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Forced Labor

You Should Know - May 2018

Hope for Millions of Men, Women and Children - When courageous people step forward and seek accountability through our system of civil justice, good things happen. Manufacturers make safer products. Health care providers...more

California Transparency in Supply Chains Act: What Manufacturers Need To Know

In 2010, California enacted the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act (the “Act”). The goal of the Act is to curtail human trafficking and slavery by requiring certain manufacturers and retailers doing business in...more

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

Australia's Proposed Modern Slavery Act May Impact American Companies

by FordHarrison on

U.S. companies with operations in Australia may soon be impacted by the establishment of a new Modern Slavery Act (the MSA) in Australia....more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2018

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: two new reports looking at corporate compliance with the U.K....more

Department of Homeland Security Publishes FAQs on North Korean Labor in Supply Chains

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published FAQs relating to Section 321(b) of the Countering Americas Adversaries Through Sanctions Act. The CAATSA was adopted on August 2, 2017. Section 321(b) restricts...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

Corporate Responsibility to Migrant Workers: Preventing Exploitation in Your Supply Chain

The exploitation of migrant workers continues to be a problem across the globe as reports surface of forced labor for little to no compensation. The role multinational corporations play – or should avoid playing – in this...more

Bondage, Enslavement, Servitude: New South Wales follows suit and proposes Modern Slavery Law

by DLA Piper on

Modern Slavery Act in New South Wales - New South Wales has followed the Commonwealth's lead and introduced a Modern Slavery Bill 2018 into the New South Wales Legislative Council on 8 March 2018....more

Corporate Social Responsibility Compliance in 2018, and Beyond – An Overview for In-House Legal Counsel

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After years of looming on the fringes, 2018 is likely to go down as the year that corporate social responsibility compliance became a core responsibility of in-house legal departments....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

Update on the responsibility to respect human rights and parent company liability: what the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Okpabi...

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last four months, the Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in two important cases relating to parent company liability and jurisdiction over extra-territorial human rights impacts. ...more

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

by Littler on

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

Proposed Act Seeks to Require Large Companies Operating in Australia to Report on Modern Slavery

by Littler on

The Australian Government has announced plans to release draft legislation proposing the introduction of a “modern slavery in supply chains” reporting requirement. ...more

Weekly Roundup of Local and Under-the-Radar White Collar News - February 2018

by Lane Powell PC on

..Miami businessman agrees to pay $81M for EB-5 visa program fraud ..The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) apparently sent subpoenas to cryptocurrency platforms ..Meanwhile, the SEC obtained a court order halting...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

We Trust Santa’s Factory Is Free of Forced Labor and Corruption—Your Supply Chains Should Be Too.

by Perkins Coie on

[Warning: The juxtaposition of the jolly old man and forced labor is not to make light of human rights violations but to highlight the hidden evils in supply chains and the potential reputational damage to wholesome...more

CBP Takes Measures to Enforce Ban on Imports Made With Forced Labor and Sanctions for Forced North Korean Labor in Supply Chains

On November 22, 2017, Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) released a statement confirming reports that its major supplier in China, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) has used illegal student labor to assemble the latest version of the...more

Forced Labor and North Korean Workers: New Concerns for Importers

In Washington, D.C., the news this week focused on President Trump’s decision to designate (or redesignate) North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. For companies importing goods into the United States, developments this...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - Sept 2017

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 report from the U.N. Working Group on Business and Human...more

Australia’s Consideration of a New Modern Slavery Act: What You Need to Know

Corporate counsel must increasingly assess the implications of new transparency statutes that require companies to make public disclosures as to their efforts to address certain human rights-related risks in connection with...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - June 2017 #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 report on human rights litigation in U.S. federal courts; new...more

CBP Updates Regulations to Eliminate Consumptive Demand Exception to Prohibition on the Importation of Goods Made with Forced...

On June 8, 2017, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a final rule that removes the consumptive-demand exception from its regulations that implement the prohibition on the importation of merchandise that has been...more

Human Trafficking and Smuggling – A Compliance Requirement

by Michael Volkov on

The problem of human trafficking and smuggling is staggering when you consider the human impact behind the numbers. Human trafficking is a $30 billion industry annually. There are more people in slavery today than at any time...more

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