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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: recent developments with regard to a major Alien Tort Statute...more

European Court of Human Rights Issues Decision on Monitoring of Employee’s Internet Use

In a Barbulescu v. Romania, a decision issued on January 12, 2016, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling interpreting the right to privacy under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights in the...more

Russian law on the priority of the RF Constitution over resolutions of intergovernmental human rights bodies

On 15 December 2015, Federal Constitutional Law No. 7-FKZ dated 14 December 2015 "On amendments to the Federal Constitutional Law 'On the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation'" (the "Law") prepared pursuant to...more

Africa Update - January 2016 #4

Leading the News - Burundi - On January 22nd, during a visit to Bujumbura, the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council met with Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to advocate for peace talks and the deployment of...more

Human Rights Watch issues report on debt buyers

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) titled “Rubber Stamp Justice—US Courts, Debt Buying Corporations, and the Poor” is likely to find readers at the CFPB, which is expected to move closer early this year to...more

Human Rights Expectations for the Banking Sector: A New Report from Foley Hoag and UNEP FI

Attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) practice and the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”) recently collaborated on a report analyzing the implications of the U.N. Guiding...more

Employers Can Read Employees’ Private Messages

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favor of the employer in a case concerning a Romanian sales engineer whose employment was terminated following discovery by his employer that he was sending private...more

New York State Division of Human Rights Adopts Regulations Prohibiting Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

As we reported in a blog post last month, although neither the federal nor state law expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, Governor Cuomo bypassed the legislative process and urged...more

"US Economic Sanctions: New List-Based Programs"

While economic sanctions against Iran, Russia and Cuba have dominated the headlines over the past year, sanctions remain a dynamic component of U.S. foreign policy on other fronts. In 2015, President Barack Obama issued three...more

No Right to Privacy in the Workplace?

Last week the European Court of Human Rights held in Barbulescu v Romania (Application no. 61496/08) that there was no breach of the right to privacy where an employer searched the contents of an employee's instant messaging...more

Employment Law - January 2016

Does The ADEA Permit Disparate Impact Suits by Applicants? Eleventh Circuit Says Yes - Why it matters - The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals created a circuit split with a decision that the Age Discrimination in...more

New York City Human Rights Law Amended, Expanding Protection to “Caregivers”

On January 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill amending the New York City Human Rights Law to extend non-discrimination protections to “caregivers.” The law will now allow employees to sue employers on...more

EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang Delivers Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat...

The EEOC has made it a national strategic priority to protect victims of trafficking. Often when employers and their agents engage in labor trafficking, they may also be violating anti-discrimination laws. Laws enforced...more

Intrusive Surveillance Technologies next on the agenda for the EDPS

In an Opinion and press release issued 15 December 2015, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Giovanni Buttarelli, urged caution over the trade and use of covert monitoring technologies. The Opinion focussed on...more

Legal Trends: Employment & Labour

In the past year, the media and governments across Canada have paid greater attention to workplace discrimination and harassment. In Ontario, for example, the government introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #3

Leading the News - Libya: On December 11th, the new United Nations (U.N.) Special Representative for Libya Martin Kobler announced the parties to the country’s political dialogue process reached an agreement to...more

Africa Update - December 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya - On December 4th, international media reported that French military aircraft have flown reconnaissance and intelligence missions over Libya, including areas controlled by the Islamic State...more

Corruption’s Impact on the Rule of Law & Security: Moving from the Vicious to the Virtuous

No country is free from the risk of corruption, but from Ukraine to Afghanistan, from Nigeria to Iraq, the tide is turning on the acceptance of corruption as a benign issue that ‘greases the wheels of bureaucracy.’ Rather,...more

Africa Update - December 2015

Leading the News - Nigeria: On December 1st, the United Nations (U.N.) reported nearly 450 schools have reopened in Borno state, Nigeria since October after being closed for more than 18 months following the Boko...more

Cuba’s telecommunications industry and Miami’s expanding Silicon Beach

The social and familial ties Miami has to Latin America are well known. What may be less obvious are its network connections. Miami is ranked as one of the top-five most connected cities in the world. Miami’s growing...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #3

Leading the News - Egypt: On November 12th, officials at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) noted while they had offered assistance to both Egyptian...more

Everything You Need to Know About New York's New FCA Guidance

As we previously reported, New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect on October 27, 2015. On November 5, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued long-anticipated guidance...more

Africa Update - November 2015 #2

Leading the News: Egypt - On November 5th, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his belief it was possible there was a bomb on board the Russian passenger jet that went down in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last week....more

New Employer Duties under Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan

Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2015 (Bill) contemplates amendments to six pieces of legislation, including Ontario’s...more

Africa Update - November 2015

Leading the News - Egypt: On October 31st, a Russian jet carrying 217 passengers and seven crew members crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all people on board. While the cause of the crash was not...more

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