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Modern Slavery Act

EU Retail News - October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

One of the biggest threats to a retailer's reputation is an allegation of involvement in slavery, human trafficking, or child labour. Retailers are now expected to be more transparent than ever, with the Modern Slavery Act...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

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

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

Australia Proposes Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements for Multinationals – An Overview and Comparison to Existing Corporate...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The Australian Government has released a consultation paper proposing the adoption of legislation that would require many multinationals operating in Australia to publicly report on modern slavery risk in their business and...more

Update on Australian Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Federal Government has on 16 August 2017 issued a consultation paper seeking industry commentary and feedback on the Government's proposal to create a "Modern Slavery in Supply Chains' Reporting Requirement",...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - August 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: an announcement by the Government of Australia that it will move...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 - May 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 on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the...more

Reminder: Modern Slavery Statement Deadline

by Dechert LLP on

A gentle reminder for all those with a turnover above £36 million and doing business in the UK. ...more

Modern Slavery – An Update

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

26 March 2017 marked two years since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As the signature legislation of the then Home Secretary (Theresa May – now Prime Minister), it heralded greater focus on an issue that...more

UK: New Rules On Modern Slavery

by Dentons on

The UK has been leading the way in the battle to combat modern slavery in Europe. New rules have been in force since October 2015, which require businesses to report what they are doing to tackle slavery and human...more

The Top Ten Things You Should Know About UK Employment Law

What 2016 lacked in employment law changes, it made up with political surprises (Brexit) and sweeping data protection changes (the GDPR). Due to these dynamic changes and in anticipation of what lies ahead, our UK employment...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act – A Compliance Primer for Fund Managers

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Starting this year, a significant number of fund managers based all over the world will be among the approximately 12,000 companies that will be required to publish an annual statement under the transparency provisions of the...more

Human Rights and Global Supply Chains

Fashion retailers need to be vigilant to prevent human rights abuses in their supply chains whilst complying with their legal obligations. The UK’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating human...more

Hot Topics in Supply Chain Compliance

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The last few years have seen a proliferation of new supply chain-focused regulations and other compliance obligations, a trend which isn’t likely to abate any time soon. In this Alert, we provide an overview of selected...more

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

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: updates on litigation in the Doe v. Nestle case; a private...more

International developments on modern slavery

by DLA Piper on

International developments on modern slavery - US Customs has seized four shipments seeking to enter the US this year. This follows developments early in 2016 when President Obama signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade...more

The Modern Slavery Act 2015: Effects on the Property Industry One Year On

by Reed Smith on

Modern Slavery is broadly a term covering slavery, forced labour, servitude and human trafficking. It has been described as “the great human rights issue of our time” by Theresa May. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was...more

Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

by Perkins Coie on

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims...more

Proposed French Law Would Impose New Due Diligence Obligations on Certain Employers and Their Supply Chains

by Littler on

On November 29, 2016, France’s National Assembly adopted the text of a bill (the “Bill”) that, if enacted, would create new due diligence obligations for large French companies regarding their subsidiaries’ and supply chain...more

Modern Slavery Business Reporting: Beyond Compliance

by Reed Smith on

A year after the introduction of the business reporting obligation in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 we take a look at the approach taken to statements to date and possible future developments in this area. Introduction...more

Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

by Perkins Coie on

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled...more

Modern slavery - an update and reminder about annual slavery and human trafficking statements

by Dentons on

You might have missed "#AntiSlaveryDay" on 18 October but its very existence and the number of social media posts it generated are positive signs of the growing awareness of modern slavery as a global issue. Here in the UK,...more

Don’t Let Forced Labor and Bribery in Your Supply Chain Spoil the Holidays

by Perkins Coie on

The holiday retail season is an ideal time to check that forced labor and bribery—two top and interconnected supply-chain threats—do not undermine the success of your critical sales period. Not long ago, many in the...more

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