Human Rights Compliance

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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

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

Creed and Association: Breach of Human Rights Leads to Harsh Penalties

The decision in H.T. v ES Holdings Inc. o/a Country Herbs (“Country Herbs”) 2015 HRTO 1067 (CanLII) (“Country Herbs”) serves as a reminder to employers of the significant liability that they face when a claim of...more

The Advent of Privately Developed Corporate Human Rights Reporting Frameworks

In response to the increasing global awareness that companies need to evaluate the effects their operations have on human rights, private entities and organizations have developed arguably competing guidance to achieve that...more

Non-Compliance with Human Rights Obligations Poses New Legal Risks for UK Companies

An overview of recent developments in UK law regarding business and human rights - The UK government has launched a new action plan on business and human rights that is designed to implement the UN’s Guiding Principles...more

China Strengthens Oversight of Human Subjects Research

On July 15, 2013, China National Health and Family Planning Commission (the “Commission”) published the draft Administrative Measures on Medical Research Involving Human Subjects (the “Draft Measures”) and is seeking public...more

The Anti-Corruption Movement And Human Rights

The growing global battle against corruption is finding increasing influence by promoting the link between corruption and human rights. ...more

New York City Council Passes Paid Medical Leave Effective April 2014

On June 26, 2013, New York’s City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto and adopted the “Earned Sick Time Act,” making New York City the largest municipality in the country requiring employers to provide paid...more

New Charter Outlines Concrete Steps to Implement the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Contractors

The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers’ Association recently published its Charter. This marks a critical step in the establishment of oversight and governance processes to operationalize the...more

Due Diligence on Human Rights? Consider Consulting Your FPCA Counsel.

Human rights due diligence requires many of the hallmarks of existing corporate compliance programs: clear policies; assessments of risk; and the integration of strong standards into corporate management systems. This...more

Anti-Discrimination Reforms: The Proposed Harmonisation of Anti-Discrimination Laws

The Federal Government has released an exposure draft for a new Anti-Discrimination Bill, which proposes to harmonise, into a single statute, the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination laws and the Australian Human Rights...more

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