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Beltway Buzz, October 18, 2019

Ogletree Deakins • October 20, 2019
Washington Nationals Stay in the Fight. The Washington Nationals are heading to the World Series for the first time ever, and the Buzz is shocked—shocked!—that members of Congress are jumping on the bandwagon and looking to take advantage of the opportunity to fill their campaign coffers. And with their four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, the Nats disappointed not only the Redbirds, but also those politicians who scheduled their fundraisers for Game 5. Luckily, those lawmakers can reschedule (at a heftier price, no doubt), as Games 3, 4, and (if necessary) 5 of the World Series are slated to be played at Nationals Park.

California Bans Most Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

XpertHR • October 20, 2019
A new California law will effectively bar employers from entering into mandatory employment arbitration agreements with their employees. The measure, which takes effect January 1, also will prohibit retaliation against any employee who refuses to consent to an arbitration agreement.

California Updates its Data Breach Notification Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 20, 2019
On February 21, 2019, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) announced Assembly Bill 1130 which intended to strengthen and expand California’s existing data breach notification law. On September 11, 2019, the bill passed both houses of the legislature and was presented to Governor Gavin Newsom. Last Friday, October 11, 2019, the Governor signed AB 1130, together with 6 additional California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) related bills into law.

Pay the Piper – California Employers Pressed to Pay Arbitration Fees or Risk Harsh Consequences

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 20, 2019
California employers may face harsh consequences for failing to pay arbitration fees on time under a bill (Senate Bill 707) signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 13, 2019. The new law go into effect on January 1, 2020.

San Antonio Approves New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance Effective December 1, 2019

FordHarrison LLP • October 20, 2019
Executive Summary: As we have mentioned in our previous Legal Alert, the effective date of San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance was delayed until December 1, 2019, by agreement after a lawsuit was filed against the city. At the time, the city indicated that one of the reasons for this agreed delay was so that the city could revise the ordinance. Earlier this month, San Antonio’s City Council passed the now-called Sick and Safe Leave Benefits ordinance which, barring any legal action or a decision from the Texas Supreme Court, will go into effect December 1, 2019. Some key changes include:

Airline Alert: U.S. District Court Rules in Favor of Airline Flight Crew Employees on Paid Sick Leave Challenge

FordHarrison LLP • October 20, 2019
Executive Summary: On October 11, 2019, a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that Washington state’s paid sick leave law does not violate the Constitution or federal preemption law, thereby guaranteeing sick leave benefits for airline flight crew employees based in Washington.
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