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Stricter Cal/OSHA Standard on Lead Exposure Expected in September 2020

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 22, 2019
On June 27, 2019, California Governor Newsom approved Senate Bill 83. This budget bill contained a provision setting a September 30, 2020 deadline for Cal/OSHA to adopt a revised lead exposure standard. The bill requires Cal/OSHA to “revise the lead standards for purposes of general industry safety orders and construction safety orders, consistent with scientific research and findings.”

Illinois Expands State Human Rights Act to Include Employers with One or More Employees

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 22, 2019
An amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) expands the definition of “employer” from employers with at least 15 employees to those with one or more employees.

New York Expands The Data Breach Umbrella: More Cybersecurity Incidents Will Require Breach Compliance From Businesses Who Possess Private Information For New York Residents

Fisher Phillips • August 21, 2019
On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Anthony Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (SHIELD Act) into law. The Act creates additional protections for the residents of New York and their private information. It also endeavors to improve cybersecurity measures for those who possess private information about New York residents.

California Employers Should Monitor These 10 Critical Bills as the Legislative Year Comes to a Close

Fisher Phillips • August 21, 2019
As the 2019 legislative year is about to come to a close, there are a number of critical labor and employment proposals still making their way to Governor Newsom’s desk. With just four short weeks remaining for the Legislature to pass bills, there will be a flurry of activity as everyone watches to see which bills cross the finish line on or before the September 13 deadline.

Oregon Governor Signs Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 21, 2019
Oregon’s paid family and medical leave law was signed by Governor Kate Brown on August 9, 2019. Eligible workers will be permitted to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave under the new law beginning January 1, 2023.

California’s New Hairstyle Antidiscrimination Law May Signal the Beginning of a National Trend

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 20, 2019
Signaling a growing movement to align culturally inclusive practices with legal protections, California has become the first state to expressly ban discrimination based on hairstyle and hair texture associated with a person’s race. On July 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsome signed into law Senate Bill No. 188, the Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act (CROWN Act).

The New York SHIELD Act: What Employers Need To Know

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • August 19, 2019
As mega-breaches heighten concern about the security of personal information and a federal solution does not appear forthcoming, New York recently joined the growing list of states imposing their own security obligations on businesses. On July 26, 2019, New York’s governor signed the “Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security” (SHIELD) Act, requiring businesses to implement safeguards for the “private information” of New York residents and broadening New York’s security breach notification requirements.

San Francisco Employers May Have to Pay More in Paid Parental Leave Benefits in 2020

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 19, 2019
As Bay Area employers are well aware, San Francisco has several local employment-related ordinances that provide additional benefits to individuals performing work within the geographical boundaries of the City. One such benefit is paid parental leave.

Illinois Rolls Out Multiple New Employment Law Requirements

XpertHR • August 19, 2019
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed broad legislation that will significantly impact employment practices in the Land of Lincoln. The measure rolled together several bills that had been proposed separately during the legislative session covering nondisclosure agreements, sexual harassment training, leave for domestic violence victims and workplace safety, among other topics.

New Notification Requirements in New York for Healthcare Providers Facing a Cybersecurity Incident

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 18, 2019
On August 12, Mahesh Nattanmai, New York’s Chief Health Information Officer, issued a notice letter (“the notice”) on behalf of the New York State Department of Health (“Department”) requiring healthcare providers to use a new notification protocol for informing the Department of a potential cybersecurity incident. The updated protocol is considered effective immediately from a healthcare provider’s receipt of the notice letter.
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