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Parent company liability in England for human rights impacts abroad: Lungowe v Vedanta

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Conventionally, a "corporate veil" and the doctrine of "forum non-conveniens" have isolated UK businesses from human rights related claims arising out of the operations of their foreign subsidiaries. ...more

How a constitutional amendment is transforming litigation in Mexico

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In 2017, Mexico’s congress approved a key amendment to its Federal Commercial Code. The amendment is now driving dramatic changes to the country’s trial process. One of those changes — a shift from written to oral proceedings...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

IL Senate Task Force On Sexual Harassment Delves Into Both Public And Private Sector Issues

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In December of 2018, I was honored to be appointed to the Illinois Senate’s Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Awareness and Prevention. On December 14, 2018 the full Task Force had its first hearing in...more

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

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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

Top Developments in Canadian Employment Law in 2017

by DLA Piper on

With 2017 in our rear-view mirror and with 2018 now upon us, it is time to reflect on the top developments in Canadian employment law in 2017. The following cases represent a cross-section of the most significant employment...more

Protection From Discrimination in Employment – To Infinity and Beyond

by Field Law on

At the end of last year, the Supreme Court of Canada, in the highly anticipated decision of British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal v Schrenk, 2017 SCC 62 (“Shrenk”), addressed the following important issue: How far does...more

Positive Action: A New Framework on the Recognition and Implementation of Rights

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On February 14, 2018, the federal government announced a new framework, including new legislation, to recognize and implement Indigenous rights (the “Framework”) in support of its commitment towards reconciliation with...more

Supreme Court of Canada decision broadens scope of human rights protection in employment

by DLA Piper on

In a landmark decision released on December 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada determined that the British Columbia Human Rights Code protects individuals from discriminatory conduct perpetrated by employers with whom they...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2018

by King & Spalding on

Developing an FSRU Project in New Markets: 10 Key Considerations - As at 1 July 2017, the total number of operational floating storage and regasification units (“FSRUs”) globally stood at 26, with 23 operating as terminals...more

BHR 360: highlights from 2017, and what to watch out for in 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Welcome to the first edition of BHR 360, our bi-annual Business and Human Rights newsletter. Over the past year the international community has focused its attention on the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on...more

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

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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

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - February 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: a new venture fund intended to support companies trying to increase...more

Landmark UK Case Takes A Stand: Parent Companies May Be Liable For Their Subsidiaries’ Alleged Human Rights Abuses

by King & Spalding on

A landmark United Kingdom case recently has made it clear that UK-based parent companies may be found liable for human rights violations committed by their foreign subsidiaries. Plaintiffs all over the world are filing...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

Canada Adds to Reputational Risk Toolbox with Human Rights Watchdog

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

While corporations don’t have human rights obligations, the notion that businesses should respect and promote human rights in their activities has become a key element of many corporate social responsibility programs....more

NYC Updates “Sexual Orientation” And “Gender” Definitions Under Human Rights Law

by Fisher Phillips on

New York City employers will soon be required to expand existing protections against sexual orientation and gender discrimination due to an amendment to the definitions of these terms under the New York City Human Rights Law...more

Web Exclusive: January 2018: The Top 18 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017—and if January is any...more

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

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

Mining Company Asks Supreme Court to Hear Its Challenge to Allegations of Human Rights Abuses in Eritrea

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Nevsun Resources, a British Columbia mining company, has asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal from a recent B.C. ruling that would send the human rights claims of a group of Eritrean plaintiffs towards trial....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

What Do In-House Counsel Need to Know About Business Human Rights Benchmarking?

by King & Spalding on

Business Compliance with Human Rights - The subject of compliance by businesses (from small to multinational) with human rights norms is in the news every single day. Following the endorsement by the UN Human Rights...more

Amendment to New York City Human Rights Law Mandates Employers to Engage in “Cooperative Dialogue” with Employees Seeking an...

The New York City Council voted last month to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to explicitly require that covered entities engage in “cooperative dialogue” with those persons who may be entitled to a...more

SEC’s Mixed Guidance on Apple Environmental and Human Rights Shareholder Proposals Provides Clarification on CSR Proposals

Recent, seemingly disparate action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with respect to two shareholder proposals may leave companies and shareholders confused as to whether companies may exclude shareholder...more

Canada Strengthens Transnational Business and Human Rights Oversight

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian federal government has announced the creation of an Ombudsperson for "responsible enterprise", an office to be housed within Global Affairs Canada. Known formally as the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible...more

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