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3 June 2013

SEC issues guidance on conflict minerals rules [US]

Author: Kimberley R. Anderson, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

On May 30, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its long anticipated guidance on the conflict minerals rules...The FAQs provide significant relief for certain kinds of manufacturers, particularly those in the food industry.....

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30 May 2013

Investors Support Conflict Minerals Rule

Author: Boston Common Asset Management

Investors representing $458.67 billion of assets under management released a statement...expressing their support for the "Conflict Minerals" final rule, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act...The statement...

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14 May 2013

ICO Concerned Over ‘Guesswork’ Surrounding EU Data Privacy Laws

Author: Tom Brewster, TechWeekEurope (UK)

The UK’s data protection watchdog has yet again raised concerns over controversial privacy laws drawn up in Brussels...The ICO is particularly worried about “guesswork” guiding the proposals, which include provisions to fine companies two percent of...

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23 April 2013

US & European companies concerned about effects & costs of proposed EU data protection law

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21 March 2013

Goldman wins ruling to arbitrate discrimination claim [USA]

Author: Nate Raymond, Reuters

Goldman Sachs…won a U.S. court order allowing it to send a former employee's gender discrimination claim to arbitration, rather than being forced to defend against her claims in a class action lawsuit…[T]he 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York...

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1 March 2013

EITI board raises bar on global standards to report natural resource revenues

Author: Stella Dawson, Trustlaw [UK]

The board of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative [EITI] has raised the global standard for countries to disclose in greater detail the revenues they receive from natural resource wealth. The decision…is designed to improve community access...

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21 January 2013

Even if It Enrages Your Boss, Social Net Speech Is Protected [USA]

Author: Steven Greenhouse, New York Times

As Facebook and Twitter become...central to workplace conversation...federal regulators are ordering employers to scale back policies that limit what workers can say online...Don’t discuss company matters publicly, a typical social media policy will...

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1 January 2013

[PDF] Ramping Up Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance — A Near-Term Checklist for Public and Private Companies

Author: Michael R. Littenberg & Farzad F. Damania, Schulte Roth & Zabel

The SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule...requires public companies to conduct supply chain diligence and make disclosures concerning specified minerals...Companies in the earlier stages of Conflict Minerals Rule compliance...should consider the following...

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21 November 2012

Company responses re lawsuit against SEC over final rule accompanying section 1502 of Dodd-Frank Act

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 22 August 2012 the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the final rule accompanying Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act...The rule requires companies using gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum to make efforts to determine if those materials...

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24 October 2012

Oil Company Lawsuit Against US Securities and Exchange Commission Threatens Global Transparency Initiative

Author: Publish What You Pay USA

[W]e are extremely disappointed that the American Petroleum Institute...along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others, has filed a lawsuit against the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, seeking to overturn oil and mineral payment...

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