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Council extends EU sanctions against Iran

On 11 April 2017, the Council extended EU sanctions against Iran, which will now be in place until 13 April 2018.

African Competition Law Update

Competition regulators may have active competition law enforcement, regional laws that relate to competition law enforcement or regional laws that promote competition between member states. We highlight the most notable developments in regional competition law.

South Africa Employment Insight: Not Quite The Apprentice, But Certainly Not Suits

The processes related to workplace discipline often confound employees. Whether this is the result of lapping up Suits or Law & Order is an open question, but we frequently see employees misconceiving their rights and obligations when faced with allegations of wrongdoing in the workplace. Employees do their cause more harm than good when labouring under misapprehensions on the nature of workplace discipline.

New Developments from the desk of the Israeli Antitrust Authority

This post discusses the Israeli Antitrust Authority's draft statement concerning its policy in relation to resale price maintenance arrangements, and the methodology draft for the examination of economy-wide concentration, which will be implemented within the framework of the Committee for the Reduction of Concentration Activities.

China Climbs Four Places in Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index

Transparency International has launched its latest 2016 Corruption Perception Index. China’s ranking continues to improve, moving up by four places from last year’s rank of 83 to a rank this year of 79. Find out more about the other highlights.

Baker McKenzie launches Global Anti-Corruption Risk Map

Baker McKenzie has created a one of its kind Anti-Corruption Risk-Map. The risk maps provide information on primary anti-corruption legislation and enforcement agencies, offences, defences and penalties in 55 countries.

Mind the (Wage) Gap: Assessing Unfair Discrimination in Wage Policies in South Africa

Recently, thousands of female employees across Iceland went to work as usual… but only until 14:38. They left their male counterparts, disregarding normal working hours that would have seen them at their desks until 17:00. Why leave work early, and why at that specific time?

The new global anti-bribery standard – how will your company measure up?

After several years of development, involving input from over 50 countries, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has finally published ISO 37001: Anti-Bribery Management Systems Standard - a new international standard designed to assist organisations worldwide in implementing and maintaining effective anti-bribery systems.

U.S. Treasury Department Publishes Additional Clarifications For Iran Sanctions Relief Measures

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Relating to the Lifting of Certain U.S. Sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

South Africa: A second bite at the cherry may not taste as sweet

Employers, dissatisfied with the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, often wonder if a harsher sanction can be imposed in an internal appeal hearing.

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