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Compliance Benchmark: Quantifying the Fundamentals

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Various countries and their compliance-enforcing agencies request that companies have "adequate" compliance programs and organizations. But what does that mean? One option to determine...

It’s All in the Genes: Genetic Discrimination in the Canadian Workplace

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Most employers are familiar with the prohibitions against discrimination that exist in human rights legislation throughout Canada.  At the centre of the legislative web...

US SEC Sets Sights on Commercial Bribery Using FCPA Accounting Provisions

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Recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) enforcement actions and related commentary from Commission leadership demonstrate the SEC’s intent to penalize companies paying commercial...

US Government Issues New Executive Order Targeting Venezuela

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On 9 March 2015, US President Barack Obama issued a new Executive Order(“Order”) authorizing the imposition of sanctions targeting Venezuela in response to the Venezuelan...

The US SEC Speaks 2015: Considerations for Foreign Private Issuers

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The United States Securities & Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) recently held its annual "SEC Speaks" conference in Washington, DC on February...

Before The Whistle Blows: Recent Developments and Best Practices for Effective Whistleblowing Programs

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Currency of information: Spring 2014 News about whistleblowers has been prominent once again during the first half of 2014, both in legal circles and...

The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines in FCPA Matters: Understanding the True Impact on Settlement Discussions

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Currency of information: Spring 2014 The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines (“Guidelines”) play an important, and often misunderstood, role in the final resolution of Foreign Corrupt...

US: New Customs Requirements for the Import from Cuba

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On Thursday, February 26, 2015, US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a public notice on its website regarding the procedures for importations from Cuba recently...

Canada: Ontario Securities Commission Proposes a Framework for a New Whistleblower Program

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On February 3, 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC“) released a staff consultation paper which outlines a proposed framework for an OSC Whistleblower Program. The...

Global Trends – Labour Rights & The Rise of Social Compliance Obligations for Multinationals

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Increasingly, legislators in a variety of jurisdictions have been placing social reporting obligations on multinational employers, particularly in relation to corporate efforts to combat...
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