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New Rules for CBCA Companies

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Companies incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) will need to consider new rules regarding director elections, diversity disclosure, shareholder communications and other matters....more

Blog: Nontraditional board candidates made headway in 2017

by Cooley LLP on

According to a new report from the EY Center for Board Matters, 54% of the 2017 class of directors of Fortune 100 companies served in non-CEO roles and 40% were female. More than half of the Fortune 100 added at least one...more

EEOC Issues Federal Workforce Report for 2015

Small Gains Made in Diversity, Discrimination Complaint Filings Rise Slightly - WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released its 2015 Annual Report on the Federal Workforce, showing...more

State Has No Clue As To How Much Board Gender Mandate Will Cost

by Allen Matkins on

Several previous posts have highlighted a bill that would impose a gender mandate with respect to the boards of directors of publicly traded corporations that maintain their principal executive office in California. Having...more

Interview with Carol Owen, Chief Counsel for Revenue Payment Integrity, TeamHealth

by Baker Donelson on

Tell us about some of the leadership positions you held in your career and how you achieved those positions. Prior to law school, I had an academic career. At the time I applied to law school, I was chair of a two-year...more

Dear Littler: Will These Recruiting Ideas Help Me Meet Our Diversity Goals?

by Littler on

Our boss is really pushing for us to increase our number of diverse employees. I see his point—we are a predominantly white and male workforce, though we have more than 150 workers. My managers had a meeting to set some...more

Can California Dictate The Composition Of Foreign Corporations?

by Allen Matkins on

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson's effort to mandate the number of female directors recently passed out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary. That should not be too surprising as Senator Jackson chairs the committee. The bill's...more

Legislator Wants University Study Of Diversity At California High Technology Companies

by Allen Matkins on

California Assemblymember Chris Holden has authored a bill that would require the University of California to conduct a study of the racial and ethnic diversity of the board of directors and employees of California high...more

NYU Takes on the Travel Ban

by Proskauer For Good on

On March 30, 2018, Proskauer filed an amicus brief on behalf of New York University in the United States Supreme Court. The brief was filed in support of the State of Hawaii and its challenge to Proclamation 9645, the most...more

I’m Legal Counsel To Our Diversity Office; What Do I Need To Know About Data Analytics?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As if you don’t have enough on your plate already. You just heard in the lunchroom that your Chief Diversity Officer is making a presentation to a trade group on the company’s workforce demographics. Should you care?...more

California Gender Equity Quota Bill Advances

by Allen Matkins on

An effort by several California legislators to impose gender quotas on publicly held corporations will be heard next week by the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. SB 826, as amended on April 3, will apply to both...more

Can Inclusion Riders Force Demographic Proportionality In Hiring?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a single utterance at the recent Academy Awards ceremony, “inclusion rider” entered the popular lexicon. That has led many to wonder, “What is an inclusion rider?” The next question, of course, is...more

Oscars Delve into Legal Territory with Two Words: Inclusion Rider

by FordHarrison on

At the end of her Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress this year, Frances McDormand, after having spoken about equality, concluded with the following statement: “I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and...more

Blog: Equilar Reports On Advances In Board Gender Diversity

by Cooley LLP on

Happy International Women’s Day! According to the latest Equilar Gender Diversity Index (GDI), based on the current rate of growth, board gender parity for companies in the Russell 3000 is now expected to be achieved by...more

Women as Warriors: What Black Panther Teaches Us About Women in the Workplace

by FordHarrison on

Coming off the heels of a fantastic Blockbuster first few weeks, nearly $900 million made at the box office globally, and premiering during Black History Month, there is no denying that Black Panther is just the start of a...more

The Importance of Knowing Your Industry and Business Leadership

Craig Mills, shareholder and co-chair of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney's Litigation section, talks with Janet Lee, general counsel at ANSYS, a global leader in engineering simulation. Craig and Janet discuss: • The importance...more

What We Can Learn from Black Panther's Success: Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in Your Workplace

by FordHarrison on

Since Iron Man in 2008, moviegoers have poured into theaters to watch more than a dozen films in the superhero franchise known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster, Black Panther, is about...more

Blog: EY Center For Board Matters Identifies Investors’ Top Priorities For Companies For 2018

by Cooley LLP on

The EY Center for Board Matters has identified investors’ top priorities for companies in 2018, based on its annual investor outreach involving interviews with over 60 institutional investors with an aggregate of $32 trillion...more

Be Careful What You Say: Not Everything’s O.K.

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) makes it unlawful to terminate an employee who engages in concerted, protected activity, which generally means that you can say, object and complain, and offer suggestions to your...more

BlackRock Publishes Updated Proxy Voting Guidelines

by White & Case LLP on

BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock") recently published its updated "Proxy Voting Guidelines for US Securities". Consistent with BlackRock's recent communications related to its investment principles, the guidelines emphasize...more

Is Misogyny Protected Activity? Part 2

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Earlier, we blogged about James Damore, an engineer at Google who was terminated for his memo, which openly expressed his belief that women were not “biologically suited” for certain types of positions and criticism of the...more

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

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