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Workplace-Diversity Data Continues To Drive Awareness in Silicon Valley

The technology industry has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity in its mostly male workforce as advocates call on companies to be more transparent with their demographic information. Apple Inc. is one of...more

9/17/2014 - Apple Diversity Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Google Tech Industry

California Court Dismisses CMIA Claim Based on Possession of Stolen Medical Data

A health organization narrowly averted paying a potential $4 billion in damages under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act (CMIA) for losing the medical records of more than 4 million patients. Plaintiffs...more

9/15/2014 - CMIA Data Breach Electronic Medical Records Healthcare Facilities Medical Records

Dodd-Frank Splits Courts on Granting Whistleblower Protections

As more claimants take advantage of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) whistleblower program created under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, courts have increasingly been called upon to decipher the law's...more

9/12/2014 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions Popular SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Targets Financial Service Industry

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently made enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a top priority, second only to terrorism. While an overall increase in enforcement puts all industries on alert, the...more

9/11/2014 - Anti-Corruption Compliance Corruption DOJ FCPA Popular

6 Tips for Creating an Effective Workplace-Violence Prevention Program

A medical center faces $78,000 in fines for failing to protect its employees against workplace violence, following an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The investigation revealed that,...more

9/5/2014 - Compliance OSHA Workplace Violence

EEOC Roundup: July 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

9/4/2014 - Age Discrimination Discrimination EEOC Employee Rights National Origin Discrimination Pregnancy Discrimination Racial Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Antitrust Enforcement Set for Record Year of Fines

Global antitrust enforcement is on pace to set record-level fines in 2014, as the Antitrust Division (Division) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the European Commission (EC) undertake particularly aggressive...more

8/28/2014 - Antitrust Litigation Corporate Criminal Fines DOJ Enforcement Enforcement Actions European Commission Fines Multinationals

Occupational Fraud Costs Global Businesses an Estimated $3.7 Trillion

Organizations lose approximately five percent of their revenue each year to internal theft and fraud, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners' (ACFE) recent Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and...more

8/25/2014 - Financial Statements Fraud Internal Investigations Misappropriation Theft

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

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