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Canada Continues Strong Enforcement of Anti-Corruption Laws with First Individual Conviction

Canada's first conviction of an individual under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) is expected to set a precedent for future corruption cases as regulators continue their crackdown on global corruption. Following the conviction last fall of an Indian-Canadian businessman, prosecutors are now seeking a four-year prison term for his efforts to bribe government officials in India in an attempt to win the business of a state-owned airline.

New Study: Costs of Data Breaches Rising

The cost of data breaches continues to rise globally. Businesses in the U.S. are spending the most addressing the problem — an average of $5.85 million over the last two years, according to the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study.  The annual study involving 314 companies in ten countries put the average cost of a data breach at $3.5 million, a 15% increase over 2012.

Message To Companies from DOJ and SEC: Take FCPA Compliance Seriously

Federal regulators have been particularly aggressive in enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), making it crucial for companies to take anti-corruption training seriously.

EEOC Roundup: March 2014

Employment is heavily regulated in the U.S., where it is illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because he or she made a discrimination complaint, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment-discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Social Media Misuse in the Workplace Rising, Companies Take Action and Implement Policies

Social media is an increasingly essential tool in today's business environment but as employers are learning, it carries inherent risks. More employers are taking disciplinary action and implementing social media policies to protect themselves against specific risks of social media misuse, according to a new survey by law firm Proskauer Rose.

10 Tips for Hiring Summer Interns and Staying FLSA Compliant

Unpaid internships traditionally allow inexperienced students to gain hands-on knowledge in their field. In turn, employers use internship programs to find and test-drive new talent, increase productivity, support students and the community and take advantage of low-cost or even free labor. But sometimes these good intentions violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Stolen Laptops Lead to $2 Million Fine To Settle HIPAA Violations

Lost or stolen unencrypted mobile devices — commonly laptops — are the primary cause of major healthcare data breaches. This unfortunate trend persists, despite warnings from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to healthcare providers and covered entities to encrypt electronic protected health information (ePHI) and avoid violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Court Strikes Portions of Conflict Minerals Rule, But June 2 Filing Deadline Stands

A federal appeals court this week denied an emergency request by business groups to delay the June 2 deadline requiring companies to file a conflict-minerals disclosure report (Form SD) if their products contain minerals from conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

SEC Continues Aggressive Insider Trading Enforcement

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced a settlement agreement to resolve insider-trading charges against a former pharmaceutical executive, an emergency-room physician and one of his patients.

Telecommuting May Be a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA

Modern technology has dramatically changed the way we do business both in and out of the office. While regular attendance can be an essential function of many jobs, telecommuting is a viable option for others. In fact, there may be times when an employer may want to consider — or even be required to provide — a work-at-home situation for an employee with a qualifying disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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