Last month, the world learned of the discovery of the "Heartbleed" bug, a software glitch leaving approximately two-thirds of the world's Internet servers vulnerable to potential hackers. This revelation sent online service providers (ISPs) and tech companies scrambling to evaluate and apply additional data security measures to protect online information.
Despite good intentions, sometimes policies designed to improve employee morale and customer service turn out to be unlawful under the National Labor Relations Act (the Act).
The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division recently demonstrated its commitment to holding executives accountable for antitrust violations, regardless of their nationality or location. On April 4, 2014, DOJ announced its first-ever extradition of a foreign national to the U.S. to face criminal charges of participating in a worldwide bid-rigging conspiracy.
Reasonable accommodation of employee misconduct is not a new issue. But an unusual twist in a recent court ruling may require employers to accommodate employee theft under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Several recent multi-million dollar settlements with companies to resolve bribery violations illustrate how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is keeping its focus on internal controls and the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to police behavior and levy heavy fines and penalties. Using its authority to enforce regulations concerning company books, records and other "internal controls" means companies may find themselves in trouble not only for criminal conduct — such paying bribes — but for failing to detect illegal activity of their employees and foreign subsidiaries.
The White House is urging colleges and universities to take a more proactive approach to protecting students from sexual assault and recently announced new actions and guidelines in the first report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear a case brought by a group of temporary warehouse employees seeking pay for time spent going through mandatory security checks at the end of their work shifts. The workers are seeking back pay, overtime, and double damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) .
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently updated its answers to frequently asked questions from registered companies to provide additional guidance on disclosure requirements under its conflict minerals rule. The update clarifies the scope of corporate disclosure requirements related to whether their conflict minerals originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country (Covered Countries) and the role of independent auditors. Below is a summary of the guidance issued.
Two years after issuing its first payout under the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, aggressive collection efforts by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have recovered an additional $500,000 penalty in the case. Accordingly, the whistleblower who helped the SEC successfully prosecute the multi-million dollar fraud case will receive an additional $150,000.
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is currently in the midst of devising new regulations for colleges to broaden their reporting of campus crimes, as part of last year's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), including the new Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act).