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SEC Looks to Increase Focus on Enforcement of FCPA Accounting Provisions

Government enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) typically involves both criminal charges pursued by the Department of Justice (DOJ), and civil charges from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Last…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

New Rulings Address BYOD Policies

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies are on the rise, meaning that an increasing number of employees are using their personal devices to access company servers. But, with the prevalence of a new employment trend inevitably…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

10 Tips for Avoiding Unpaid Intern Lawsuits

A television network recently agreed to pay $7.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by former interns claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state statutes. This represents one of the largest…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Workplace Discrimination Claims Drop to Lowest Levels in 7 Years

With the lowest monetary penalties since 1997, a 20% drop in settlement awards, half as many new suits filed and going 0-for-2 in jury trials, it may appear the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suffered significant…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Rules Employers Must Accommodate Pregnant Employees

In February, we discussed a case that was then before the Supreme Court in which the high court was to decide the question of whether federal law – primarily the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Pregnancy…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Roundup: February 2015

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
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Think Twice Before Disqualifying an Applicant Due to Criminal History

When hiring new employees, many factors are considered. This may include conducting a criminal background check. And, if a background check comes back showing a criminal history, employers may be tempted to simply throw that…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Health

New York Regulators Implement New Measures to Strengthen Cybersecurity in the Insurance Industry

The February 4, 2015 announcement of a data breach at a national health insurer highlighted the need for tighter cybersecurity measures in an industry entrusted with the security of large amounts of sensitive personal…more
| Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology

SCOTUS to Determine Who Holds Burden in Religious Accommodation Cases

A religious accommodation case that we previously touched on had its oral arguments heard before the Supreme Court on February 25, 2015. The case, which involves the issue of religious accommodation in the workplace, has the…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court Expands Whistleblower Protections

The Supreme Court has been showing a tendency towards increasing whistleblower protections. The most recent installment of this trend was a recently decided case in which the Court granted whistleblower status to an Air Marshal…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

New DOL Rules Incorporate Windsor to Extend FMLA Leave to LGBT Families

The Supreme Court's historic ruling in United States v. Windsor was a big win for advocates of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Declaring the federal government's restriction of marriage to heterosexual…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Critics Renew Call for FTC Guidelines on Unfair and Deceptive Practices

Companies and institutions hoping for clarification on how to protect themselves from potential antitrust claims or consumer fraud violations recently participated in a symposium sponsored by law firm Baker & Hostetler. The…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection

10 Tips for Fostering a Business Culture of Cybersecurity Awareness

Businesses are recognizing the need for new approaches to data security as high-profile cybersecurity incidents reveal the true impact a data breach can have on an organization. One of the biggest realizations is that IT…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Agencies Set to Release Final Dodd-Frank Diversity and Inclusion Rules

Even almost five years after its enactment, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act continues to add new features to the legal landscape. The most recent such regulation comes from Section 342 of the Act, entitled “Office of Minority and Women…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Finance & Banking

Congressional Hearing Highlights Concerns Over President's New Federal Contractor Reporting Requirements

Republicans and business groups continued to criticize the aggressive regulatory initiatives in President Obama's Executive Order 13673 (EO13673) at a recent House joint subcommittee meeting last month…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting
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