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Africa Update - November 2015 #3

Leading the News - Egypt: On November 12th, officials at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted while they had offered assistance to both Egyptian...more

Everything You Need to Know About New York's New FCA Guidance

As we previously reported, New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect on October 27, 2015. On November 5, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued long-anticipated guidance...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #2

Leading the News: Egypt - On November 5th, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his belief it was possible there was a bomb on board the Russian passenger jet that went down in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last week....more

New Employer Duties under Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan

Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 (Bill) contemplates amendments to six pieces of legislation, including Ontario’s...more

Africa Update - November 2015

Leading the News - Egypt: On October 31st, a Russian jet carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all people on board. While the cause of the crash was not...more

U.K. Modern Slavery Act: Five Things You Need to Know

The transparency provisions of the U.K. Modern Slavery Act went into effect on October 29. At the same time, the U.K. Government has released guidance for companies seeking to comply with the Act....more

Africa Update - October 2015 #4

Leading the News - Tanzania: On October 25th, voters in Tanzania went to the polls to vote for a candidate to replace outgoing President Jakaya Kikwete, who was unable to run for a third term under the country’s...more

New York Expands Discrimination Protections Against Workplace Gender Bias

On October 21, 2015, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a number of bills, which cumulatively expand protections against gender discrimination, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and human trafficking. This...more

Government publishes guidance on the reporting obligation in the Modern Slavery Act

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act (MSA) requires certain businesses to publish an annual statement explaining what steps they are taking to ensure there is no modern slavery within their own business and their supply...more

Managing Legal and Reputational Risks in an Era of Enhanced Transparency

Companies face a range of new requirements and expectations calling for enhanced transparency regarding human rights-related risks in connection with their operations. Responsible compliance with both mandatory requirements...more

Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Transgender Discrimination in New York State

On October 23, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo (“Governor Cuomo”) exercised his executive power to expand the New York State Human Right Law to include protections for transgender individuals. The announcement came during the...more

Appeals Court Rules Sexual Orientation Not Covered by the Missouri Human Rights Act

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, ruled today that the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Accordingly, it affirmed dismissal of a former employee’s...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #3

On October 17th, members of the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council urged all Libyan parties to endorse and sign the recently finalized political agreement for the creation of a Government of National Accord. The Security...more

New York City Severely Limits Employers' Right to Background Checks - Recent Legislation "Bans the Box" and Forbids Credit Checks...

Employers in New York City (NYC) now face restrictions on the types of information they can seek about prospective employees, either through job applications, interviews, independent research or background checks. This is due...more

When is an Employee’s Disability a Factor in his Dismissal?

On June 30, 2015, the Court of Appeal of Alberta released its decision in Stewart v Elk Valley Coal Corporation, 2015 ABCA 225 (“Stewart”) and clarifying what constitutes discrimination. In Stewart, the employer...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2015

It’s Friday and time for our latest overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes notice of several new lawsuits regarding human rights concerns...more

California Laws Are Being Used to Advance Human Rights Claims Based on Global Supply Chain Activities

Recent class actions have claimed that companies have violated California consumer fraud and unfair competition laws resulting from alleged forced labor in their global supply chains.  These state law claims argue that...more

SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

Africa Update - October 2015

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On October 1st, authorities in Burkina Faso said General Gilbert Diendere, the leader behind a recent coup attempt in the country, was in the custody of security forces. According to...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is an effort by the government to end all forms of labour exploitation. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation and increase transparency of labour...more

The Collection of Passenger Data - Draft Directive Back on Schedule

The EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) Directive has had a turbulent ride: it was first proposed in 2011, rejected in 2013 by the Civil Liberties Committee and discussions suspended a year later. It was then revived in the...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

The Fair Chance Act And Stop Credit Discrimination In Employment Act--New Interpretations From The NYCCHR

Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed two laws which place limitations on an employer’s ability to use background checks including credit checks (otherwise known as consumer reports) in employment decisions: the...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #5

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 25th, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council issued a statement welcoming the reinstatement of President Michel Kafando and the transitional authorities of Burkina...more

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