US: New EEOC guidance for wellness programs

Large employers using wellness programs to reduce the cost of medical benefits must take care not to inadvertently violate various federal laws, including The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) and The Genetic… Read more

UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia… Read more

US: EEOC proposes regulation for employee wellness programs

Recently, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has brought several lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act against companies that have allegedly penalised employees for failure to enrol in wellness programs. According to the Commission, the alleged penalties essentially required… Read more

US: Supreme Court considers accommodations for pregnant employees

The US Supreme Court has heard oral argument on the question of whether, and in what circumstances, an employer providing work accommodations to non-pregnant employees with work limitations must provide comparable work accommodations to pregnant employees who are similar in… Read more

USA: Highest ever SEC whistleblower bounty awarded

On September 22, the SEC reported that it expected to provide an award of more than $30 million to a whistleblower who provided key information which led to a successful SEC enforcement action. The award is the highest made by… Read more

USA: Recent developments in US legislation on modern slavery

The recent introduction of the Federal Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Bill (H.R. 4842) on 11 June 2014 (the “Bill”) is the U.S. government’s latest initiative in developing its approach towards human rights protections in business. The… Read more