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Baker & McKenzie

Independence day: the separate and equal compliance department

USA - June 23 2015 The question of where a compliance department should reside within the corporate configuration is getting significant attention by companies and

A frustrating employment contract: when does it end in the case of terminal illness?

Canada - June 22 2015 Employment contracts can be frustrating, but they can also be frustrated. The former is a simple fact of life, while the latter is a key principle of

SEC answers some conflict minerals reporting questions

USA - June 22 2015 On 7 April, the SEC staff issued nine new FAQs regarding conflict minerals reporting. These questions address some of the issues regarding the content

Aspect v. Higgins in the Supreme Court

United Kingdom - June 22 2015 Key point: UK construction contracts contain an implied term that the loser of an adjudication, having made payment as ordered by an adjudicator, has

Inside the FCPA: the corruption and compliance quarterly - Spring 2015

USA - June 23 2015 In February, yet another high-profile negotiated settlement between a company and a government agency was thrown into doubt after a judge refused to

Unfair terms laws to protect small business before Parliament

Australia - July 1 2015 The Treasury Legislation Amendment (Small Business and Unfair Contract Terms) Bill 2015 (the Bill) was introduced to the House of Representatives on

East Timor resumes CMTAS arbitration against Australia

Australia, East Timor - July 1 2015 The Timor-Leste v Australia case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) was officially discontinued on 11 June 2015. East Timor has stated it

Singapore - pharmaceuticals & healthcare newsletter, June 2015

Myanmar, Singapore - June 30 2015 The Bioethics Advisory Committee (BAC), a committee established by the Singapore Government, announced the release of its Ethics Guidelines for Human

UK pensions update - June 2015

United Kingdom - June 29 2015 The Chancellor announced at Prime Minister's Questions on 17 June 2015 that the Treasury will begin a consultation to ensure savers are treated

‘Essential duties’ and accommodation: how do you draw the line?

Canada - June 29 2015 Any employer who has faced an accommodation-related claim understands that assessing the scope and extent of their duty to accommodate is often a