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The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Sanctions Tool for Promoting U.S. Human Rights Agenda

Overview - After months of closed-door discussions, Congress this week released the text of the negotiated National Defense Reauthorization Act (“NDAA”) for appropriating defense funds in fiscal year 2017. Tucked deep...more

Modern Slavery Business Reporting: Beyond Compliance

A year after the introduction of the business reporting obligation in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 we take a look at the approach taken to statements to date and possible future developments in this area. Introduction...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

CHRO Acknowledges Faults with Case Assessment Review Process But A Fix May Be Hard

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel discussion sponsored by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Charles Krich, a Principal Attorney, also spoke and it was moderated by Deputy Director Cheryl...more

CHRO Informational Session for Attorneys Being Held Today

If you don’t have plans this afternoon, I recommend joining me over at a panel discussion at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities headquarters in downtown Hartford. There, the CHRO will be holding...more

Don’t Let Forced Labor and Bribery in Your Supply Chain Spoil the Holidays

The holiday retail season is an ideal time to check that forced labor and bribery—two top and interconnected supply-chain threats—do not undermine the success of your critical sales period. Not long ago, many in the...more

Business and Human Rights - Recent IBA Guidance for Lawyers

Lawyers must have the intersection of business and human rights at the front of their minds, and in-house counsel are no exception. Human rights risks transcend borders and industries, and may lead to bet-the-company...more

Five on Friday – Special Post-Election Edition

It’s Friday and time for an overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post is focused entirely on responses to the recent election of Donald Trump as the next...more

Arguing the business case for respecting human rights

The business case for respecting human rights is becoming increasingly evident. Not only does it fulfill a business’ responsibility to be an ethical actor in society, it is also an integral part of sound risk management, good...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the first annual report from the U.K. Anti-Slavery Commissioner;...more

Tackling Modern Slavery

Pressure on businesses to do more to address slavery is ramping-up. In July, the UK Prime Minister described slavery as ‘the greatest human rights issue of our time’. Today, 18 October, marks Anti-Slavery Day in the UK....more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: October 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an important decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia...more

Men without hardhats: where freedom of religion loses out to workplace safety

Freedom of religion and the duty to accommodate within the workplace context is a highly important issue in Québec given the discrimination provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as the Québec...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Illinois Becomes Seventh State to Expand Employment Rights to Domestic Workers

On August 21, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, amending four existing state employment laws so they will now apply to domestic workers. Effective January 1,...more

Modern slavery statements – ready, steady, publish?

For each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016, organisations with an annual turnover of at least £36 million are required, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), to publish a modern slavery statement. The Act...more

President Obama Pledges to Lift Myanmar Sanctions

On September 14, 2016, President Obama met with Myanmar’s leader, State Counsellor Daw Aung Suu Kyi, at the White House and announced the United States’ intent to remove economic sanctions against Myanmar (formerly known as...more

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

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an announcement by the International Criminal Court regarding the...more

Trend Continues In Alberta For Higher General Damages In Human Rights Awards

General damages awarded by human rights tribunals are intended to compensate for discrimination and to act as a deterrent. The Alberta Human Rights Act provides no statutory limit on how much general damages can be...more

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance From NY Court of Appeals on Scope of Liability for Discrimination Based on Criminal Conviction...

The Second Circuit has asked the New York Court of Appeals for guidance on the scope of liability for discrimination based on criminal conviction history under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law...more

B.C. and Canada Adopting Gender Identity and Gender Expression Human Rights Protections

Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of...more

Illinois Domestic Workers Now Guaranteed Certain Employment Rights

On August 12, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act (House Bill 1288) (the “Act”) on behalf of domestic workers employed in private homes or residences into law. With the passage...more

INTERPOL and China’s Sky Net anti-corruption investigation- can INTERPOL support China’s anti-corruption efforts while still...

One of my favorite adages is one that defense attorneys use in closing arguments when the government’s case contains some evidence of guilt, and some evidence of illegal police conduct...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

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