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On 7 May 2019, the DOJ issued Guidelines for Taking Disclosure, Cooperation, and Remediation into Account in False Claims Act Matters, which identify various factors that the Department will consider in issuing credit to companies that voluntarily disclose misconduct that could serve as the basis for False Claims Act violations, or companies that otherwise cooperate in ensuing investigations.
When the Employment Act (Amendment) Bill was released in October 2018, the issue that sparked the most discussion was the ability for an employee to bring wrongful dismissal claims against the employer (i.e., a claim that the dismissal was "without just cause or excuse")
On 10 April 2019, the Monetary Authority of Singapore issued a consultation paper on the Proposed Payment Services Regulations.
Listed PLCs' preparations are well underway for compliance with the 2018 Corporate Governance Code. Preparation for compliance with The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 is much less advanced, largely due to continued uncertainty as to their scope and, in particular, whether they apply to listed PLCs and their groups at all.
On 12 March 2019, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Strengthening Corporate And Financial Sector Penalties) Act 2019 received assent after passing both houses of Parliament. Commencement of most provisions has occurred. Treasury stated that its intention is to arm our financial services regulators with the powers needed to take strong action to protect consumers and to deter and prosecute corporate and financial sector misconduct.
As the Government reforms requiring very large private companies to report on their corporate governance arrangements come into force, over a quarter of the affected companies surveyed say that they are still struggling to implement the changes necessary to comply..
On April 30, 2019, the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski, announced the publication of an updated version of the Department's Guidance Document on Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs.
On 15 March 2019, the National People’s Congress of the People's Republic of China passed the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China. The Foreign Investment Law will come into effect on 1 January 2020.