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Proposed Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme to shine light on foreign interests lobbying
Insight 20 Dec 2017

The Federal Government has introduced into Parliament legislation that if passed will create the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme which will require persons and entities who have arrangements with or undertake activities for foreign principals to meet certain registration obligations The scheme ...

Australian Modern Slavery Act: Final Report recommends mandatory supply chain reporting with penalties for non-compliance
Insight 14 Dec 2017

After a year-long inquiry a parliamentary committee has recommended that Australia establish a Modern Slavery Act including mandatory reporting for large businesses on modern slavery risks in their operations and supply chains The introduction of a Modern Slavery Act is set to be a game-changer with ...

Christmas comes early for the AFP and CDPP: Bill introduced to reform foreign bribery laws and introduce DPA scheme
Insight 08 Dec 2017

The Australian Government has introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment Combatting Corporate Crime Bill 2017 into the Senate which if passed into law will significantly strengthen Australias foreign bribery laws and introduce a Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme for resolving corporate criminal ...

Significant overhaul of measures to combat corporate crime
Insight 06 Dec 2017

Today the Federal Government will introduce legislation that will significantly overhaul Australias foreign bribery laws and will also establish a deferred prosecution regime that is intended to provide an incentive for companies to self-report a range of serious white-collar crime matters The ...

Draft whistleblower legislation puts onus on big business
Insight 25 Oct 2017

Big business should be aware of mandatory publishing requirements for whistleblower policies and a reverse onus of proof for compensation which is among a raft of whistleblower reforms contained in draft legislation released following a Senate inquiry report Partner Rachel Nicolson and Associate ...

Senate calls for rewards and increased protections for whistleblowers
Insight 03 Oct 2017

A broadened definition of whistleblower reforms to establish greater protections for whistleblowers and increased sanctions for retaliatory conduct are some of the recommendations by a Senate committee looking into whistleblower protections in the corporate public and not-for-profit sector We expect ...

Supply chains and modern slavery: reporting on the rise
Insight 18 Sep 2017

The release of the Attorney-Generals consultation paper on modern slavery in supply chains and the recent interim inquiry report on establishing an Australian Modern Slavery Act reflect how international standards around corporate respect for human rights are becoming enshrined in law Australian ...

Australian Government proposes new foreign bribery offences
Insight 07 Aug 2017

Australias lack of enforcement of foreign bribery legislation has attracted increasing criticism in recent years but the Federal Government is expected to soon table legislation proposing wide-ranging reforms We look at two key proposed changes for Australian companies ...

Shakeup to EU data protection regulations - impact on Australian businesses
Insight 23 Jun 2017

Australian businesses that offer goods and services to individuals within the European Union will be affected by new EU data protection regulations that offer the biggest shakeup to European privacy law for 20 years Partner Michael Park Senior Associate Alice Williams and Paralegals Phoebe St John ...

Human rights: The questions your board and executives should be asking
Insight 21 Jun 2017

Australian boards and senior executives are expected to maintain oversight of risk and compliance issues such as bribery sanctions human rights and anti-money laundering In-house counsel perform a central role in supporting this oversight and maintaining compliance In the last of a five-part series ...