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European Court Says Employers Cannot Monitor Employees' Personal Email Sent on Company Servers

The European Union has taken a substantially different approach than the United States to employee online privacy rights. Upcoming ePrivacy regulations promise to limit employers’ ability to monitor employee electronic...more

Expanded Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions; Top 10 Takeaways (Japanese Translation)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Trump signs the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which — among other measures — requires Congressional review to ease Russia-related sanctions. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President...more

Arbitration: a new forum for business and human rights disputes?

by Hogan Lovells on

As the international community turns its focus to the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – “Access to Effective Remedy” is the central theme of the upcoming 2017 UN Forum on Business and...more

The European Court of Human Rights sets out criteria for lawful monitoring of employees

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On 5 September 2017, in the case of Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08), the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights reversed a First Chamber decision and found that the Romanian courts, in reviewing...more

The responsibility to respect human rights in the banking sector

by Hogan Lovells on

The question of how the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) should apply to the banking and financial services sector is one that is attracting increasing attention. Indeed, the dialogue has intensified...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - Sept 2017

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: a new report from the U.N. Working Group on Business and Human...more

CSDE Provides Guidance, FAQs on Civil Rights Protections and Supports for Transgender Students

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In light of the Trump administration’s rescission of 2016 federal guidance from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education concerning school district obligations to transgender and gender nonconforming students, on...more

US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Government Securities

by Dechert LLP on

The United States announced new sanctions against the Venezuelan Government on August 25, 2017 that target the government’s ability to access U.S. debt and equity markets. The measures are intended to pressure Venezuelan...more

No Child Should be Stateless in Austria

by DLA Piper on

Since 1948, the United Nations and other international bodies have adopted resolutions and conventions highlighting the importance of preventing and eliminating statelessness. Despite recognising that every person should have...more

Proposed Dutch Legislation on Child Labor Due Diligence: What You Need to Know

On February 7, the Dutch Parliament adopted a bill that would require companies to conduct due diligence as to whether child labor is occurring in their own operations or in their supply chains....more

Business and Human Rights in Africa – 5 things we can learn from the Ugandan business community

by Hogan Lovells on

In Uganda, the business community, government and civil society groups are coming together to strengthen the protection of human rights. On Friday 18 August, we had the privilege of addressing a group of Ugandan business...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - August 2017

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 Government of Australia that it will move...more

The French Duty of Vigilance Law: What You Need to Know

As previously noted, on February 21, 2017, the French National Assembly adopted a law establishing a “duty of vigilance” for large multinational firms carrying out all or part of their activity in France. In a subsequent...more

US Enacts “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” Expanding Its Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Programs

by White & Case LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," providing a number of new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. The President also issued a signing...more

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

Paths to social risk reform for the Hong Kong financial markets

by DLA Piper on

The Asia-Pacific business environment is rife with social risk, manifested as human trafficking, forced labour, modern day slavery, child labour, safety and work environment issues, and other labour rights violations. In the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #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: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

Gender Identity Not Covered By Missouri Human Rights Act, Court Says

Last week, the Missouri Court of Appeals issued an opinion holding that gender identity is not covered by the prohibition on sex discrimination in the Missouri Human Rights Act. The opinion builds on a 2015 opinion from the...more

India Adopts New Disability Law Regime

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Government of India has instituted a new disability law regime with enactment of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, and Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. The new disability law regime is...more

Key Consideration for In-House Counsel: Reviewing Domestic Law Against International Human Rights Standards

In reviewing your current operating locations, do you know the extent to which domestic law is protective of human rights? Is there a disconnect between your company’s stated commitment to respect human rights and the due...more

FDA Issues New Guidance on IRB Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent for Minimal Risk Clinical Investigations

As July comes to an end, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA or agency) has issued a new guidance document for “immediate implementation” entitled “IRB Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent for Clinical Investigations...more

U.S. Announces Updates to Iran-Russia Sanctions Bill

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Trump administration announced new sanctions against entities and individuals with ties to Iran. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of the Treasury have listed 18 entities...more

Spotlight on childhood statelessness in Austria

by DLA Piper on

This week at a launch event in Vienna, DLA Piper, Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) will publish a report that sheds light on the issue of childhood statelessness in Austria. Following...more

New guidance for lawyers advising businesses on human rights risks

by DLA Piper on

On 17 July 2017, the International Bar Association Legal Policy and Research Unit (LPRU) released a Handbook for Lawyers on Business and Human Rights to provide guidance for business lawyers and their corporate clients on how...more

HRLA panel discusses growing significance of commercial human rights post-Brexit

by Hogan Lovells on

Before a central London audience earlier this month, Charles Brasted, partner and head of public law and policy at Hogan Lovells, and leading QCs Tim Ward, Jessica Simor and Gerry Facenna reflected on the likely impact of the...more

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