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Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2014

In this issue: - EU Developments - German Developments - UK Developments - Us Developments - Excerpt from EU Developments - European Commission Proposes to Introduce Shareholder "Say...more

ICCA 2014. Does “Male, Pale, And Stale” Threaten The Legitimacy Of International Arbitration? Perhaps, But There’s No Clear Path...

On Monday, 7 April, at the 2014 ICCA Miami Conference, the international-arbitration community gathered to address the question, “Who are the arbitrators?” The answer, panel attendees were told, was “male, pale, and stale” –...more

CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion issues second annual report

The CFPB’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) has issued its second annual report to Congress covering the OMWI’s activities in 2013. The Dodd-Frank Act required the CFPB and various other federal agencies...more

Recent Diversity Mandates Impacting US Financial Regulators and Financial Institutions on Both Sides of the Atlantic

There has been no shortage of press coverage about the lack of employment diversity in the financial services sector. Now, both the US Congress and the European Union have taken action in an attempt to remedy historical...more

Religious Diversity + Intolerance = Trouble

Survey data and federal statistics suggest that employers and employees are becoming less tolerant and accommodating of religious differences. The trend, if borne out, will have important legal implications for employers,...more

2014 Trends: #7 Have Perceptions of Gender and Leadership Turned a Corner?

Our second post this week highlights the seventh trend from our whitepaper on the ethics and compliance trends to watch in 2014. We thought we’d pose this as a question because of the relatively quick shift in business...more

OSC Proposes Rule Amendments Regarding Disclosure of Women on Boards and in Senior Management

On January 16, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released proposed amendments to enhance the disclosure of boards’ gender diversity....more

"Does Leaning In Make Legal Sense for Employers? Definitely."

With employment discrimination charges at a 15-year high, employers are seeing a particular increase in claims brought by workers who are pregnant or caring for young children or aging parents. A 2010 report by the Center for...more

Diversity and Inclusion

On October 23, 2013, the Federal Agencies announced their “common standards” proposal, entitled Joint Standards for Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of Regulated Entities (“Proposal”). This is an Interagency...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 2 • January 23, 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: • Discussion and Analysis • News from the Americas • News from Asia and the Pacific • News from Europe • Global Regulators • US Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Women on Boards and in Senior Management- OSC Releases Proposed Amendments Regarding Incremental Disclosures of Corporate...

Women on Boards and in Senior Management - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has published for comment proposed amendments to Form 58-101F1 of National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance...more

Federal Financial Regulatory Agencies Poised to Implement Diversity Standards

Acting under a little-analyzed provision of the Dodd-Frank Act, six federal financial regulatory agencies recently published-joint proposed standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of the institutions they...more

Doing Deals like a Girl (& the Rewards of Open Corporate Culture)

It turns out girls may do deals better than boys. New research shows: the more women on corporate boards, the more successful their mergers and acquisitions. It is more nuanced than the flip title of my post suggests (yes,...more

OnRamp Fellowship Launches

My friend, fellow Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and occasional collaborator, Caren Ulrich Stacy, has launched a new initiative – the OnRamp Fellowship – with the goal of increasing gender diversity in law...more

CFPB seeking new members for Consumer Advisory Board and Credit Union/Community Bank Advisory Councils

The CFPB is seeking new members for its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), Credit Union Advisory Council (CUAC), and Community Bank Advisory Council (CBAC). In a notice published in today’s Federal Register, the CFPB asks...more

An Apple, an Orange and Maybe a Kiwi a Day Keeps the Activist Away (and Makes for a Stronger Board)

With proxy season just around the corner, I would be remiss if I did not (once again) remind Nominating and Governance Committees that it is time, and it is not too late, for you mix it up a little . . . or a lot. Think fruit...more

Diversity in Mediation

Mediation, as a form of dispute resolution, relies heavily on the mediator’s ability to recognize, comprehend and address the emotions and social cues of the parties involved. Without this understanding, there lies the...more

Push to Diversify Boards Picks Up Steam

In addition to heightened focus on director tenure, companies are facing increasing pressure to diversify their boards. The SEC requires companies to disclose whether and how the board or nominating committee considers...more

Federal Financial Regulators Extend Comment Period for Proposed Policy Statement on Assessing Diversity Policies and Practices of...

On December 19, six federal financial regulatory agencies announced that they are extending the comment period for their proposed policy statement for assessing diversity policies and practices of the institutions they...more

CFPB extends diversity standards proposal comment period

The CFPB has extended the period for filing comments on its proposed policy statement establishing standards for assessing the diversity policies and practices of regulated entities relating to employment and contracting with...more

Inclusion Is A Choice: How My Hindu Wedding Taught Me How To Promote Diversity

This past summer, I married my wife in a traditional Indian wedding. We were both born in America and it was important for us to have a wedding that not only celebrated our love for one another, but also celebrated our...more

Overcoming Diversity Challenges — Interview With Director Of Professional Development & Inclusion Michelle Wimes

Michelle P. Wimes, Esq. is the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins. She leads the firm’s efforts to attract, develop, and advance diverse attorneys in the firm’s 45 offices across the United...more

Twitter’s All-Male Board Fuels Debate over Leadership Diversity

Amid the optimism surrounding Twitter’s blockbuster IPO last week came a disappointing reflection on America’s progress (or lack thereof) in improving boardroom diversity....more

Courts Eye Employer "Look Policies" for Civil Rights Violations

“Look Policies” – policies intended to promote the company brand by recruiting and requiring employees that fit specific cultural or physical characteristics or restricting clothing accessories – are currently a hot topic at...more

Financial Regulatory Agencies Issue Proposed Joint Diversity Policy, as Required under Dodd-Frank

On Friday, October 25, 2013, the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the...more

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