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H.R. 3226: New Bill Calls for Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery in Corporate Supply Chains

In late July, Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 3226, the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015. The bill, if passed, would require companies to file annual reports with...more

Senate Approves Auto Industry Whistleblower Bill

Under the “Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act” (the Bill), which the U.S. Senate approved on April 28, 2015, whistleblower protections and bounties would be available to individuals who report motor vehicle defects. In...more

New York City Council Passes Ground-Breaking Legislation Limiting the Use of Credit Checks in Employment

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council, by a vote of 47-3, approved legislation that would prohibit the use of credit checks in employment decisions except in limited circumstances. The bill, which is expected to be...more

China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is...more

The Sky Was Falling Legislative Update February 2015

This week in Raleigh the sky was falling! – well it was snowing! The news in Raleigh was dominated by snow and ice and skeleton sessions and empty calendars. However there were a few items of interest: Fee...more

Don't get Scrooged: Remember to Follow Holiday Ethics Rules

'Tis the season for holiday cheer, but before you grab that cookie or accept a holiday gift, you should take a moment to contemplate whether it complies with applicable ethics rules. While this may cause you to say “bah,...more

Modern Slavery Bill in the United Kingdom Expected to Include Public Reporting Requirement

Earlier this month, the U.K. Home Office announced that a measure requiring public reporting by British companies would be included in the Modern Slavery Bill that is currently being considered by the House of Commons. The...more

Uganda Be Kiddin’ Me: United States Slaps On Sanctions in Response to Anti-Gay Law

Last month, the United States announced new sanctions against Uganda in response to human rights violations, targeted discrimination, and draconian criminal penalties. Specifically, on June 19, the Obama administration...more

The law regarding legal relations within Crimean peninsula has come into effect

On 27 April, the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Citizens' Rights and Freedoms on the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine" came into effect. The Law establishes the specifics of regulation of legal relations within the...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: -Leading the News -United States – Africa Relations -North Africa -East Africa -West Africa -Sub-Saharan Africa -General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: World...more

CFPB responds to letter from Senators raising concerns about auto fair lending guidance

The CFPB has responded to the October 30 letter it received from a bipartisan group of 22 U.S. Senators raising concerns about the fair lending auto finance bulletin issued by the CFPB this past March. The Senators’ letter...more

Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson support OCC and FDIC on deposit advances

A friend brought to my attention a two-page comment letter from Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bill Nelson, commenting on the OCC’s proposed deposit advance guidance, the subject of a prior blog....more

The Government on Combatting Human Trafficking: "We REALLY, REALLY Mean It"

Since 2005, federal contractors have been on notice that the Government has “zero tolerance” for any federal contractor found to be complicit in aiding human trafficking. For the past seven years, however, that “zero...more

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage Hike, Personnel Files Act and Unemployment Discrimination Bills Fail

The General Assembly finished its business for 2012 last night and although there was a last minute flurry of legislation, several bills that had been tracked by many employers came up short. •Senate Bill 79, which...more

California Employment Laws Taking Effect In 2012

California is at it again! Over the past few weeks Governor Jerry Brown signed several employment-related bills – some of which require employers of all sizes to update their policies and practices. Some of the new laws, most...more

NLRB UPDATE: Key Precedents Likely to Fall Under Liebman Board: Part VI

In February 2009, President Obama appointed long-time Board member Wilma Liebman as Chairperson of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As a member of the Bush-era Board under former Chairperson Robert Battista, Ms....more

Public Sector Bodies and the UK Equality Bill 2009

The Equality Bill 2009 UK public sector bodies should be mindful of the greater obligations to promote equality to which they will be subject under the proposed provisions of the Equality Bill 2009, which is expected to be...more

Airline Management Letter - May 15, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *President Nominates Highly Regarded Mediator for NMB Seat *Supreme Court will not Review ADA Claim of Sleeping Pilot *Federal Airline Deregulation Act Does not Pre-empt Aircraft Mechanic's Retaliation...more

Airline Management Letter - November 14, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Recent Election Results Will Likely Impact Airline Employers *ADA Amendments Act Takes Effect January 1, 2009 *Court Finds that Airline did not Discriminate Against Sleeping Instructor *NMB Rescinds...more

Hub City Solid Waste Services, Inc. v. City of Compton

Respondent's Brief on Appeal

This is a public corruption case arising from a violation of state conflict of interest laws governing the award of public contracts. After a multi-week trial, a unanimous jury concluded that appellants procured a fifteen...more

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