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ELD Zero-Hour is Nearing, May Lay Traps for the Unwary

by Benesch on

Many outside of over-the-road motor carriers are taking notice of the looming Electronic Logging Device Mandate (ELD Mandate). We are seeing raised hands with many questions and some confusion at this very moment from a wide...more

Blockchain & Transportation: Home Run or Hype?

by Benesch on

Technology has increasingly served a critical—and sometimes transformational—role for providers and commercial users of transportation and logistics services. Automation, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, mobile...more

Regulations on block exemptions in vertical concerted actions come into force

by DLA Piper on

On 5 December 2017, a new regulation by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (hereinafter – the “AMCU”) on typical requirements for vertical concerted actions of undertakings has entered into force (hereinafter – the...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

Australian Competition & Consumer Law Update - November 2017

by Jones Day on

The Australian competition law environment has undergone some important changes of late. In this Update, we discuss the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ("ACCC") increasing focus on the unfair contracts...more

CBP Takes Measures to Enforce Ban on Imports Made With Forced Labor and Sanctions for Forced North Korean Labor in Supply Chains

On November 22, 2017, Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) released a statement confirming reports that its major supplier in China, Foxconn Technology Group (“Foxconn”) has used illegal student labor to assemble the latest version of the...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

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Wells Fargo is again in federal regulators’ crosshairs. The OCC has dubbed the bank a repeat offender and is weighing a “formal enforcement action” over “improprieties in its auto-insurance and mortgage operations”....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

Technology companies and transfer pricing

by Hogan Lovells on

What is transfer pricing? In basic terms, transfer pricing is the process by which multinational enterprises go about determining what jurisdictions their global profits are booked in. It’s something they have to do in...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | November 2017#3

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

French Agency Finds Unlabeled Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles in Food - The Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF), a French agency for consumer affairs and fraud...more

Changes to Supply Chain Management and Commercial Item Contracting in FY 2018 NDAA

For Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions, the Conference Report for Fiscal Year 2018 NDAA includes provisions that simplify and others that complicate contractor responsibilities. Proposed supply chain diligence...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 7

by Jones Day on

USDA Inspector General Recommends Reform of AMS Organic Program for Imports - The USDA Inspector General ("IG") reviewed the Agricultural Marketing Service's ("AMS") process used in determining whether exporting...more

More than just new warnings: important changes in Prop 65 liability allocation take effect August 2018

by DLA Piper on

Companies that sell products, foods or beverages in California or that manufacture, supply or distribute products sold in California should review important new Proposition 65 regulations carefully and be sure to examine...more

FTC Hosts Workshop – “Understanding Competition in Prescription Drug Markets: Entry and Supply Chain Dynamics”

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a workshop seeking to explore the general question of why the cost of prescription drugs has risen greatly in recent history. The Workshop was framed...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

NERC Proposes to Reduce Cybersecurity Risks in CIP Supply Chains - Update

by Morgan Lewis on

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) recently petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve its proposed “Reliability Standards” addressing cybersecurity risks in critical...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

Key Provisions for Supply Chain Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In the manufacturing industry, a company’s supply chain can be a source of both risk and value. By paying careful attention to the terms of its supply chain contracts, a company can help to mitigate its risks while at the...more

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

Kobe Steel Group Admits to “Improper Conduct” and Non-Conforming Products

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

A global leading supplier of aluminum, copper, and steel, Kobe Steel, Ltd. and its group of companies, has admitted to falsifying data about the quality of its products. According to the company, inspection certificates...more

Unexpected Human in the Bagging Area: the impact of automation on retail workforces

by DLA Piper on

I suspect most of us have had the experience from time to time - you're looking to buy something a little bit out of the ordinary, and don't really know where to start. Two stories I heard recently neatly illustrate how that...more

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