The California legislature has passed, and Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law, a bill known as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “Act”), which imposes significant privacy-related obligations on entities that do business in that state. The bill was quickly passed so that sponsors of a much more stringent California ballot initiative would withdraw their proposal (public support for which was polling high) just as it was about to be certified for November, avoiding the potential for companies to have been subject to even tougher rules. Some have called the Act “GDPR-light” since it implements many similar concepts from the new European law.
Monthly Archives: July 2018
On June 28, 2018, California legislated into law A.B. 375, otherwise known as the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“California Privacy Act”). Effective January 1, 2020, among other requirements, the law will expand privacy rights of California consumers as well as require businesses to disclose the what, why, and how consumers’ personal information are being used. Failure to comply with these new laws could be costly to businesses with civil penalties resulting from an action by the state attorney general of up to $7,500 per violation. In addition, in the event of a breach of personal information, the California Privacy Act provides consumers with statutory damages of no less than $100 and no more than $750 per consumer per incident, or actual damages, whichever is greater. Therefore, the California Privacy Act will have a significant impact on businesses, including the healthcare sector.
Is your company prepared for #MeToo? ILN experts from 16 jurisdictions weigh in on sexual harassment laws in the workplace.
Is your company prepared for #MeToo? The ILN’s Labor & Employment group has put together a collaborative paper on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, which serves as a quick and practical reference for those with relevant labor needs in the 16 jurisdictions covered. Please see the full paper here.
Long-time readers of Zen may remember when we first started talking about the future of the law firm and the idea of “SmartLaw” in 2016, when HighQ asked the question “What do you believe lawyers and law firms need to do to prepare for the future of legal services?” Over the course of several posts, we delved into the answers of a number of industry experts, which supported the idea that clients, culture, and technology would be key.
Many physicians and other health care workers are familiar with restrictive covenants like non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements, either as employees who have been asked to sign such covenants as a condition of their employment or as business owners seeking to enforce such covenants to protect their medical practices from competition. These covenants are usually designed to prohibit physicians or other practitioners from leaving and setting up a competing practice nearby using patient contacts, information, and/or training that they received during their employment or association with the former employer.
NSW Supreme Court decides that MAS cannot modify the treatment dispute which is referred for assessment
Her Honour Justice, Adamson SC of the NSW Supreme Court, delivered Judgment in the matter of Insurance Australia Limited v Kong Lai Kai NSWSC 958, on Friday, 22 June 2018.
1. Demystifying ICOs.
Initial Coin Offerings (or “ICOs”) as a means of fundraising has steadily becoming the new normal in this digital age for start-ups looking to fund new projects (and sometimes for creation of a new cryptocurrency). One of the most common cited example of successful ICOs is that of the now famous cryptocurrency Ether which was the result of the Ethereum ICO that was floated in 2014.
In a landmark decision on June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court by a 5-4 margin overruled a thirty-year precedent requiring public employees to pay “agency fees” for non-union member individuals. What does this mean for the future? Detroit Free Press writer John Gallagher, who is also a union president for the Newspaper Guild of Detroit, offers the fascinating perspective on “why unions will survive” the court’s decision. Detroit-based McDonald Hopkins attorneys James Boutrous, Miriam Rosen, and David Schelberg have been considering how the decision will impact their clients and other organizations, public and private. Here is a look at some of their initial thoughts:
July 3, 2018 — Harassment at work has been a major issue for quite some time, and recent amendments to Quebec’s Labour Standards Act may require employers to meet new obligations.