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Can You Keep A Secret? The European Union’s New Directive on Trade Secrets and its Impacts on Whistleblowers

It is no secret that the European Union’s (“EU”) Directive on Trade Secrets was a long time in the making. The Directive was first proposed in November 2013. After roughly two years of debate and revision, the revised...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - May 2015

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new private and public initiatives on recruitment fees, including...more

DOJ Civil Rights Division Underscores Risk of Discrimination Claims When Requesting Information from Applicants and Employees for...

On March 31, 2016, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) issued a technical assistance letter (TAL) that highlights the potential for employers to create discrimination claims inadvertently when requesting...more

DOJ Guidance on Navigating between a Rock – Export Controls – and a Hard Place – Employment Nondiscrimination

U.S. companies, particularly defense and other high-tech companies, have long faced challenges of how to comply with both the deemed export rule, which may require employment discrimination in very limited circumstances, and...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Exploring the Employment Law Implications of a ‘Brexit’

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom (UK) will hold an “in or out” referendum to decide whether it should remain a member of the European Union (EU). If the UK chooses to leave the 28-member European Union, one certain...more

Concerns on the New UK Whistleblower Rules

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) recently began rolling out new whistleblower rules, with which financial organisations will be required to comply. These rules have not...more

Restoring the Balance: Lessons from the Human Rights Appeal of Mihaly v Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of...

We had earlier provided clients with a brief summary of the Mihaly decision on January 27, 2016. This article is a follow-up and includes some of the top lessons for regulators and their legal counsel. When it comes to...more

Can You Hear The Whistle Blowing?: OECD Releases Report On Global Whistleblower Protections

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”), an international organization whose goal is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people across the world, recently...more

Understanding the Extraterritorial Scope of Title VII and the ADA for U.S. Employers

Many employers still grapple with the application of certain anti-discrimination laws — such as Title VII and the ADA — to non-U.S. citizen employees working in the United States and U.S. citizen employees working overseas. ...more

Workplace Bullying: What’s a Multinational Employer to Do?

Workplace bullying is increasingly acknowledged as a global issue, affecting most countries, professions, and workers. Although there is presently no law against workplace bullying in the United States, what about a US based...more

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ranks Large Companies' Human Rights Performance

In 2011, the United Nations adopted the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“UN Guiding Principles”), which provide non-binding guidelines on how employers should conduct their business activities to provide...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from February 15 – March 15, 2016. Greetings! Spring has sprung and the legislatures are back in full force and active on scores of new initiatives regulating a range of...more

Refugee Resettlement

On average, Canada approves approximately 10,000 refugee applications for permanent residence each year. Due to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Government of Canada announced last year that it would admit 25,000 Syrian...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the first reports published pursuant to the requirements of the...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #3

Leading the News - Republic of Congo - On March 20th, the Republic of Congo (ROC) held voting in a presidential election that was predicted to see President Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his three-decade rule....more

Focused Technologies fined $3.1 million for outsourcing to India

Focused Technologies Imaging Services (Focused Technologies) of Menands, New York was awarded a $3.45 million contract by the state of New York back in 2008 to digitize and scan records of background checks of 22 million...more

What You Need to Know About the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

On March 21, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (“CHRB”) released the methodology that it will use to rank 100 companies on their human rights performance as part of an initial pilot. The companies chosen for the pilot...more

New UK Whistleblower Rules: A Roadmap

Financial firms in the UK are grappling with new whistleblower requirements aimed at helping to prevent another financial crisis. And while many in the financial community are nervous about the new requirements, we believe...more

Africa Update - March 2016 #2

Leading the News - Cote d’Ivoire - On March 13th, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) gunmen armed with assault rifles stormed the beach hotels in Grand-Bassam, a region population with Ivoirian and Western...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Supply Chain Transparency

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is new legislation introduced in the UK with the intention of combatting slavery and human trafficking. Continuing the trend for legislation to have extra-territorial reach, as illustrated by the...more

Africa Update - March 2016

Leading the News - Somalia - On March 5th, the U.S. military, in self-defense and in defense of African Union (AU) Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) partners, conducted an airstrike against Raso Camp, a training facility...more

Human Trafficking and the Joint Employer Standard: Traps for the Unwary

Human trafficking is a growing problem in the United States and abroad. Although the common assumption is that human trafficking involves sex, it can also involve labor. According to the Office on Trafficking in Persons, a...more

Barbulescu v. Romania clarifies an employers' rights to monitor the contents of their employees' private electronic communications

On January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights ("ECtHR") delivered a judgement in Barbulescu v. Romania regarding the employers' right to access their employees' private communication. Following the judgement, a...more

The Costs of Workplace Bullying: Increasingly an Employer’s Duty of Care

Multinational employers know the importance of protecting against physical risks in the Workplace. Occupational health and safety legislation has for decades mandated that employers have a duty of care to provide a physically...more

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