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EEOC Roundup: June 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.

SEC Investigations Spur Debate over "Materiality" of Cyberattacks

Following a record year for data breach incidents — with eight breaches exposing over 10 million identities — the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is closely scrutinizing how those breaches were handled. Multiple recently-opened SEC investigations are focusing on the data security processes companies had in place when the breaches occurred and how much they disclosed — or failed to disclose — to investors about them.

OCC Report Highlights Risks Linked to Evolving Cyberthreats

According to the latest semi-annual risk report issued by the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), new methods of money laundering and a growth in both the volume and sophistication of electronic banking fraud have significantly increased the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and anti–money laundering (AML) risks faced by U.S. banks. Of particular concern is the potential of cybercriminals shifting from current disruptive attacks to those intended to cause destruction and corruption.

The 10 Most (and Least) Corrupt States in America

Corruption of state governments costs American taxpayers billions of dollars each year, according to a new study by researchers at Indiana University and City University of Hong Kong that reports on the risk of corruption and lack of accountability in all 50 states.

Store to Pay Up to $6.5 Million for Misclassifying Workers

A national home-improvement store recently agreed to pay thousands of California workers as much as $6.5 million for improperly labeling them independent contractors (IC) instead of employees.

Stay Tuned: Impact of Supreme Court Decision on ACA's Contraceptive Mandate Uncertain

It’s too soon to know the impact on the workplace of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision that certain businesses may opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement to pay for birth control in their healthcare plans if it violates their religious beliefs.

DOJ Fines Bank Record $9 Billion for OFAC Sanctions Violations

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently sent a strong message to international banks with a record penalty of nearly $9 billion on one of the world's largest banks for violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Cuba and Iran. DOJ also secured an unprecedented guilty plea from the French bank, as well as a ban on some of its dollar-clearing operations for 2015.

Employers Stand by Their Drug Policies as Marijuana Laws Gain Ground

Marijuana laws are undergoing a quick and radical transformation in the U.S. Currently, 20 states plus the District of Columbia allow the use of marijuana for medical reasons. Two states — Washington and Colorado — have legalized pot for adult recreational use. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that a majority of Americans (54%) support the legalization of marijuana.

Pregnancy Discrimination Is Focus of EEOC’s Updated Enforcement Guidance

On July 14, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, its first comprehensive update in 30 years. The guidance covers the requirements of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) and the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) to those with pregnancy-related disabilities.

10 Tips for Responding to a False Claims Act Investigation

An increase in government investigations and enforcement actions under the False Claims Act (FCA) and other federal laws can subject healthcare organizations, financial services firms, government contractors and others to enormous financial strain and reputational risk.

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