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Conflict of interest policy unlawful for stifling labor rights

In March of this year, General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a memo on employee handbooks and the legality of certain types of employer rules. The memo highlighted some recent cases and stressed the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Former executive sentenced to 18 months in prison, $500,000 fine for insider trading

A former executive who pleaded guilty to insider trading was sentenced to a year and a half in prison and a $500,000 fine. The sentencing occurred on June 26, 2015, the defendant having pleaded guilty last July. In addition to…more
| Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Employee was fired for violating employer’s “no pregnancy” policy

Pregnancy discrimination lawsuits often come down to questions of whether the employer knew the employee was pregnant, and if so, whether the action taken against the employee was truly tied to the employee’s pregnancy. But, in…more
| Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

OIG Guidance Addresses Compliance Risks of Emerging Trends in the Healthcare Industry

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (OIG) recently released new compliance guidance to help healthcare governing boards, attorneys, compliance officers and internal auditors…more
| Health

FINRA fines investment firms for supervisory failures

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined two investment firms for failing to exercise proper regulation over third-party money transfers. The companies were fined $650,000 and $300,000 respectively, but…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Canada Continues Aggressive CFPOA Enforcement in Battle against Corruption

The first half of 2015 saw Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continue to employ the stronger enforcement measures and stiffer penalties secured with the 2013 amendments to Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

US Supreme Court: Same-Sex Couples Have Constitutional Right to Marry

The gay rights movement saw decades of litigation and activism culminate in victory when the Supreme Court made the United States the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Unlike its 2013 decision in United…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law

Social Media Offers Benefits, Compliance Challenges

With the rise of social media, compliance departments are facing a slew of new challenges. Indeed, social media use is growing at a markedly fast rate among companies, and its benefits are multi-faceted for a company’s image and…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

DOL and FAR Council Offer Guidance on Implementation of Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

Contractors and subcontractors that do business with the federal government are subject to fair pay and equal opportunity requirements under the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. In 2014, President Barack Obama…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

SEC Settles With Olympic Sponsor Over Potentially Corrupt Hospitality Program

A global resources company was fined $25 million for practises related to its sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The fine was part of a settlement agreement reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC)…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

SEC probes US Banks for Mexican Drug Cartel Ties

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating two prominent US banks for ties to Mexican drug cartels. Reuters has reported that the SEC is conducting a sweep of the brokerage industry to ensure compliance…more
| Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

US employers should prepare for new overtime pay regulations

Legal compliance can keep employers on their toes when the government and courts are continually changing laws and their interpretation. Yet, like most other areas of law, employment law is ever-changing and progressing to keep…more
| Labor & Employment Law

US Employers Face New California Family Rights Requirements in July

California employers have until July 1 to revise their policies and practices, train employees and distribute notices under the new amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). Similar to the federal Family and Medical…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Enforcement of South Africa’s stringent Data Protection Law on the way

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) became an Act of Parliament in 2013 and imposes strict requirements on companies for protecting and processing personal information. Yet, full implementation…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Minimizing Losses Through Business Continuity Planning

Economists have estimated that the blizzard that essentially shut down New York City this past January cost the U.S. more than a billion dollars. These losses come from a variety of sources, including loss of consumerism, loss…more
| Business Organizations, Labor & Employment Law
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