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Modern-Day Slavery

Acts Around the World

There are specific legal risks for companies in various Countries that may arise from federal contracting regulations and possible anti-money laundering implications. More important, however, is the reputational risk for global companies that may fail to implement basic hiring and employment controls to avoid human trafficking. Companies have to monitor and regulate their supply chains to avoid the serious harm from human trafficking and possible hiring or facilitation of hiring of human trafficking victims.

For example, since March 2015, every company with a United States government contract must comply with US regulations governing human trafficking. Companies that have a contract over $500,000 must implement a specific compliance program and certify each year to compliance.

Companies that fail to comply face civil and/or criminal liability, and are exposing themselves to whistleblower complaints and False Claims Act prosecutions.

As in many other areas, companies have to implement robust compliance programs to detect and prevent human trafficking by third-party agents and subcontractors that may recruit potential employees from overseas or may use such employees in overseas positions. This requirement extends to monitoring and auditing of third-party agents and subcontractors for compliance with human trafficking prohibitions.

Learn more about the list of existing Legislations and Regulations by Countries and States below:

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