The culture of compliance is being mainstreamed throughout all areas of companies. Companies’ growing concern for fulfilling the many legal requirements affecting their day-to-day activity increasingly calls for multidisciplinary legal advisory services encompassing different areas, such as criminal law, tax law and labor and employment. The objective is to mitigate, to the greatest extent possible, the potential risks of improper conduct within a company.
The highest administrative Court in Colombia -the “Consejo de Estado”- recently annulled several important rules regarding Cooperative Work Associations -known in Colombia as Cooperativas de Trabajo Asociado. Through a Decision emitted on the 19th of February, 2018, the Court declared articles 2, 4 -paragraphs first and third-, 5, 9 and 10 of Decree n°. 2025 of 2011 to be null and unenforceable. 
In its judgment of February 26, 2018, the Supreme Court modified the interpretation given by most experts and authorities and by the Directorate-General of Registries and the Notarial Profession in its decision dated June 17, 2016, ratified by the Barcelona Provincial Appellate Court in its decision 295/2017 of June 30, 2017, on the regulation of executive directors’ compensation.
The labor unions UGT and CCOO have called a general strike on March 8, 2018, to mark International Women’s Day. The purpose of the strike is to speak out against the inequality and discrimination women face in the employment market, particularly the pay gap, the chronic problem of female unemployment, gender violence and the dearth of measures to protect victims, especially in the employment arena, and the government’s gender equality policies.
In a matter referred by the Catalan High Court for a preliminary ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled, in its Judgment of February 22, 2018, that under Spanish legislation it is legal to dismiss a pregnant worker included in a collective layoff proceeding, provided that the criteria according to which the worker was included are objective and are unrelated to the pregnancy.