Emerging Issues

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    LinkedIn Recruiter to introduce ‘Diversity Nudges’

    The feature will offer filter recommendations for recruiters when a given talent pool is unbalanced, LinkedIn said.

    By Kathryn Moody • Aug. 11, 2022
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    The ascendancy of the chief legal officer

    CLOs have become entrepreneurial big-picture policy strategists as legal affairs have gained prominence in C-suite operations.

    By John Roemer • Aug. 9, 2022
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    SEC should require global tax disclosure: transparency group

    Spotty public disclosure by U.S. companies on foreign tax risk may erode investor confidence and increase the odds of financial market instability.

    By Jim Tyson • Aug. 9, 2022
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    Congress opens can of worms with 15% minimum tax based on book income

    Executives might need to take a hard look at how pay is structured as tax changes impact financial reporting.

    By Aug. 9, 2022
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    Gender pay progress seen for some in-house positions

    For certain legal department positions below the GC/CLO-level, the average pay for women matches or exceeds that of men.

    By Aug. 8, 2022
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    Nike to release DEI pay data following board pressure

    Investors reportedly were concerned Nike might be seen as inconsistent in its external marketing image and its internal policies and practices.

    By Caroline Colvin • Aug. 4, 2022
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    Over-reliance on parent a big part of $30M security penalty on Robinhood’s crypto operation

    At one time the company had a backlog of almost 4,400 suspicious activity alerts, New York’s financial services regulator said.

    By Aug. 4, 2022
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    Bonuses drive gender pay gap among GCs

    Two recent reports from search firms found that male legal chiefs far outpace women in bonus pay while there is less disparity in base pay. 

    By Aug. 3, 2022
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    CFOs look for consistency, transparency in emerging sustainability requirements

    CFOs globally are asking for added transparency and more consistency as regulatory bodies gear up to publish sustainability reporting standards later this year.

    By Grace Noto • Aug. 3, 2022
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    Publishing giants to challenge DOJ’s ‘made-for-litigation’ market in antitrust trial

    The government is focusing on a merger’s impact on a segment of the labor market, but that segment isn’t a real thing, defense attorneys say.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
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    J.P. Morgan’s copy-and-paste job no good as identity-theft policy, SEC says

    In its claim, the Securities and Exchange Commission took issue with the company’s written policy, not its actual response to risks.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    Large companies partner to improve diversity in IP law

    Amazon, Google and Microsoft are among those partnering with LOT Network to advance DEI through information and mentorship.

    By July 29, 2022
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    Wage info-sharing at center of DOJ poultry company antitrust probe

    Federal antitrust officials began looking into compensation practices of processors after a merger was announced between two of the largest players in the sector.

    By July 26, 2022
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    How to operationalize a data privacy program

    LinkSquares' legal chief said in-house teams should work closely with colleagues to implement and test data security measures.

    By July 22, 2022
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    Sweeping federal data privacy law gains steam

    The American Data Privacy and Protection Act, which is likely to pass the House and stands a chance of passing the Senate, includes a limited private right of action for violations and preempts much of, but not all, state laws.

    By July 22, 2022
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    C-suite savvy key to digital transformation success, McKinsey says

    Companies succeeding in a digital transformation outperform their peers by focusing on customer engagement and innovation.

    By Jim Tyson • July 21, 2022
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    GCs face limits as Calif. privacy law constrains operational flexibility

    The California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) doesn’t just impose rules on the use of consumer data; it mandates design features to stop the use of so-called dark patterns.

    By July 20, 2022
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    California gun law an end-around to hold manufacturers liable

    A.B. 1594 focuses on practices that wink and nod at the illegal use of products as a way to go after companies without violating their federal liability protection. 

    By July 14, 2022
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    Employers must now justify COVID-19 testing, EEOC says

    Previously, the agency said the ADA always permitted employer worksite coronavirus testing.

    By Kate Tornone • July 14, 2022
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    Federal foreign corruption focus puts spotlight on third-party partners

    Some 90% of problems stem from the middle-men that companies hire for help in high-risk countries, making controls key to compliance.  

    By July 13, 2022
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    SEC asked Citi for more detail on Russia exposure

    The regulator wanted the bank to list any harm to assets or valuation, as well as the impact the bank has felt from supply chain disruption, heightened cybersecurity risks or volatility in the trading price of commodities.

    By Dan Ennis • July 12, 2022
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    Upheaval at SpaceX: What employers can learn

    Employers need to walk the talk when it comes to hearing out workers, experts said — or else workers may take more public avenues to vent their concerns.

    By Carla Bell • July 12, 2022
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    As companies look to joint ventures, how deals are structured becomes key

    Unlike in the past, negotiations today are more likely to cover restructurings and exits.

    By July 8, 2022
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    Litigation terrain getting trickier for negative-option subscription companies

    Having a process for notifying customers their subscription will automatically renew might not be enough to protect you as rules on cancellation processes get more detailed. 

    By July 7, 2022
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    Litigation funding seen as strategic tool for pursuing lawsuits

    Now more mainstream, the specialized financing gives general counsel a way to go after damages they might otherwise leave on the table, a specialist in the field says. 

    By July 1, 2022