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Illinois Becomes Seventh State to Expand Employment Rights to Domestic Workers

On August 21, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law the Illinois Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, amending four existing state employment laws so they will now apply to domestic workers. Effective January 1,...more

Modern slavery statements – ready, steady, publish?

For each financial year ending on or after 31 March 2016, organisations with an annual turnover of at least £36 million are required, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act), to publish a modern slavery statement. The Act...more

President Obama Pledges to Lift Myanmar Sanctions

On September 14, 2016, President Obama met with Myanmar’s leader, State Counsellor Daw Aung Suu Kyi, at the White House and announced the United States’ intent to remove economic sanctions against Myanmar (formerly known as...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: an announcement by the International Criminal Court regarding the...more

Trend Continues In Alberta For Higher General Damages In Human Rights Awards

General damages awarded by human rights tribunals are intended to compensate for discrimination and to act as a deterrent. The Alberta Human Rights Act provides no statutory limit on how much general damages can be...more

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance From NY Court of Appeals on Scope of Liability for Discrimination Based on Criminal Conviction...

The Second Circuit has asked the New York Court of Appeals for guidance on the scope of liability for discrimination based on criminal conviction history under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law...more

B.C. and Canada Adopting Gender Identity and Gender Expression Human Rights Protections

Both the British Columbia and the Federal Government have recently introduced legislation to amend their respective human rights legislation to include gender identity and gender expression among the protected grounds of...more

Illinois Domestic Workers Now Guaranteed Certain Employment Rights

On August 12, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act (House Bill 1288) (the “Act”) on behalf of domestic workers employed in private homes or residences into law. With the passage...more

INTERPOL and China’s Sky Net anti-corruption investigation- can INTERPOL support China’s anti-corruption efforts while still...

One of my favorite adages is one that defense attorneys use in closing arguments when the government’s case contains some evidence of guilt, and some evidence of illegal police conduct...more

Proposed Amendment to NYC Human Rights Law Would Prohibit Discrimination Against Uniformed Service Members and Veterans

An amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) introduced before the City Council this week would add current or prior service in the uniformed services as a protected class under the law. If approved by the...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....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

Hudson Institute Report Refutes UN Panel Stance on Impact of Patents on Access to Medicines

In June, the Hudson Institute released a research report that analyzes several positions taken by the United Nations (UN) High Level Panel on Access to Medicines (HLP) on the impact of patents on global access to medicines. ...more

Venezuela: Nuevo Programa de Emergencia Obliga a los Patronos a Proporcionar Trabajadores a Empresas Estatales

El Ministerio del Trabajo en Venezuela ha publicado en la Gaceta Oficial un programa de trabajo forzoso, que exige a los patronos del sector público y privado proporcionar trabajadores a empresas estatales, como una especie...more

Venezuela: New Emergency Program Forces Employers to Supply their Workforce, on Demand, to Benefit State-Owned Entities

Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor has enacted the establishment of a forced labor program, which will require public and private sector employers to supply their workers as “temporary loans” to State-owned companies to boost the...more

The Guantánamo Trials: No End in Sight - Buchalter Nemer

From May 30 to June 3, 2016, I represented the Pacific Council as an official observer at pre-trial hearings for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) and four other alleged masterminds of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 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 release of the third, and likely final, draft of the World...more

Pregnancy Protections Under NYC Law – Not Limited to Just “Pregnancy”

As most NYC employers have probably heard by now, in May of this year, New York City released guidance that defines violations of pregnancy protections under the NYC Human Rights Law, and provides clear(er) examples of when...more

New confiscation recommendations: a price worth paying?

On 15 July 2016, the Home Affairs Committee published a report on the Proceeds of Crime. The report identifies a number of systemic problems with the current confiscation order system and makes several recommendations...more

Using Information on Human Rights Impacts to Drive Social Performance

New legislative requirements and stakeholder concerns have driven many companies to implement systems to identify and address the potential human rights impacts of their operations. Companies increasingly realize the...more

How The Failure To Comply With The Conflict Minerals Law Can Expose Manufacturers To Criminal Penalties

Last year, we provided an overview regarding the requirement that U.S. publicly traded companies disclose their use of “conflict minerals.”  As of 2014, the Government Accounting Office reported that 1,321 companies filed the...more

The Countdown is On: The New OHSA Amendments Come into Force in Less Than 60 Days

As we previously reported, the amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act introduced by Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Legislation, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: July 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: a new lawsuit aimed at combating human trafficking in corporate...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: June 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: a new guide for business lawyers from the International Bar...more

Changes to the New York City Retirement Systems’ Proxy Guidelines

The New York City Retirement Systems (NYRS) recently published a major overhaul of their proxy voting policies, the first in 30 years. Released in April 2016, the “Corporate Governance Principles and Proxy Voting Guidelines”...more

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