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Airbnb Ethics Chief Moves On From Lodging Giant After Four Years

June 1, 2020, 11:02 AM

Airbnb Inc., which earlier this month announced plans to cut 25% percent of its workforce due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has now parted ways with its chief ethics officer and former general counsel.

Robert Chesnut, who joined Airbnb as its in-house legal chief in April 2016, told Bloomberg Law in a phone call Friday that his last day at the San Francisco-based online hospitality marketplace was May 27. He had previously posted on his LinkedIn profile about his exit.

“I’ll wake up tomorrow without a full time ‘day job’ for the first time since law school,” Chesnut wrote. “It feels great, and I couldn’t be more excited about the next chapter of my career—helping companies find purpose and drive #integrity into their culture.” Brian Baxter has the story

COMPLIANCE

Worker Safety, Privacy Clash as Temperature Checks Become Norm
Employers are poised to collect health data from their workforces daily as they adopt temperature checks and other screening protocols to fight the coronavirus, triggering concerns about workers’ privacy and whether the practices will continue beyond the pandemic.

SEC Is Scrutinizing Public Companies Granted Virus Relief Funds
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has started an inquiry into publicly traded companies that received coronavirus stimulus funds from the federal government, scrutinizing whether representations they made in loan applications were consistent with their disclosures to investors in securities filings, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Facebook Ran Multi-Year Charm Offensive to Woo State Prosecutors
Sheryl Sandberg’s schedule was packed as the Facebook Inc. chief operating officer arrived in Portland, Oregon, for a summer forum of state prosecutors who were meeting to talk shop and share ideas with one another.

Fast-Track Visa Processing Will Resume in June, Agency Says
Employers will once again have the option of fast-tracking employment-based visa petitions and green cards starting in June, nearly three months after those services were suspended.

Hospitals Walk Legal Tightrope as Workers Speak Out on Virus
Clashes between hospitals and employees who speak out about their fears and frustrations over the coronavirus—either in-house, publicly on social media, or in the press—has sparked a new litigation trend.

LA, Chicago Impose Virus-Inspired Layoff, Leave Mandates
Employers in Chicago face new worker leave mandates while some Los Angeles businesses will soon see limits on how they handle layoffs—examples of the employment ordinances cities are pursuing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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PRACTITIONER INSIGHTS

INSIGHT: The ‘New Normal’ in Labor Relations as Businesses Reopen
As businesses start reopening, it is critically important that employees are aware of the steps employers are taking to ensure their health and safety. Fisher Phillips attorneys say employers must establish clear lines of communication and demonstrate they are listening to employee concerns and responding appropriately, eliminating the need to involve an outside third-party to speak on their behalf.

INSIGHT: SEC Puts Supply Chain, Workforce Disclosures in Spotlight
The SEC’s focus on public company disclosure, particularly supply chain and workforce aspects, has grown during the Covid-19 pandemic. In Part 1 of a two-part series, Ballard Spahr attorneys examine SEC guidance and expectations for public companies and say companies can learn lessons from the Great Recession.

INSIGHT: Companies Must Prioritize Anti-Bribery Compliance During the Pandemic
Posted May 28, 2020, 4:01 AMUnder the pandemic, a relaxation of normal controls, a sense of urgency, and large amounts of money all combine to make a corruption-prone environment for companies that do business globally. Thompson Hine attorneys identify red flags and offer best practices to mitigate the risk of enforcement under the FCPA.

INSIGHT: Insurance Will Cover Coronavirus if Asbestos Lessons Prevail
Insurance claims related to Covid-19 are ongoing and potentially of huge magnitude. Paley Rothman attorneys say the insurance industry should apply lessons learned from years of asbestos litigation and lawsuits involving coverage for other types of exposures, and work with policyholders and Congress to craft a mechanism to resolve claims.

BUSINESS & PRACTICE

‘Star Wars’ Lawyer Transcends Sci-Fi to Join Real SpaceX Launch
A lawyer who helped move imaginary spacecraft across the universe is now part of the executive team at Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. that hopes to put a pair of real NASA astronauts in orbit.

Chewy’s Legal Chief Lands Massive Payday from Big IPO
Step aside Apple Inc. So long CVS Health Corp. Beyond Meat Inc.: this one’s for the dogs. When it comes to in-house legal pay packages, Chewy Inc. general counsel Susan Helfrick has jumped ahead of those companies to the top ranks for 2019.

Companies in Demand During Virus Outbreak Make Key Legal Hires
Telehealth startup 98point6 Inc.’s legal group has found itself in the enviable position of expanding during the past two months as employers embraced on-demand virtual health care technology.

LEGAL NEWS

Huawei CFO Stumbles in Effort to Block Extradition From Canada
Huawei Technologies Co. Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was so confident of her bid to end her U.S. extradition case that she posed with a victory sign last weekend in front of a Vancouver courthouse. Those hopes were dashed Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled the proceedings would continue, keeping her under house arrest.

Borealis Wins Reversal in Suit Over Buyout of Hunt’s Oncor Stake
Borealis Power Holdings Inc., not Sempra Energy, has the right to buy Hunt Consolidated Inc.'s tiebreaking state in a partial parent of Texas’s largest utility, Delaware’s top court ruled, reversing a Chancery Court judge.

Ares Fined Over Employee’s Role on a Portfolio Firm’s Board
Ares Management will pay $1 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims that it failed to ensure that an employee placed on a portfolio company’s board wasn’t able to trade on nonpublic information about the firm.

Wynn Resorts Fights Off Investor Suit on Harassment Allegations
Wynn Resorts Ltd. beat a would-be securities class suit accusing it of misleading investors about sexual misconduct allegations against founder Steve Wynn, after a Nevada federal district judge dismissed the case.

Credit Suisse Takes Fight Over Spy Investigator to Top Court
Credit Suisse Group AG has asked the Swiss Supreme Court to review whether the lawyer leading a probe into a spy scandal should be removed because of an alleged conflict of interest.

Ex-Apple Lawyer’s Insider-Trading ‘Hail Mary’ Opposed by U.S.
A former Apple Inc. lawyer is making a bogus “Hail Mary” argument that insider-trading charges against him are unconstitutional, U.S. prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey.

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

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To contact the reporter on this story: John Nancarrow in Washington at jnancarrow@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Seth Stern at sstern@bloomberglaw.com