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Energy Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – December, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a middle school, life is always interesting and I have learned a lot. However, last week something came up that I have heard about but never had to address. Originally published...more

Sport Now: DLA Piper's Media, Sport and Entertainment sector magazine

by DLA Piper on

We've collated articles from a wide variety of countries to provide you with an overview of what's pertinent in the sector in your country and to show how this compares to sector in other parts of the world. This edition...more

Retroactive Corporate Liability for Human Rights Abuses

New UK asset forfeiture law empowers prosecutors to seize assets held by companies that have unknowingly benefited from, or assisted, gross human rights abuses—even in the past. The new law creates potential corporate...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 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 revised Toolkit on National Action Plans on business and human...more

UK Modern Slavery Act – are tougher disclosure requirements on their way?

by Hogan Lovells on

Disclosure requirements under the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (‘MSA’) have pushed many businesses operating in the UK to gather and interrogate information about human rights risks across their operations and supply chains –...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

Switzerland: The next frontier for mandatory human rights due diligence?

by Hogan Lovells on

Proposals are being considered to amend the Swiss constitution to require mandatory human rights due diligence for companies based in Switzerland. This post considers the contents of the amendment, its progress and what Swiss...more

U.S. Government Takes Steps Toward Implementation of Sanctions on Russia

by Jones Day on

The United States has taken significant steps toward fully implementing the sanctions imposed on Russia pursuant to the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017, which codifies and strengthens certain...more

Hardening law, blockchain and managing multi-faceted international legal risk – key themes at this year’s UN Forum on Business and...

by Hogan Lovells on

This week, the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva brought together representatives of business, government and civil society for three days of open, frank and constructive dialogue.  ...more

U.K. Modern Slavery Act Update

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

A minimum of 21 million people are estimated to be in forced labor across the globe today, a figure far greater than the number of slaves transported across the Atlantic in the slave trade of the 15th to 19th...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 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 look ahead at the upcoming UN Forum on Business and Human Rights;...more

GDPR Update: Transfer of Personal Data (outside the EEA) (Dutch)

by Dentons on

In this GDPR update, we will address the transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). ...more

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

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