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Social Risk Assessment: China Raises Its Game

Until recently, it was not uncommon for Chinese companies to be invoked as bogeymen in certain circles. The narrative went something like this...more

Sister Companies May Be a “Single Employer” Under Title VII

Businesses that have a common owner naturally bear some similarities. But such similarities normally are insufficient to make them a "single employer" under Title VII. However, EEOC v. Moreland Auto Group, LLLP, is a recent...more

Weekly Law Resume - November 1, 2012: Will The Weight of Senate Bill 1038 Fall On The Shoulders of Employers?

On June 27, 2012, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 1038 (“SB 1038”), which eliminates the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (“FEHC”) and transfers its duties to the Department of Fair Employment and...more

CWP 14597 of 2007

Judgement - Hookah/ Sheesha Bar Case

Putting an end to the abuse of Nicotine, thriving across Punjab and Haryana in the name of serving Hookah/ Sheesha/ Water-Pipe, the Punjab and Haryana High court has ordered closure of all such outlets besides creation of a...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Supply Chain

With an effective corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy that adequately addresses supply chain issues, a company can better manage legal, reputational and economic risks. A company risks legal, reputational and...more

Human Rights Due Diligence – An Emerging Requirement in State and Federal Legislation

Two years ago, in October 2010, I published a post, Human Rights Due Diligence and the Corporate Lawyer, that addressed the need for corporate counsel to assess stakeholder expectations that companies should be accountable...more

Leverage and the Management of Adverse Human Rights Impacts

One of the challenges for companies seeking to manage the adverse human rights impacts of their operations is how to deal with impacts that are most directly tied to business partners, suppliers, and even governments....more

Human Rights Tribunal Has No Jurisdiction to Hear Equity Partner’s Human Rights Complaint in British Columbia

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has unanimously held that the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal did not have jurisdiction under the BC Human Rights Code to hear an age discrimination complaint filed by a lawyer...more

Human Rights Due Diligence and Operations in Burma (Myanmar)

I recently published an op-ed in The Christian Science Monitor cautioning companies seeking to make investments in Burma (Myanmar) to make sure that the inflow of new investments does not end up harming the country's...more

Under FEHA, Partner Can Sue Partnership For Retaliating Against Her For Opposing Sexual Harassment of An Employee

Liability for prohibited “employment practices” under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) generally requires the existence of an employment relationship. In a discrimination case, for example, there must...more

Partner May State FEHA Claim Against Partnership For Retaliation For Opposing Sexual Harassment Of An Employee Of The Partnership

A California Court of Appeal recently held that the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) supports a partner’s claim for retaliation against her partnership for opposing sexual harassment of an employee of the...more

Townsend v. Benjamin Enterprises, Inc.

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling in Townsend v. Benjamin Enterprises, Inc.

Full text copy of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling affirming the liability of Benjamin Enterprises for sexual harassment by its vice president, whose role and responsibilities made him essentially a proxy...more

Gender Diversity on Boards: UK Corporate Governance Code to be Revised

The Financial Reporting Council (“FRC”) has recently published its response to a consultation on gender diversity on UK boards and concluded that two changes should be made to the UK Corporate Governance Code (“Code”) (the...more

Accessibility for Condo Residents - AODA

Condo buyers with disabilities are having difficulty finding suitable housing to meet their needs. Part of the problem is that the development industry has not been focusing on the special needs of persons who require...more

Florida Condominium Ombudsman

In 2004 the Office of the Condominium Ombudsman was set up in Florida as a resource for owners, boards and condominium associations. The Ombudsman's office has varied responsibilities: 1. preparation of educational and...more

Condo Accessibility- New Standards

The clock is ticking for condominium buildings: beginning January 1, 2012, private sector organizations in Ontario will be required to comply with the first of five standards to be developed under the Accessibility for...more

A Question That You May Want To Add To Your Investor Suitability Questionnaire

Issuers typically use investor suitability questionnaires to elicit information from potential investors in order to substantiate exemptions under federal and/or state securities laws. For example, issuers will often ask...more

Are ANCSA Corporations subject to GINA?

In November 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued its final regulations governing Title II of the Genetic Information Nondisclosure Act (GINA) (Title II establishes GINA’s employment-related...more

Health Headlines - April 11, 2011

In This Issue: - Rates of Hospital-Acquired Conditions Available on CMS’s Hospital Compare Website - District Court Rejects Constitutional Challenges to PPACA Brought By Physician Owned Hospitals - HHS...more

Corporate Director Registry Bill Introduced

California Corporations Code § 318 has been on the books since 1993, Cal Stats. 1993, c. 508. That section required the Secretary of State to develop and maintain a registry of “distinguished women and minorities” who are...more

PRE PAID LEGAL LEGACY

The legend goes that Harland Stonecipher, the founder of Pre-Paid Legal Services, was involved in a car wreck way back in July 1969. Stonecipher had no legal coverage or protection from the legal bills that began to pile up....more

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