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Hong Kong Considers Draft Law Requiring Companies to Report on Modern Slavery

by Littler on

The Hong Kong legislature is currently considering draft legislation which, if enacted, will require certain companies—including those incorporated outside of Hong Kong—to publish a “slavery and human trafficking statement.” ...more

One year after the enactment of French law, is your company vigilant enough to avoid civil liability?

by Hogan Lovells on

On 27 March 2017, France went one step further than other countries by adopting “hard” law on human rights with the very broad Law on the “duty of vigilance of the parent companies and main contractor companies”. ...more

New Human Rights Case Alleging Deception Of Consumers Filed Against Food Companies (This Time On The East Coast)

by Perkins Coie on

In the wake of the 2016 dismissal of human rights cases filed against food companies in California, a new class action case was filed on February 26, 2018 in Massachusetts federal court (Tomasella v. Hershey Co.) alleging...more

Canada Announces Two New Initiatives To Hold Companies Accountable For Human Rights Violations Abroad

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The Canadian Government recently announced two new initiatives to “strengthen Canada’s approach to responsible business conduct for Canadian companies doing business and operating abroad.” The first initiative is the creation...more

Top 10 Tips for an Ethical Supply Chain in 2018

by K&L Gates LLP on

A company can not only enhance its reputation through strong corporate social responsibility, but can also avoid the reputational damage that can come from human trafficking, forced labor, child labor, or other human rights...more

FLSA Penalties Increase

by Fisher Phillips on

This week the U.S. Department of Labor published increases in the civil money penalties it can impose for certain violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. These new levels, approximately 2% higher than those...more

Modern Slavery Guidance Updated by UK’s Home Office

Updated Home Office guidance provides more detail of expected best practices and encourages smaller businesses to make a slavery and human trafficking statement even if not legally required. • Larger businesses must...more

The Poster Post – DOL Updates to Your Employees’ Favorite Area of the Break Room

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has revised mandatory federal posters on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). By law, employers must display official DOL posters...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

Wisconsin Eliminates Permitting Requirements for 16- and 17-Year-Old Workers

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Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 25 (2017 Wisconsin Act 11) on Wednesday reducing burdens carried by employers that rely on teenage labor. The law became effective June 23, 2017....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | June 2017 #3

FDA Delays Compliance Date for Nutrition Facts Labeling - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will postpone the deadline for food companies to use a revised Nutrition Facts label on packaged...more

Hiring Under-18 Workers This Summer?

by Fisher Phillips on

If you plan to employ anyone under 18 years old for the summer, you should be thoroughly familiar with the child-labor limitations prescribed under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act....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: the European Parliament’s adoption of a new conflict minerals...more

Dutch and French Legislatures Introduce New Human Rights Due Diligence Reporting Requirements

by Littler on

In February 2017, legislatures in the Netherlands and France took significant steps to implement mandatory due diligence and reporting rules regarding the impact of an employer's operations and supply chains on human rights. ...more

Advancing Human Rights Claims Based on Global Supply Chain Activities: Recent Developments in California and Canada

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Courts in California and Canada have emerged as testing grounds for advancing claims of forced labor in global supply chains.  The plaintiffs’ approach is to make companies more accountable to “soft law” norms like the UN...more

Human Rights and Global Supply Chains

Fashion retailers need to be vigilant to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chains whilst complying with their legal obligations. The UK’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating human...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

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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

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

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

by Littler on

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

by Littler on

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...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

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

by Littler on

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

FLSA's Civil Money Penalties To Increase

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Labor Department has issued an Interim Final Rule that will substantially increase the civil money penalties it can impose for certain violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and related...more

Feds Ratchet Up Employer Penalties, Effective Later This Summer

by Fisher Phillips on

While most employers were preparing for the long holiday weekend, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced a series of civil penalty increases that will impact the nation’s employers in the very near future. On June 30,...more

California Legislative Update

by Littler on

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

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