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Navy Bribery Scandals Highlight the Importance of Enforcing a Code of Conduct

There are a wide range of business opportunities available for supplying, equipping and servicing the U.S. Navy's more than 323,000 active personnel, 290 ships and over 3,700 aircraft around the world. Unfortunately, this...more

8/21/2014 - Bribery Code of Conduct DOD DOJ Fraud U.S. Navy

Employers: Be Vigilant About ADA Compliance During the Hiring Process

While certain job duties may legitimately require that employers screen applicants and employees for medical conditions, organizations risk violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and incurring serious legal...more

8/20/2014 - ADA Compliance Disability Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing

Six Tips for Avoiding Transgender Discrimination in the Workplace

Transgender employees present special concerns for employers when developing and applying personnel policies and procedures, from restroom access issues to preventing discrimination and harassment. Employers who do not...more

8/19/2014 - Best Management Practices Corporate Counsel Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Harassment LGBT Popular Title VII

Company Agrees to $6.8 Million Fine For Selling Tainted Eggs and Bribing Official

While foreign bribery makes for sensational headlines, a Midwest egg company recently discovered why U.S. enforcement actions for domestic bribery have resulted in a sharp increase in corporate fines. The egg company agreed...more

8/15/2014 - Bribery Compliance Fines Food Contamination Foreign Official White Collar Crimes

Russian Crime Ring Possesses Mass Quantities of Stolen Online Information

With recent reports that a Russian crime ring may have stolen the largest collection of online data — including 1.2 billion username and password combinations—effective data security is more critical than ever for all...more

8/14/2014 - Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Data Breach Data Protection Hackers Passwords Russia Theft

Court Throws Out "Me Too" Harassment Claims

One might think displays of Confederate flags and nooses, racial slurs and evidence of malicious graffiti and epithets is enough to establish a racially hostile work environment. However, a recent ruling by the U.S. Court of...more

8/13/2014 - Harassment Hostile Environment Racial Discrimination

Executive Order Adds New Compliance Requirements for Federal Contractors

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order in an effort to crack down on federal contractors with a history of violating employee rights. Beginning in 2016, both the government’s...more

8/11/2014 - Compliance Contractors Disclosure Requirements Employee Rights Executive Orders Federal Contractors

Supreme Court Nets Sarbanes-Oxley Case Involving Fisherman

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case that will determine the fate of a fisherman whose attempt to avoid penalties for catching undersized fish netted him a conviction for violating a law designed to prevent...more

8/8/2014 - Fishing Industry Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS

10 Tips for Preventing Third-Party Harassment and Discrimination

Workplace harassment is a serious issue, whether it involves unwanted sexual advances or derogatory remarks about a person's race or skin color. Employment laws hold employers responsible for ensuring that the workplace is...more

8/8/2014 - Best Management Practices Chief Compliance Officers Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Harassment Training

Guidelines for OSHA Compliance During Hurricane Season

Everyone should be prepared for an emergency. but federal law requires that employers provide a safe work environment even in the face of a natural disaster. Consequently, employers — particularly those in areas most affected...more

8/6/2014 - Compliance Employer Liability Issues OSHA Safety Precautions

EEOC Roundup: June 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

8/5/2014 - Age Discrimination Disability Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Employer Liability Issues FMLA Harassment National Origin Discrimination Pay Discrimination Pregnancy Discrimination Race Discrimination Retaliation Sexual Harassment

SEC Investigations Spur Debate over "Materiality" of Cyberattacks

Following a record year for data breach incidents — with eight breaches exposing over 10 million identities — the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is closely scrutinizing how those breaches were handled. Multiple...more

8/4/2014 - Cybersecurity Data Breach Disclosure Disclosure Requirements Internal Controls Investigations Investors Materiality Publicly-Traded Companies SEC

OCC Report Highlights Risks Linked to Evolving Cyberthreats

According to the latest semi-annual risk report issued by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), new methods of money laundering and a growth in both the volume and sophistication of electronic banking fraud...more

8/1/2014 - Anti-Money Laundering Cyber Attacks Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Protection OCC

The 10 Most (and Least) Corrupt States in America

Corruption of state governments costs American taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to a new study by researchers at Indiana University and City University of Hong Kong that reports on the risk of corruption and...more

7/31/2014 - Corruption Information Reports State and Local Government

Store to Pay Up to $6.5 Million for Misclassifying Workers

A national home-improvement store recently agreed to pay thousands of California workers as much as $6.5 million for improperly labeling them independent contractors (IC) instead of employees....more

7/30/2014 - DOL Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues FLSA Independent Contractors IRS Misclassification Settlement Wage and Hour

Stay Tuned: Impact of Supreme Court Decision on ACA's Contraceptive Mandate Uncertain

It’s too soon to know the impact on the workplace of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that certain businesses may opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement to pay for birth control in their healthcare...more

7/28/2014 - Affordable Care Act Burwell v Hobby Lobby Closely Held Businesses Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer Mandates Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Hobby Lobby Religious Freedom Restoration Act

DOJ Fines Bank Record $9 Billion for OFAC Sanctions Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sent a strong message to international banks with a record penalty of nearly $9 billion on one of the world's largest banks for violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and...more

7/23/2014 - Banks DOJ Foreign Banks OFAC Sanctions

Employers Stand by Their Drug Policies as Marijuana Laws Gain Ground

Marijuana laws are undergoing a quick and radical transformation in the U.S. Currently, 20 states plus the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Two states — Washington and Colorado — have...more

7/23/2014 - Corporate Counsel Decriminalization of Marijuana Marijuana Popular

10 Tips for Responding to a False Claims Act Investigation

An increase in government investigations and enforcement actions under the False Claims Act (FCA) and other federal laws can subject healthcare organizations, financial services firms, government contractors and others to...more

7/21/2014 - Banking Sector Chief Compliance Officers Civil Investigation Demand Corporate Counsel Enforcement Enforcement Actions False Claims Act Federal Contractors Government Investigations Healthcare Providers Internal Investigations Training

HIPAA Violations Will Soon Be More Expensive

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to use higher fines and a new round of audits to send a strong message to the healthcare industry about complying with the Health Insurance Portability and...more

7/21/2014 - Enforcement Enforcement Actions Healthcare HHS HIPAA OCR

Federal Contractor Settles Second Charge of Race Discrimination with OFCCP

A federal contractor agreed to settle charges by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that it discriminated in its hiring practices by creating multiple barriers in its paper...more

7/17/2014 - Class Action Contractors Discrimination Executive Orders Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing OFCCP Race Discrimination Settlement Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

UK Wins First International Corruption Trial

The UK Serious Frauds Office (SFO) recently won its first overseas corruption victory convicting two individuals of a conspiracy to commit corruption. The case originally began six years ago with a referral by the U.S....more

7/15/2014 - Compliance Corruption DOJ FCPA Foreign Official SEC SFO UK

Supreme Court Sends Hundreds of NLRB Cases Back to the Drawing Board

Hundreds of decisions issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) must be re-decided after the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling that President Obama did not have the authority to appoint three members of the board...more

7/14/2014 - Barack Obama Employer Liability Issues NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS Section 7

EEOC Roundup: April 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

7/11/2014

Firms Charged with Both Bribery and Financial Crime Hit Hardest by FCPA Enforcement

Although passed in 1977, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was not significantly enforced until 2005. Since then, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have made up for the...more

7/11/2014 - Bribery Compliance Corporate Counsel Enforcement Enforcement Actions FCPA Financial Crimes White Collar Crimes

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