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Jewelers Vigilance Committee to Offer Webinar Series on Legal Risks

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Jewelers Vigilance Committee will launch a live webinar series in May. This series is designed to help members of our industry avoid legal risks and implement legally compliant business practices. The sessions: 

KEEPING SEXUAL HARASSMENT OUT OF YOUR BUSINESS                                                                                     

Tuesday, May 15, 2 p.m. – 2:45 pm (EDT)

This webinar will provide an overview of anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, discuss the basics of what constitutes sexual harassment, how to prevent claims of sexual harassment, and how to handle employee complaints of sexual harassment. Presented by JVC’s senior counsel, Sara Yood.

SYNTHETICS: DECODING YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES                        

Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (EDT)

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This webinar will provide an overview of what jewelers need to understand about laboratory-grown diamonds. Use this webinar to inform your business decision around when, how and if to carry laboratory-grown diamond products. Learn about your responsibilities when it comes to advertising these products in different mediums (e.g., print, online, social media), how to ensure your suppliers are giving you the disclosures you need to conduct your business ethically, options around machine testing, and how to talk to customers about these products. Presented by JVC’s president/CEO, Tiffany Stevens.

AML REFRESHER
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (EDT)

This webinar will help you understand the latest news regarding AML compliance. The IRS is stepping up enforcement of the requirement that precious metals and gem dealers have active anti-money laundering programs in their business. It may also be a requirement from your bank, your own customers/suppliers, or an external third party. Presented by JVC’s senior counsel, Sara Yood.

NEW TECH IN AN OLD WORLD: PRIVACY, DATA PROTECTION & CYBERSECURITY LAW

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m. – 2:45 pm (EST)

Whether you have a small brick and mortar business or a large online retail business, chances are that you are subject to U.S. and foreign privacy laws and vulnerable to a wide range of cybersecurity threats. Tune in for a general overview of privacy laws currently in existence (both U.S. and European) and tips on how to comply with these laws. This webinar will also cover general tips on how to protect your business from privacy and cybersecurity threats. Presented by JVC’s assistant general counsel, Miya Owens.

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The webinars are free to members. The non-member fee is $25. Click here for information or call 212-997-2002.

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