements Wages

SEC Reports FY 2014 as a Historic Year for Whistleblower Program

According to the annual report issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), fiscal year 2014 was a "historic" one for the whistleblower program initiated pursuant to the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law. In...more

12/15/2014 - Annual Reports Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

New OECD Report Provides Insight into Foreign Bribery

According to a recent report issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), international efforts to tackle bribery have increased dramatically since the implementation of the Convention on...more

12/12/2014 - Anti-Bribery Bribery Construction Industry Foreign Official OECD Surface Transportation Telecommunications

Survey Says Sharing Information is Crucial in a Volatile Data Security Environment

Information sharing allows for better insight into existing threats and vulnerabilities and alerts organizations to the existence of important data that can help prevent cyberattacks and mitigate the effects of ongoing...more

12/10/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data-Sharing DOJ FTC Information Sharing Liability Popular Pricewaterhousecoopers Stored Communications Act Surveys

Sleeping Employee Wins $1 Million under the ADA

In a clear example of what not to do under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a simple and avoidable mistake turned into almost $1 million in liability for an employer accused of firing an employee for sleeping on the...more

12/9/2014 - ADA Employer Liability Issues Jury Awards Law Enforcement Wrongful Termination

Aggressive FLSA Enforcement May Now Mean Jail Time

The recent arrest of a New York restaurant owner for failing to pay her employees minimum wage and overtime pay highlights the aggressive efforts currently used to enforce employment laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

12/8/2014 - Criminal Prosecution DOL FLSA Minimum Wage Misclassification Popular Restaurant Industry Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Whistleblower Exposes Cultural and Accounting Failures at UK Supermarket Giant

Irregular accounting practices and a corresponding £263 million — approximately $423 million — in overstated profits were recently revealed at one of Britain's largest supermarket chains, sending company shares plummeting and...more

12/5/2014 - C-Suite Executives Corporate Culture Corporate Governance Corporate Management Corporate Officers Financial Conduct Authority Grocery Stores Internal Investigations Retailers UK Whistleblowers

The Approval of Recreational Marijuana Use May Change Workplace Drug Policies

Efforts to legalize marijuana secured major victories last Election Day when voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. approved laws allowing for the recreational use of a plant previously touted as the "evil weed" by the...more

12/2/2014 - Decriminalization of Marijuana Drug Testing Employment Policies Marijuana

9 Tips for a Safe and Liability-Free Holiday Office Party

The approaching holiday season offers employers the opportunity to show their appreciation for a year of hard work by hosting holiday parties where employees can relax and enjoy themselves with co-workers. However, without...more

11/26/2014 - Best Management Practices Employer Liability Issues Holiday Parties Holidays Popular

Employers Face New Restrictions on FMLA Notice Delivery

Following the Third Circuit Court of Appeals' rejection of the "Mailbox Rule," employers face new delivery restrictions when providing employees with Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) paperwork. The “Mailbox Rule” presumes...more

11/25/2014 - Appeals Employer Liability Issues FMLA Mailbox Rule Written Notice

NY Financial Regulators Push Institutions to Tighten Cybersecurity

Following a string of publicly disclosed cyberattacks against both retailers and financial institutions, New York's top financial regulator called on the financial sector to be more proactive in its cybersecurity efforts. A...more

11/24/2014 - Banks Cybersecurity Financial Institutions Regulatory Standards

Operation Fashion Police Fights Money Laundering in L.A.'s Fashion District

On September 10, approximately 1,000 federal agents raided Los Angeles' fashion district, seizing documents, electronic data and approximately $90 million in cash, with nine people arrested for alleged money laundering...more

11/21/2014 - Cartels City of Los Angeles Fashion Industry Illegal Drugs Law Enforcement Mexico Money Laundering

Federal Government Discriminates Against Transgender Employee

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently announced that a federal government agency violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by discriminating against an employee who transitioned from male to female in 2010....more

11/20/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues ENDA Federal Employees Gender Discrimination Government Entities LGBT Transgender

EEOC Roundup: October 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or...more

11/19/2014 - ADA ADEA Banks Disability Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions Fast-Food Industry Harassment Manufacturers MCOs National Origin Discrimination Race Discrimination Restaurant Industry Retailers Sex Discrimination Staffing Agencies Title Companies

OSHA Launches National Dialogue to Update Hazardous Substance Standards

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a national dialogue aimed at revising its permissible exposure limits (PELs) to more effectively prevent the adverse effects of...more

11/18/2014 - Hazardous Substances OSHA Workplace Hazards

10 Tips for Using Social Media during the Hiring Process

Many human resource professionals go beyond the use of traditional resumes, references and face-to-face interviews and turn to social media to gain additional insight into a candidate's qualifications and personality....more

11/17/2014 - ADA Corporate Counsel Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Popular Social Media Title VII

SEC Charges Ex-Compliance Officer with Altering Documents

Government regulators have been increasingly willing to hold individuals personally liable for their role in compliance failures. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently brought...more

11/14/2014 - Banks Enforcement Actions Falsified Documents Former Employee Insider Trading SEC

OFCCP Looks to Eradicate Pay Discrimination with Proposed Pay Transparency Rule

On September 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in connection with the mandates set forth in Executive Order 13665 (EO...more

11/13/2014 - DOL Employee Rights Equal Pay Federal Contractors OFCCP Pay Discrimination Transparency

SEC Obtains Over $4 Billion for Securities Violations in 2014

Following the end of its fiscal year on September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported that FY 2014 was notable not only for the record number of enforcement actions filed, but for the wide range of...more

11/12/2014 - Accounting Controls Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Enforcement Actions FCPA Insider Trading Internal Controls Material Nonpublic Information Pay-To-Play Reporting Requirements SEC Strategic Enforcement Plan Whistleblower Awards

Controversial Head Scarf Issue Heads to the Supreme Court

Image often plays a significant role in a company’s ability to market its products or services. But does maintaining that image justify violating a person’s civil rights? That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to...more

11/11/2014 - Abercrombie & Fitch EEOC EEOC v Abercrombie First Amendment Religion Religious Clothing SCOTUS

Bank to Make $850,000 Payout for 2012 Data Breach

A major national bank will pay $850,000 for allowing a data breach to compromise the personal information of 260,000 of its customers. Nine states — Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina,...more

11/10/2014 - Banks Damages Data Breach Personally Identifiable Information Popular

Top 4 Benefits of Self-Reporting FCPA Violations

Violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) can lead to significant fines and serious consequences, leaving many to wonder why an organization would opt to voluntarily disclose violations. This is exactly what...more

11/6/2014 - DOJ Enforcement Actions FCPA SEC Self-Reporting

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