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Human Rights Compliance

Using a Human Rights Lens to Strengthen Your Anti-Corruption Compliance Program

Companies are increasingly expected to manage the human rights impacts of their activities. This expectation is embedded in new legislative requirements, in the requirements of business partners and investors, and in the...more

Modern Slavery – An Update

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

26 March 2017 marked two years since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As the signature legislation of the then Home Secretary (Theresa May – now Prime Minister), it heralded greater focus on an issue that...more

The Supreme Court Considers Whether Companies Can Be on the Hook for Human Rights Violations Under the Alien Tort Statute

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to address the question of whether companies can be liable in federal court for human rights violations under a 1789 law. Most appeals courts that have considered this question found...more

Hot Topics in Supply Chain Compliance

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The last few years have seen a proliferation of new supply chain-focused regulations and other compliance obligations, a trend which isn’t likely to abate any time soon. In this Alert, we provide an overview of selected...more

Gluten Free Compliance

This past November, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sean Freidlin, Marketing Manager of Compliance & Ethics at SAI Global, www.saiglobal.com  at The Little Beet Restaurant in NYC, to discuss my history with...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and Compliance: A Functional Convergence

This is the first in a series of posts reflecting excerpts from a chapter that I authored on corporate social responsibility (“CSR”) for the Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook. Originally published in Wolters Kluwer on...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

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

by Dentons on

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

by Littler on

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

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

by Michael Volkov on

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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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