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Media Company Charged with Frat House Atmosphere in Sexual Harassment Suit

A nationwide media company is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming the "adult frat house" culture of its southern California office contributed to multiple instances of sexual harassment by male employees against female…more
| Civil Rights, Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law

Fifth Circuit Rules Revealing Whistleblower's Identity Is Materially Adverse Action

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a notice revealing a whistleblower's identity to other employees can be considered a "materially adverse" action and violates the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The court…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

FTC Head Claims Antitrust Enforcement Supports Affordable Care Act

Edith Ramirez, head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), recently defended antitrust enforcement efforts in the healthcare industry against claims that such regulation undermines efforts to contain costs through provider…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Health

EEOC to Offer Guidance on Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced it will soon issue guidance on EEOC compliance when encouraging employees to participate in employer-sponsored wellness programs. The guidance — to be…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Health

Cosmetics Giant Puts Up $135 Million for FCPA Violations

The Chinese subsidiary of a major U.S. cosmetics company recently pleaded guilty to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and agreed to pay $67.7 million to settle criminal charges with the Department of Justice…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, International Law & Trade

IT Maintenance Crucial for HIPAA Compliance

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced an agreement with a medical center to settle charges stemming from the center’s failure to prevent malware from infecting its…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Court of Appeals Deals Blow to Government's Insider Trading Program

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently dealt a harsh blow to the government's insider trading program with a ruling that limits the range of those who can be charged with insider trading violations. In vacating the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

Every Employer Faces BYOD Risks, Even Those Who Don't Allow It

Bring your own device (BYOD) policies have become an established business practice, with over half of the respondents in a recent survey reporting they are permitted to access corporate information and services with their…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

No Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions Means HIPAA Certificates No Longer Required

Earlier this year, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and revising the requirements of other healthcare laws and regulations…more
| Privacy, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Denies Workers Compensation for Security Screenings

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously agreed that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not entitle employees to compensation for time spent going through mandatory security checks at the end of their work…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Roundup: November 2014

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

FCPA Conference Offers Insights for More Effective Compliance

Agency officials, attorneys and compliance professionals recently gathered to discuss the latest trends and developments in anti-corruption compliance at the American Conference Institute’s annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

OFCCP Seeks Comments on Final Rule Prohibiting LGBT Discrimination

On December 3, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced its Final Rule implementing Executive Order (EO) 13672 prohibiting federal government contractors and subcontractors from discriminating…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

DOJ Recovers Nearly $6 Billion under False Claims Act in 2014

The Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in the fiscal year ending September 30. This marks the first year the DOJ recovered more…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Government Contracting

FBI Issues Alert Following Unprecedented Malware Attack against U.S. Company

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned U.S. businesses to be alert for a malicious software bug capable of erasing hard drives and crashing networks. Although not specifically mentioned, cybersecurity…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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