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New Executive Order Targeting Persons Responsible for the Situation in South Sudan

On April 3, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13664 (“EO 13664”) related to the situation in South Sudan and targeting those responsible for the conflict in that country. EO 13664 allows the United States to impose...more

Act Now Advisory: Unpaid Interns Now Afforded Same Discrimination Protections as Employees Under the New York City Human Rights...

On March 26, 2014, the New York City Council passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL"), giving unpaid interns the same anti-discrimination protections under the law as is available to employees. The...more

Judicial review suspends LME implementation of warehouse queue rule

Following a judicial review action brought by the Russian aluminium producer, United Company Rusal plc (“Rusal”), the English High Court has decided that the LME’s consultation in relation to the introduction of a rule aiming...more

Maine Human Rights Commission Changes Process to Weed Out Weak Cases

In response to significant concerns about the timeliness of handling claims and the often unnecessary drain of going through the full process of responding to meritless Human Rights Commission claims, the Commission has...more

Human Rights Damages on the Rise?

In the Report of the Ontario Human Rights Review 2012, Andrew Pinto recommended that the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario “reconsider its current approach to general damages awards in cases where discrimination is proven. The...more

Violation of Human Rights May Now Yield Additional Remedies in Abuse Cases

Ontario’s human rights legislation underwent various amendments in 2008. For the first time, a court deciding a civil lawsuit was allowed to order remedies for violation of human rights protected under the Human Rights Code....more

US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Foreign Companies May Be Sued in US Courts For Claims Unrelated To Their Activities In...

The United States Supreme Court earlier this month issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place in the U.S. In...more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: The US Supreme Court Significantly Limits Where Companies May Be Sued for Claims Unrelated to Their...

The US Supreme Court last week issued a major ruling that will significantly limit where corporations may be sued for claims that do not relate to business they may do in a particular place. In Daimler A.G. v. Bauman, the...more

Guilt by Geolocation? Bulk SMS Intimidation of Protesters in Ukraine

Reports that the Ukrainian government may be tracking the movements of anti-government protesters using their cellphones raises a number of difficult questions for telecommunications providers operating in that country....more

Daimler AG v. Bauman: Court Again Rejects a “Sprawling View of General Jurisdiction”

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman held that Argentinian plaintiffs could not sue a German car manufacturer in California for human rights violations allegedly committed in Argentina. The...more

Africa Update - January 16, 2014

In This Issue: Leading the News; United States – Africa Relations; North Africa; East Africa; West Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and General Africa News. Excerpt from Leading the News - South...more

Amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Consumers to Take Effect on March 15, 2014

On Oct. 25, 2013, China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (the “NPC’s Standing Committee”) promulgated the Amendments to the Law on the Protections of the Rights and Interests of Consumers (the...more

Proposed Anti-Human Trafficking Rule Could Significantly Affect Contractor Compliance Programs

U.S. government contractors and subcontractors may need to comply with two new federal procurement rules proposed by the Obama administration to prevent the use of forced labor. Affected companies should review and...more

INTERPOL Begins 2014 Facing Calls for Reform from Both Human Rights and Conservative Organizations

As 2013 drew to a close, two very different organizations released their own reports, both of which addressed the need for reform within INTERPOL and its independent review body, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's...more

Agricultural Sector Companies Face Increased Scrutiny on Human Rights-Related Risks

Agricultural sector companies, and companies with large agricultural supply chains, face new scrutiny from investors and other stakeholders concerning human rights-related risks in their corporate supply chains. Key issues...more

Human Rights Obligations on Companies: Important Legal Developments

Introduction - The requirement that businesses take steps to ensure respect for human rights is no longer simply a matter of good governance and “soft” law. Companies involved in international businesses must comply...more

Changes at the Maine Human Rights Commission

The new counsel to the Maine Human Rights Commission, Barbara Archer Hirsch, spoke to the Employment Section of the Maine Bar Association yesterday. She announced one significant change in how the Commission would be...more

They Come To Praise Mandela, But Do They Honor Him?

Over the past two days, I have listened and watched as people around the world, from journalists and celebrities to presidents and other politicians, remembered and honored the life and work of Nelson Mandela. That's as it...more

I Ain’t Gonna Play Sun City

I’m sure there are many people, particularly the younger generation, seeing their Tumblr, news feeds and Facebook walls blow up with Nelson Mandela tributes and who, while recognizing the name, still wonder what’s the big...more

ISS’s 2014 Governance Updates

Just before Thanksgiving, ISS released its U.S. Corporate Governance Policy 2014 Updates. The updates are the result of what ISS describes as a “robust, inclusive, and transparent” process and will apply to shareholder...more

ISS Publishes 2014 Corporate Governance Policy Updates

On November 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) released its final US policy updates for the 2014 proxy season (the “2014 Policies”), having received comments to its draft policies released on October...more

Human Rights Claims In The Ontario Courts – Now What?

Way back in 2008, the Ontario Human Rights Code was amended to permit human rights claims to be piggybacked onto wrongful dismissal actions in the Ontario courts. Prior to that time, the only recourse for an employee with a...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

“Hardening” Soft Law and Human Rights Expectations for Financial Institutions

Earlier this month, a group of global banks known as the Thun Group released a discussion paper exploring the ways in which financial institutions might seek to integrate the U.N. Guiding Principles on Business and Human...more

Unpaid Interns Not Entitled To Protection From Sexual Harassment Under New York City Law

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York ruled earlier this month that a former intern was not entitled to pursue her claim for sexual harassment under the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) because she...more

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