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Managing the Modern Workplace
V&E International Labor & Employment Resources

Celebrate Freedom, Hug a Lawyer

“I have gone to jail for what I have said.” That’s what I was recently told by a lawyer from another country when he received a call from a reporter asking him to comment on a recent decision from one of his country’s courts. When I asked him how careful he had to be with what he said, he described his time spent in jail for statements he has made.

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A Monster of a Lesson on Managing Risks in Supply Chains

The worlds of shareholder activism and international human rights have converged to unleash a campaign against Monster Beverage Corporation. For some time now, shareholder activists have been pointing out that Monster Beverage uses sugar cane that is produced in many areas of the world where there have been concerns about modern slavery. Unlike some of its competitors, Monster Beverage apparently has not revealed much about its supply chain and has not performed any audits of that supply chain.

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Who Was Sergei Magnitsky and Why Should You Care?

Sergei Magnitsky was a Russian accountant who had the audacity to claim that large-scale  theft from the Russian government was carried out by Russian officials. Shortly after making these allegations, he was arrested and spent a year in prison in Russia without being charged for any crime. Ultimately, Magnitsky died in prison of various health ailments. An investigation authored by the Kremlin itself found that he had been given inadequate medical care and was assaulted shortly before his death. 

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  • 09
  • January
  • 2018

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Is a Modern Slavery Statement on Your Post-Holiday To-Do List?

We have written previously about the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (the “MSA”) and, in particular, how it applies to multinational businesses. But many companies, including those headquartered in the U.S. with operations in the UK, are still unaware of their obligations. The new year may be the right time to consider whether your company has met those obligations. For those that have already published their first statement, it may be time to update that statement. For those who have not yet published a statement, it is probably the right time to consider whether you are required to do so.

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  • 28
  • November
  • 2017

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Australia Follows Suit with Modern Slavery Reporting Requirements

Australia is set to be the next country to enact legislation to address modern slavery, after the recent publication of a Consultation Paper by the Australian Government (available to read in full here). The UK became the first country to require reporting of this kind through the Modern Slavery Act (the “MSA”), which came into effect in 2015 and appears to have been well received by the business community.

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It’s Time to Get Serious About International Human Rights

Take a look at your company’s website. When you do, is it quickly clear to you that your company is serious about its efforts to avoid violations of international human rights in its operations? If it is not, it is time to get to work on this issue. Governments, courts (legal and those of public opinion), and the markets are steadily showing less tolerance for companies whose operations either actively or through neglect create violations of internationally recognized human rights.

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Thomas H. Wilson

Thomas H. Wilson Partner

Christopher V. Bacon

Christopher V. Bacon Counsel

Sean Becker

Sean Becker Partner

Stephen M. Jacobson

Stephen M. Jacobson Partner

Martin C. Luff

Martin Luff Counsel

Lawrence S. Elbaum Partner

S. Grace Ho

S. Grace Ho Counsel

Robert Sheppard

Robert Sheppard Associate