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SEC Deadline for Conflict Minerals Rule Fast Approaching

Companies have until May 31, 2014 to comply with the conflict-minerals provisions of the Dodd-Frank law (Section 1502). Enacted in response to U.S. concern about funding violent activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and adjoining countries (Covered Countries), Section 1502 seeks to ensure more responsible sourcing by U.S. companies of the minerals — particularly tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten — that often finance violence in the region.

SBA Suspends CEO for Providing False Information

After suspending Tony Jimenez, founder and chief executive officer of MicroTechnologies, for five months for providing false information to the agency, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will allow him to resume control of the company in May. Jimenez acknowledged that both he and MicroTech, one of the fastest-growing small federal contractors in recent history, made errors in MicroTech’s application for an SBA program.

Can Employers Be Liable for Accidents Outside the Workplace?

Can an employee be "worked to death?" According to the family of a nurse, who died in a single-car accident on her way home from work, the answer is yes.

Maryland Legislature Approves Ban on Discrimination against Transgender Employees

Maryland is poised to become the 18th state, along with the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, to protect employees from unlawful discrimination based on gender identity. Both the Maryland House and Senate have approved the Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2014 (the Act), which — pending the signature of Governor Martin O’Malley — would become effective on October 1, 2014.

Watch What You Say in the Face of Rising Age Discrimination Claims

Between a faltering economy and more workers over the age of 65 remaining in the workforce, age discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have risen dramatically, with 43% more complaints filed in 2012 than in 2000. While employers may be familiar with anti-discrimination laws, some may not realize that the words and phrases used in personnel materials — or even an off-hand remark by a manager — can be grounds for an age discrimination claim.

Recent Study Finds Positive Momentum in Global Anti-Bribery Efforts

Since 2003, U.S. enforcement has dominated international anti-bribery efforts, with nearly twice as many formal foreign bribery actions as all other countries combined. However, according to data recently released in TRACE International's fourth annual Global Enforcement Report, the rest of the world is making significant strides in enforcement, with a 71% increase in anti-bribery action by countries other than the U.S. between 2012 and 2013.

Survey Finds Money Laundering Becoming a Top Priority for Management

Financial institutions are making significant adjustments in their approach to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance issues in the face of escalating global regulatory enforcement. According to KPMG's 2014 AML Survey, 88% of respondents cite AML as a top priority for management, marking a sharp increase from 62% in the consulting firm's 2011 survey.

Spotlight on Workplace Violence Prevention and Awareness in April

April 2014 marks the third annual Workplace Violence Awareness Month, an observance aimed at raising public awareness of one of the top four causes of workplace fatalities.

EEOC Roundup: February 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.

Court: Regular Attendance Is an Essential Job Function

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance can be challenging, as employers attempt to decipher whether a specific situation falls under the definitions of the law, such as when they must provide accommodations to an employee with a disability; what type of accommodation is ADA-compliant; and what functions of a job are considered "essential." Fortunately, a federal court in Florida recently provided some guidance with respect to whether an employee's regular, reliable attendance is an essential function of the job.

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