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 Bill builds on the California Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act, which … Read more

USA: US Federal Appeals Court holds that the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions do not apply extraterritorially

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Liu Meng-Lin v. Siemens AG, 13-4385-cv (2d Cir. N.Y. Aug. 14, 2014) upheld a lower-court's decision to grant Defendant Siemens' motion to dismiss a claim alleging wrongful termination brought by Taiwanese resident, Liu Meng-Lin, a former employee of Siemens China. The Second Circuit held that the … Read more

UK: Discrimination – jurisdiction where British national works overseas

The EAT has ruled for a second time that the principle that UK laws which are derived from EU law (such as discrimination law) must be construed as permitting claims by British nationals in England, where English law is the proper law of the contract, only applies where the employee works in the EU. The … Read more