Monthly Archives: August 2013

EEOC Getting Pushback on Its Criminal Background Checks Policy. Can We or Can’t We?

For more than a year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has pushed employers to stop using background checks – which the agency says unfairly discriminate against minorities – to screen job candidates. Now judges and state officials have begun to push back. Here’s a roundup of recent updates on challenges to the EEOC’s policy against… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Big Data, Broker-Dealers, Graphene Inventions, Arbitration Agreements

Go ahead, pour yourself another cup. It’s Friday after all, and the world can wait while you sip your coffee and read your JD Supra Corporate Brief: Big data creates big dangers for consumer privacy, says the FTC chair… (Ropes & Gray) Here’s one lawyer’s take on the evolution of white collar crime prosecution over… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: China Antitrust, Government Overreaching, Wellness Programs, TCPA Rules

We thought he’d never stop talking… On this day in 1957, Senator Strom Thurmond ended the 24 hour and 18 minute filibuster he began a day earlier in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The bill passed shortly after, and was signed into law on September 9 by President Eisenhower. As it turns… Read more »

What All Multinationals Can Learn from the Glaxo China Trouble

“This is the first time that the Chinese have enforced their domestic anti-corruption laws against western corporations doing business in China. It makes clear that doing business the ‘old fashioned way’ in China through bribery and corruption will no longer be tolerated.” (Thomas Fox) The story is unfortunately all too common – major multinational accused… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Fracking Rule Comments, Commercial Crime Insurance, SOX Whistleblower Protections, Retail Energy Contracts

Register for email updates, and you’ll never go looking for the JD Supra Corporate Brief again. It’s as easy as click, type, send… The BLM’s proposed rules for fracking on public lands garnered substantial attention: more than 1,000,000 comments’ worth, to be exact… (BakerHostetler) India’s accession to the Madrid Protocol means that trademark registrations in… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cybersecurity Questions, India Investments, Online Taxes, OREO Properties

Sign up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief today – your inbox will thank you… Want to prevent cybersecurity problems at your company? Get the answers to these 36 questions… (Sheppard Mullin) The Indian government has approved retail investment applications from IKEA, Pavers, Fossil, Decathlon and Le Creuset… (DLA Piper) States continue… Read more »

Expensive Lessons in Privacy Law: Affinity Health Pays $1.2 Million for Not Erasing Photocopier Hard Drives

Earlier this month, Affinity Health Plan agreed to pay the Department of Health and Human Services more than $1.2 million to settle violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy and security rules. Affinity – a not-for-profit managed care plan – failed to erase the protected health information of nearly 350,000 individuals… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Photocopier Secrets, FATCA Effects, Cloud Cybersecurity, Anti-Kickback Statutes

The bad news: It’s Monday. The good news: there’s a long weekend coming up. The law news: What happens in your photocopier better not stay in your photocopier… (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) Will FATCA do more harm than good? (Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph) The NIST cloud computing cybersecurity guidelines for federal agencies provide a… Read more »

Botnets, Cyber Weapon Controls, White House Incentives, and More – What We’re Reading in Cybersecurity Now

Here’s a quick look at what’s grabbing our attention right now on JD Supra. Recent updates on the myriad risks, concerns, and legal developments around cybersecurity and data protection: White House Posts Preliminary Cybersecurity Incentives (Proskauer): “On August 6, 2013 the White House posted its preliminary list of incentives encouraging the adoption of cybersecurity best… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cyber Technology, FLSA Lawsuits, Proxy Advisors, LIBOR Litigation

The largest farm worker strike in the history of the United States, known as the Salad Bowl strike, was started on August 23, 1970, by César Chavéz. Exporting cyber technology products and services could become more difficult in both the US and Europe… (Sheppard Mullin) It’s a small(er) world, after all… (BakerHostetler) Cybersecurity is an… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Patent Trolls, Powdered Milk, FATCA Registration, George Clooney

Go on, pour yourself a nice tall mug of law news for the ride into work. You’ll be glad you did… Could it be that some patent trolls play an important role in the country’s economic growth? (Burns & Levinson) Canada is cracking down on corruption. Time to clean up your act, eh? (Morrison &… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Law: China Princelings, Ethical Practices, FRAND Disputes, Venture Financings

Wednesdays get a raw deal: the spelling / pronunciation discord, the embarrassing “hump day” nickname, those orphaned mid-week holidays… But it’s not all bad – they also get their own JD Supra Corporate Brief: So what’s the big deal about hiring “princelings” in China, anyway? (Michael Volkov) As it turns out, a state insurance commissioner’s… Read more »

HR in Hollywood, Background Checks, Holiday Parties, and Whistleblowers – It’s What We’re Reading Now

Whoever said “the more things change, the more they stay the same” couldn’t have been talking about employment law. Here’s a roundup of recent commentary and analysis we’re reading now on legal issues in the workplace: Investigations By Human Resources Professionals: The 10 Pitfalls To Avoid HR Life and Law in Hollywood Be Careful With… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Health Care Acquisitions, Price Fixing Sentences, National Security Reviews, Collecting Whistleblower Awards

On this day in 1993, the Oslo Accords were signed in Norway between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat. Just what the doctor ordered: a successful health care acquisition (DLA Piper) Fix prices and go to jail… (Foley & Lardner) Chinese investors can learn a lot from the 2013… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Bribery Act, Dodd-Frank, FMLA Abuse, Penny Stocks

Expecting a busy week? Get your daily fix of business law news delivered straight to your inbox and you’ll have one less thing to worry about… Sign up here>> There’s a first time for everything: the Serious Fraud Office just charged three individuals with violating the UK Bribery Act… (Pillsbury) Has Dodd-Frank been worth it?… Read more »