By and and and  on May 20, 2013

North American retailers are standing firm in their resistance to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, even as pressure from investment groups for participation mounted and Secretary of State John Kerry heard from his Bangladeshi counterpart on the country’s moves to improve factory safety and workers’ rights.

The National Retail Federation Friday turned to an expert on international labor law to explain its resistance to the accord. As officials continued to sort out the damage from the latest factory tragedy outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the NRF held a conference call with Johan Lubbe, U.S. practice cochair for international employment law at the law firm Littler Mendelson in which he laid out his questions about jurisdictional, liability and enforceability elements of the Bangladesh accord.

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