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OSHA Fines May Increase More Than 80% In 2016

The recent budget Congress passed included a provision that allows the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to raise its fines, which has not been adjusted since 1990....more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Poland

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Upon a transfer of (or part of) an undertaking to another employer, employees are automatically transferred thereto. Consequently, the...more

June 29, 2015 Amendments to Article 183 of the Russian Criminal Code: Increased Liability for Disclosure of Trade Secrets in...

While Russia has long protected trade secrets through the Federal Law on Information, Information Technologies and Information Protection and the Trade Secret Law, amendments to the Russian Criminal Code on June 29, 2015 now...more

OSHA Fines to Increase Dramatically

For the first time in 25 years, OSHA fines likely will be increasing. The change will take effect no later than August 1, 2016, and each year thereafter. A relatively obscure provision in the 2015 budget bill passed by...more

OSHA Penalties – After 25 Years There Will be an Increase

The new two-year bipartisan budget, signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, allows (in fact requires) OSHA to raise its citation penalties for the first time in 25 years. Since 1990, OSHA has been one of only three...more

The FAA (Re)Acts: Drone Registration, a Federal Task Force, and Hefty Fines

On October 19, 2015, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced a plan to require unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV or “drone”) users to register...more

Focus on China - October 2015

Welcome to the third issue of Focus on China Compliance for 2015. According to the FCPA Blog’s October 2015 Corporate Investigations List, China leads the countries reported to be involved in FCPA investigations with 29...more

Quick Guide to Trade Secrets

An overview of trade secrets, the critical business information that provides companies with a competitive edge. What are Trade Secrets? - Technical Information - Product formulas - Product designs ...more

No Matter Where You Go, There You Are: How Employee Movements Cause Major E-Discovery Risk

We lose things. Keys, phones, remotes. When I was a kid, if I told my mom that I couldn’t find something, she’d reply, “If I go in your room and find it, you’ll be in big trouble,” so I’d rush back in and look everywhere...more

New Abu Dhabi Real Estate Law - Abu Dhabi Law No 3 of 2015 Concerning the Regulation of the Real Estate Sector in the Emirate of...

The long-awaited real estate law aimed at regulating the real estate industry in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has been released amid much enthusiasm with industry participants hoping it will give impetus to the real estate...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #3

Regulatory Developments: FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Relating to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults - On Oct. 15 FINRA published Regulatory Notice 15-37, requesting comment on proposed amendments to...more

The Truth Will Set (And Keep You) Free - Making False Statements to an OSHA Inspector Can Result in Criminal Charges

On April 6, 2015, the United States Department of Justice charged a roofing contractor doing business in Alabama with making false statements and lying to OSHA inspectors in connection with an incident investigation at one of...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Greece

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? Directive 98/50/EC relating to the safeguarding of employees rights in the event of transfers of undertakings, businesses or parts of...more

Directors in the Twilight Zone: Administ(rate) With Caution

The recent criminal charges being brought against the former directors of City Link Limited (in administration) are a timely reminder for insolvency practitioners and directors to be mindful of their employment law...more

UK courts get tough on environmental crime: sentencing of environmental offences committed by large companies

There is a widely held belief that environmental laws in the UK are toothless in practice because enforcement authorities are under resourced and typical levels of fines and penalties imposed are far too low. This view...more

New Maine Social Media Privacy Law Takes Effect October 15, 2015

Maine has become the latest state to restrict employers’ ability to access social media accounts of employees and applicants. A new Maine statute, which will go into effect on October 15, 2015, prohibits a broad range of...more

The Meritas Guide To Employment Law On A Business Sale In Europe, Middle East And Africa - April 2015: Czech Republic

1. DO EMPLOYEES AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER TO THE BUYER WHEN A BUSINESS IS SOLD? In accordance with the Czech Labour Code, it is only permissable to change the rights and duties owed under an employment relationship by...more

Human Rights Commission to New York City Employers: Be Wary of Consulting Credit Histories

Businesses operating in New York City may already be aware that the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (read the full text here), which took effect on September 3, 2015, generally prohibits employers from...more

SEC Issues Second Round of Municipal Disclosure Settlements

On September 30, the SEC issued its second round of mass settled actions over municipal securities disclosure issues, as part of its Municipal Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative. In this round, 22 municipal...more

Huge fine of nearly U.S. $2 million levied on Mexican bank after data breach

In early September, Mexico’s data protection authority, the National Transparency, Information Access and Data Protection Institute (INAI), issued a fine of 32 million pesos (U.S. $1.95 million) to Mexican bank Grupo...more

IRS Seeks Identities of Americans with Undisclosed Belize Bank Accounts

Americans with secret accounts in Belize should take notice: the government is looking for you. The U.S. Department of Justice on September 15 filed a petition in federal court in Miami seeking permission to issue summonses...more

DOJ Revises the FCPA Resource Guide

In June 2015, the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published revisions to their jointly issued A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The Resource Guide, initially...more

More fines to come in Germany? Service provider engagements are under increased scrutiny.

Following a significant fine against the parties to an asset acquisition for illegally transferring customer information, the Bavarian Data Protection Supervisory Authority (Bavarian DPA) announced on August, 20, 2015 that it...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement.

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

FCC Issues $2.96 Million Fine for Robocalling Violations

Last week, the FCC issued its self-described “largest forfeiture order” to date for robocalling violations. The Commission announced the $2.96 million fine against a travel company based in Tampa, Florida, and its owner, for...more

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