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Updates on Continuous Disclosure and Corporate Governance in Securities Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Three years following implementation of mandatory disclosure of women on boards and in executive officer positions, the new rules have marginally improved female representation. The percentage of women holding board seats...more

SEC Diversity Assessment Reports on Policies and Practices for Investment Advisers, Private Fund Advisers, Broker-Dealers and...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (“OMWI”) released its Diversity Assessment Report for regulated entities, including investment advisers, private fund advisers and...more

Blog: Blackrock Advocates That At Least Two Women Be On Each Company Board

by Cooley LLP on

The lede from the WSJ is that “for the first time,” BlackRock (reportedly the largest asset management firm with $6.3 trillion under management) is “stating publicly that companies in which it invests should have at least two...more

Concert for Bangladesh and Gender Diversity at the Board

by Thomas Fox on

I found the questions that SSGA has laid out as a practical way to think through the gender diversity issue but also a wider variety of topics. For instance, in the area of compliance expertise on the Board, as required under...more

SEC Invites Regulated Entities to Voluntarily Submit Self-Assessments of Diversity Policies and Practices

The SEC Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, or OMWI, invited entities regulated by the SEC to submit a Diversity Assessment Report....more

California Bill Would Mandate Gender Quotas For Publicly Traded Companies

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this month, California Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson and Toni G. Atkins introduced a bill, SB 826, that would require a publicly held corporation with its principal places of business in California to have a minimum...more

The Board’s Three ‘C’s’ of Corporate Governance: Composition, Communication and Connection

U.S. companies face a dizzying array of challenges, including from disruptive technologies and cybersecurity threats; economic and geopolitical uncertainties; climate change and evolving sustainability metrics; and questions...more

Across the Board-Episode 13, Rakhi Kumar on Board Gender Diversity

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit again with Rakhi Kumar, the Managing Director, Head of ESG and Asset Stewardship at State Street Global Advisors. We discuss the firm's role in advocating for greater Board of Director Diversity. With...more

Trends in Paid Parental Leave Come to the Legal Industry: A Call to Action for Law Firms?

As Chief Diversity and Professional Development Officer at Ogletree Deakins, I have seen that law firms specifically, and the legal industry, generally, face external pressures from clients, outside counsel, and diversity...more

Diversity Matters

by Wicker Park Group on

We tend to end our interviews with a parting question. It’s usually something along the lines of, “Is there anything we haven’t asked or discussed that you would like to talk about and/or we should have asked?” Interestingly,...more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Executive Q&A with Linda King: Oil & gas attorney adds biblical Ph.D. to her lifelong learning vault

by GableGotwals on

GableGotwals attorney Linda King recently fulfilled a New Year's resolution she set for herself years ago. King in December earned a doctorate in biblical interpretation, after successfully defending her dissertation on the...more

Eighty Years After Earhart: Congress Moves to Motivate and Facilitate Women In Aviation

The aviation industry is in dire need of a future workforce. This industry is already suffering from a shortage of qualified individuals to work in all sectors of aviation. For instance, the Forbes article states that the gap...more

3 International Arbitration Trends To Watch In 2018

Charles Adams, the leader of Orrick’s International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution team, recently spoke with Law360 regarding international arbitration trends to watch in 2018. Charles discussed the increased legitimization...more

ISS Updates Proxy Voting Guidelines for U.S. Public Companies

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Last month, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) updated its proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming proxy season. The updates, summarized in part below, are effective for shareholder meetings on or after Feb. 1, 2018....more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

Glass Lewis Issues 2018 Voting Policies Update

by King & Spalding on

On November 22, 2017, Glass Lewis issued its updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2018 proxy season. Notable updates applicable to U.S. companies include new or revised policies relating to: ..gender diversity...more

EU Retail News - November 2017

by Bryan Cave on

From 2 January 2018, the rules on how you can portray under-18s in advertising will get stricter. Marketing communications in non-broadcast media (including newspapers, direct marketing communications, posters, online...more

Unions Looking to Increase Diversity in Their Leadership Ranks

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Recognizing the rise of Millennials and the increasing diversity of the workforce, some labor unions appear to be taking a keen interest in increasing the diversity of those in their leadership ranks, which...more

Looking for Diversity Referral Sources? Start With the OFCCP Directory

Under 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-217(c); 60-300.44(f); and 60-741.44(f), federal contractors must document outreach and recruitment efforts for qualified minorities, females, and individuals with disabilities, as well as protected...more

Court rules employee’s termination not in retaliation for repeated complaints

by McAfee & Taft on

In a recent case in federal court in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Carissa Nealis, a white woman and account executive for CoxCom, LLC, made a retaliation claim based on her reports of a coworker being treated unfairly....more

ISS Releases 2018 Voting Policy Updates

by White & Case LLP on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services ("ISS") published updates to its benchmark proxy voting policy applicable to shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2018. The policy updates are the...more

CEOs Take a Collaborative Approach to Creating More Inclusive Workplaces

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Numerous studies show that a diverse workforce can increase innovation, provide a competitive edge in selling products and services to different markets, improve decision-making, and significantly increase profits. But, these...more

ISS Announces 2018 Updates to US Proxy Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently announced updates to its U.S. proxy voting guidelines for the 2018 proxy season. Although the updates are not likely to have a significant impact on 2018...more

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