Speaking recently at the American Conference Institute’s 30th International Conference, US regulators highlighted the trend toward more vigorous international enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and other anti-corruption laws. Representatives from both the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stated that more than 150 FCPA investigations are underway, noted new developments in cross-border cooperation and reaffirmed their commitment to prosecuting individuals as well as corporate entities.
Workplace stress is the number one risk to employee health, according to a survey conducted by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. Stress can significantly affect an individual's physical health and emotional well-being, harm workplace performance and hamper overall business performance. Yet even though employers understand the connection between stress and productivity, only 15% make improving the emotional/mental health of employees a top priority of their health and productivity programs.
In August 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) adopted new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and persons with disabilities.
In data-breach class-action lawsuits, plaintiffs' biggest problem often is convincing the court that the unauthorized disclosure of their personal information caused some type of injury. Often they cannot and this leads the court to dismiss their case on the ground that plaintiffs lack standing to sue.
Many parts of the world are like the Wild West when it comes to bribery and other forms of corruption — it's rough and tumble and anything goes. This is beginning to change, however slowly, due to the trend toward globalization of anti-corruption enforcement efforts.
Holiday office parties are an occasion for festivity and relaxing with co-workers, but employees should not relax too much; they should be on guard to avoid conduct that might create office tension or awkwardness the next day. Managers and other employees are more likely to repeat than to forget the off-color remark that slipped out during an unguarded moment.
Many perils await organizations whose employees lead them into the subterranean world of foreign bribery of public officials — and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is just one of them.
Despite the financial sector's huge investment in anti-money laundering (AML) programs, "AML drift" continues to result in substantial fines and regulatory action against US and foreign banks, according to new report by PwC.
A recent study by ThreatTrack Security found malware analysts are better equipped to protect against cyber-attacks but continue to face internal challenges to network defense. Additionally, many organizations are not disclosing data breaches to the customers, partners and others who entrusted their data to them.
Beginning January 30, 2014, employers with more than four workers must provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and new mothers under the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (NYCPWFA). The amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) broadens existing employer accommodation requirements with respect to employee pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions.