We are committed to creating cultures of integrity expanding through initiatives that help us strengthen ethics, compliance, and responsibility on a day-to-day basis with sustainable results. As a result we developed the Compliance Community Connect videos to help our clients and friends. Baker McKenzie Associate, Gerardo Calderon, talks about Antitrust in this second installment of Compliance Community Connect.
On 12 July the European Commission and the European External Actions Service (EEAS) published guidance on “due diligence for EU businesses to address the risk of forced labour in their operations and supply chains”. The non-binding guidance seeks to provide European companies with practical advice on the implementation of effective human rights due diligence practices to address forced labour risks in their supply chains.
Vietnam is projected to be the only ASEAN economy to report growth following the emergence of the global COVID-19 pandemic. With the ratification of the CPTPP, EVFTA, and entering into RCEP, coupled with the fallout from regional trade tensions, the country is poised as the next regional hub for logistics and manufacturing, energy production, agricultural production and distribution, and corporate investment.
On 26 March 2021, the government issued Decree No. 31/2021/ND-CP (“Decree No. 31”) guiding the implementation of the Investment Law 2020. The decree took effect on the same date. With nine chapters and 132 articles, Decree No. 31 provides detailed guidance on the implementation of the Investment Law (which took effect on 1 January 2021).
Pressure is mounting on US and multinational employers to require COVID-19 vaccines for employees, as the Delta variant spreads voraciously, spiking infections and hospitalizations across the country and forcing employers to once again shutter worksites or change their workplace safety protocols. But can (and should) employers mandate vaccination?
The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) has launched a set of Data Ethics Principles to guide the pharmaceutical industry on best practices for using data responsibly and sustainably.
While US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has allowed some flexibility for US employers over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the relaxed rules will no longer apply once employees are routinely and predictably in the office. Without this flexibility, employers must act quickly to (1) update I-9s completed during the pandemic pursuant to ICE’s flexible rules, and (2) put in place or refresh protocols for I-9 completion and maintenance in a workplace that is always changing with shifting post-pandemic norms.
On 26 July 2021, the European Commission published a set of long-awaited Q&A guidance on the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). On 26 July 2021, the European Commission published a set of long-awaited Q&A guidance on the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR). The guidance was published in response to a request for a clarity by the European Supervisory Authorities on a number of specific points, many of which reflected issues raised by market participants that were left struggling to apply the Level 1 text of the Regulation from March this year.
Conservatively estimated, one in four women will experience sexual harassment in the workplace at some stage during their working lifespan. The personal toll on these women – and those around them who deal with the secondary effects – is immense. The psychological impact of such harassment and victimization cannot be overstated. A recent study has undertaken the mammoth task of calculating the financial cost to women who are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. The findings are not only shocking but serve as a grim reminder that our quest for gender equality must incorporate actions aimed at eradicating sexual harassment as a main driver of workplace inequality.
On 2 July 2021, the Decree of the Ministry of Economy and Finance No. 100 of 30 April 2021 (“MEF Implementing Decree”) was published on the Official Journal of the Republic of Italy (Gazzetta Ufficiale). The MEF Implementing Decree (i) regulates the tasks attributed to the newly-established FinTech Committee, its functioning and composition, and (ii) provides a comprehensive framework for the FinTech experimentation, including setting out the requirements for participating to the Sandbox, the operational perimeter during the participation, and the regime for the termination of the experimentation.