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EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Court Confirms That “Perceived Alcoholics” Can’t Bring Workplace Claims In NYC

by Fisher Phillips on

In a solid win for New York City employers, the New York Court of Appeals held that a worker cannot bring a disability discrimination claim under New York City law based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism. Through...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

Feel the Cultural Shift?

by Atma Global on

Cultural progress rarely unfolds in a neat, linear path. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been witnessing just how turbulent this progress can be—as evidenced by the seismic changes in cultural attitudes that have occurred...more

A Business and Human Rights Treaty: Updates from the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Working Group

The Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group that is considering an international treaty on business and human rights held its third session from October 23-27 in Geneva. ...more

NYC Ban on Salary History Inquiries

by Goodwin on

Effective October 31, 2017, under a new provision of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), New York City employers may no longer inquire about an applicant’s salary history during the hiring process or rely upon his or...more

A binding treaty on business and human rights? Still a way to go.

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week (23-27 October 2017), the third round of negotiations on a binding international treaty on business and human rights concluded.  In this post we consider what (if any) progress has been made and what the sticking...more

Chicago Passes Ordinance Requiring Hotels to Provide “Panic Buttons” To Certain Employees

On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the Hotel Workers Sexual Harassment Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), which requires Chicago hotels to develop anti-sexual harassment policies and provide employees who work...more

Textile factory safety claims proceed to arbitration under the Bangladesh Accord

by Hogan Lovells on

In a landmark ruling by an arbitration tribunal last month, claims against two global fashion brands under the 2013 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh (the “Bangladesh Accord“) were declared admissible and...more

New York’s Highest Court Rules That Perceived Alcoholics Are Not Protected Under New York City Human Rights Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) does not permit a claim of disability discrimination based solely on a perception of untreated alcoholism. To sustain a claim, an...more

Deeper Dive into Statistics Confirm Rise in Sex Harassment Cases...With Some Caveats

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

So a few weeks back, I suggested that we were entering into a new era of sexual harassment cases and wondered out loud when the statistics would back up my observations. We now have our first signs. Maybe....more

Strict Liability and Human Rights Due Diligence – too little too early?

by Hogan Lovells on

It was a pleasure to speak in Geneva earlier this month at a consultation hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR“) on the scope for making businesses strictly liable for human...more

Exclusive: New Statistics from CHRO Show Drop in Discrimination Claims

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Through a recent FOI request, I was able to take a peek at the latest case statistics coming out of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. (The CHRO has since added them to the website as well.)...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

Jurisdiction and parent company liability – Court of Appeal keeps door ajar for extra-territorial human rights related claims

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in a landmark case on jurisdiction and parent company liability (Lungowe and Ors. v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1528). The judgment...more

Jesner v Arab Bank: corporate liability under the Alien Tort Statute?

by Hogan Lovells on

All eyes are once again on the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) as it turns its attention to the application of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) to companies accused of complicity in human rights violations committed...more

Human Rights Considerations & Best Practices for Energy Companies

by King & Spalding on

International human rights laws and norms are increasingly playing a role in shaping how energy companies conduct their business all over the world. Shareholders increasingly demand compliance with human rights norms;...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - October 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 paper from on the proposed draft elements for an international...more

U.S. Announces Revocation of Sudanese Sanctions Regulations: New Opportunities and Familiar Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On October 6, 2017, the United States government announced that, effective October 12th, the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations (“SSR”) would be officially revoked. The October 6th announcement marked the culmination of a...more

New Standards of Conduct for Companies Seeking to Operate with Respect for the Rights of LGBTI People

On September 26, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released new Standards of Conduct intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex...more

Uniformed Service Members To Become A Protected Class Under The New York City Human Rights Law

by Cole Schotz on

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (the “NYCHRL”) prohibiting discrimination on the basis of uniformed service. The amendment takes effect on...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - Sept 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 number of new guidance documents and tools, including materials...more

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

European Court Says Employers Cannot Monitor Employees' Personal Email Sent on Company Servers

The European Union has taken a substantially different approach than the United States to employee online privacy rights. Upcoming ePrivacy regulations promise to limit employers’ ability to monitor employee electronic...more

Expanded Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions; Top 10 Takeaways (Japanese Translation)

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Trump signs the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,” which — among other measures — requires Congressional review to ease Russia-related sanctions. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President...more

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