New California law would exempt employees who speak out about discrimination from NDAs

On Monday, California state Senator Connie Leyva introduced the Silenced No More Act, a bill that advocates say will protect employees who speak out about discrimination at work, even if they’ve signed nondisclosure agreements. “SB 331 will prevent workers from being forced to sign non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements that would limit their ability to speak out about harassment and discrimination...

California Supreme Court throws out challenge to Prop. 22

The California Supreme Court threw out a constitutional challenge to Proposition 22, clearing the path for the voter-approved law allowing gig companies to keep treating their workers as independent contractors. The lawsuit that the state Supreme Court declined to hear was filed last month by a small group of app-based drivers and the Service Employees International Union, one of the nation’s...

California Supreme Court Expands Law License Pathway for Prior Examinees

The California Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order expanding the pathway to a California law license, allowing thousands more law school graduates with qualifying prior bar exam scores to work as fully licensed attorneys after completing supervised practice hours. The Provisional Licensure program will be expanded to include those who scored 1390 or higher on any California Bar Exam...

2021 begins with several new laws in Virginia

The new year kicks off with some new laws in Virginia. The changes impact concealed handgun permits, the use of your cell phone when driving, the cost of insulin, surprise medical bills and how independent contractors are classified. Here’s more information about each of them. Holding a cell phone while drivingThis past July it became illegal in Virginia to hold...

Parler Accuses Amazon of Breaking Antitrust Law in Suspending Hosting Services

The social network, which had fast been gaining right-wing users, said that Amazon had conspired with Twitter, but did not provide any direct evidence. Hours after it went offline on Monday, the social media start-up Parler filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing Amazon of violating antitrust law and asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent the tech giant...

New state law ends retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits

Bella’s Act, which completely prohibits the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in California, took effect on Jan. 1. The legislation aims to end the practice of selling animals who have been bred and raised in unhealthy, inhumane conditions in out-of-state puppy mills. San Diego Humane Society sponsored AB 2152, written by California State Assembly member Todd Gloria, now...

New California Laws To Take Effect In 2021

With 2021 around the corner, take a look at a selection of the new laws set to take effect next year ranging from efforts to demilitarize law enforcement agencies to updating family leave requirements for small businesses. Demilitarization Of Police Uniforms Law enforcement personnel are no longer permitted to wear uniforms featuring camouflage or otherwise resembling military uniforms per Senate Bill...

California drivers face new laws in 2021

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KION) Several new traffic safety laws are taking effect in 2021, and the California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers of what they are ahead of the new year. The CHP says these laws are taking effect in 2021: License Points for Distracted Driving: Starting on July 1, 2021, drivers who violate the hands-free law by using a handheld...

California Attorney General Proposes Fourth Set of CCPA Regulation Changes

The California attorney general released a fourth set of proposed modifications to the California Consumer Privacy Act regulations; notable regulatory changes include a new opt-out button for websites and an offline notice of the right to opt out. The California attorney general issued a fourth set of proposed modifications to the regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) on...

CPRA Series: New, Expanded and Modified Consumer Rights

On November 3, 2020, Californians approved another significant piece of privacy rights legislation, the California Privacy Rights Act, or the CPRA.  The CPRA amends and expands the already (almost) infamous CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), which is the privacy law that went into effect in the Golden State last year. New Rights under CPRA The CPRA provides for, among other...