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The U.S. Issues a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On December 16, 2016, the United States launched a National Action Plan (the “U.S. NAP”) on Responsible Business Conduct. The U.S. NAP seeks to operationalize the government’s role in encouraging responsible business conduct...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: updates on litigation in the Doe v. Nestle case; a private...more

N.Y. Appellate Court Scopes Out Liability: Using Criminal Convictions in Employment

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals’ ruling on questions regarding the use of criminal convictions in hiring will impact employers and may impact the background screening industry, the temporary staffing...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

International developments on modern slavery

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 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: IHRB’s annual list of the Top 10 business and human rights issues...more

Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims...more

U.S. Government to Release Its National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On Friday, December 16, the Government of the United States will release its long-awaited National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. ...more

Proposed French Law Would Impose New Due Diligence Obligations on Certain Employers and Their Supply Chains

On November 29, 2016, France’s National Assembly adopted the text of a bill (the “Bill”) that, if enacted, would create new due diligence obligations for large French companies regarding their subsidiaries’ and supply chain...more

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

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: new reports on the corporate responsibility to respect human...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

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