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Date: December 2016

Previously, we described national takeaways from California discrimination law that could apply to any employer in the United States. They still stand true. Similarly, a number of new California laws follow employment law trends throughout the United States. No matter where you operate, knowing what’s bubbling can help you to build an ethical and compliant […]

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The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) proposed Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies earlier this year, with an expected January 1, 2017 effective date. The effective date of the cybersecurity regulations has unofficially changed to March 1, 2017, according to Reuters and its “exclusive” source from the DFS. That likely won’t be […]

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Identity is a concept that applies beyond the realm of an individual—when in place within a company, a strong corporate identity can act as the foundation to success. A recent Gallup survey revealed that only 27% of U.S. employees believe in their company’s organizational values. Without a strong identity, employees and clients may feel lost […]

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During a rare rehearing of the sexual orientation discrimination case Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College before a full-court panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Posner reportedly asked the lawyer defending a college’s decision to deny full-time employment to a lesbian employee: “Who will be hurt if gays and lesbians have a […]

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On December 7, 2016, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that Jimmy John’s Enterprises LLC and Jimmy John’s Franchise LLC had agreed to stop using highly restrictive noncompete agreements and to notify former and current employees that the agreements would not be enforced. Noncompete agreements generally prohibit employees from working for a competitor or in […]

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In our previous post in our Corruption in Latin America series we examined what corruption looks like. We looked at data from Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions and international surveys reflecting perceptions of corruption. The data can be helpful when identifying possible risks and red flags, but there’s more to consider. Understanding the […]

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On December 6, 2016, the US Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion upholding a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the conviction of a grocer for insider trading based on a tip by a member of his extended family was proper. As we wrote in the “Update” section of a recent post, the Court […]

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Simply having a company code of conduct is not enough. Research has found that the process an organization follows to develop a code of conduct can impact its effectiveness (Schwartz, 2008). Researchers have also suggested that the implementation process is an important factor in creating an ethical culture. “Code of conduct” and “code of ethics” […]

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On Friday, November 25, 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) was the victim of a ransomware attack. Ransomware is malicious software that infiltrates computer systems or networks and uses tools like encryption to hold data “hostage” until the victim pays a ransom, which is frequently payment in Bitcoin. According to the San Francisco Examiner, […]

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Between the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to grant certiorari to US v. Newman, and signals the Justices gave during oral arguments in Salman v. US, it is unclear whether anyone other than close relatives and friends will be liable for insider trading based on information obtained from a tip, and to what extent the […]

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