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Australia's Proposed Modern Slavery Act May Impact American Companies

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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

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

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

Big Issues Impacting Workplaces In 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Social, technological and economic forces impacting the workplace will continue to pose challenges for employers, employees, unions, policy makers and regulators in 2018....more

What to look out for in UK litigation and investigations in 2018

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

2017 was an important year for the UK’s Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”). The Government’s plan to merge the SFO with the National Crime Agency was scrapped, seemingly securing the SFO’s future as an independent investigator and...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

U.S. Legislation Requires Enhancements to Modern Slavery Compliance Procedures to Address North Korean Labor Risks

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On August 2, 2017, the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act was signed into law in the United States. The CAATSA restricts entry into the United States of goods made with North Korean labor, wherever...more

A Modern Slavery Act For Australia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Over 40 million people around the world are trapped in conditions of modern slavery, according to estimates from the Walk Free Foundation and International Labour Organization, including an estimated 4300 victims “hidden in...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

EU Retail News - November 2017

by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner on

From 2 January 2018, the rules on how you can portray under-18s in advertising will get stricter. Marketing communications in non-broadcast media (including newspapers, direct marketing communications, posters, online...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

EU Retail News - October 2017

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

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