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Understanding the CCPA: Key Provisions and Readiness Checklist

Understanding the CCPA: Key Provisions and Readiness Checklist

November 4, 2019 at 8:15 AM - compliance,

A first of its kind in the U.S., the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious privacy legislations in the world; and with 17 additional states so far following its lead, data privacy protection is finally having its day in the United States. Effective January 1, 2020, the CCPA will become enforceable as early as next spring. More specifically, the Act will be enforced on the earlier of either July 1, 2020 or 6 months from the date of issuance of the final regulations, following the California Attorney General’s enforcement guidelines (expected mid-September).

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Nonprofit Board Fiduciary Duties

Nonprofit Board Fiduciary Duties

October 29, 2019 at 1:40 PM - Nonprofits,

Washington D.C.-based member Lakshmi Sarama Ramani tackles the perennial subject of nonprofit board fiduciary duties in her latest ACC Docket article. Read on to refresh your understanding of these important responsibilities and the consequences of failing to fulfill them. 

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Practical Considerations in Merchandise Licensing Agreements

Practical Considerations in Merchandise Licensing Agreements

October 29, 2019 at 1:19 PM - Merchandise licensing,

Licensing arrangements are a major source of revenue in many industries, including entertainment, (film, TV, music), sports, corporate brands, and colleges/universities. Each year, rights holders collectively earn billions of dollars from licensing revenue.

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Lean on Me: The Unofficial “Mentor” Role of an On-Demand GC

Lean on Me: The Unofficial “Mentor” Role of an On-Demand GC

October 10, 2019 at 8:44 AM - Legal Services,

In my role as part-time GC and senior legal advisor, I work with a diverse portfolio of companies. Although my clients differ in size, management structure and stages of growth, among other things, my relationship with them is similar in one fundamental way. Besides helping to manage and address their day-to-day legal work, I serve another important role – that of counsellor. And by “counsellor”, I do not mean acting as their legal “counsel”; rather, I am referring to the support I provide as an unofficial mentor/sounding board - whether to a solo in-house lawyer, a larger client legal department, a paralegal, or a non-legal professional overseeing the client’s legal function.

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California Upends Independent Contractor Relationships with AB 5

California Upends Independent Contractor Relationships with AB 5

September 26, 2019 at 8:20 AM - independent contractor,

With the recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), California has dramatically reshaped the relationship between independent contractors and their clients. An estimated 1 million Californians who are currently classified as independent contractors may be reclassified as employees under AB 5, beginning January 1, 2020. Businesses that have become accustomed to using lower-cost independent contractors to perform critical business functions will need to revisit these arrangements and make necessary operational and pricing adjustments to comply with the new rules.

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Deadline to Complete CA's Mandatory Harassment Training Extended One Year to 1/1/21

Deadline to Complete CA's Mandatory Harassment Training Extended One Year to 1/1/21

September 5, 2019 at 3:30 PM - Employment Law,

As we shared back in April, a 2018 law requires all employers with five or more employees in California to provide effective, interactive harassment prevention training to all employees in the state: two (2) hours for supervisory employees and one (1) hour for non-supervisory employees. The deadline for complying with this law was originally January 1, 2020. However, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation (SB 778) extending the deadline by one year, giving employers until January 1, 2021 to complete this training.

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New York's SHIELD Act Bolsters Data Security

New York's SHIELD Act Bolsters Data Security

September 5, 2019 at 11:26 AM - personal data,

It didn’t take long for other states to follow California’s lead in pursuing rigorous data privacy protections for their residents. Although New York was unsuccessful in passing its own version of the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) this year, legislation expanding data breach notification protocols was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 25, 2019¹. The SHIELD Act (the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act) signals a growing trend in the U.S. toward strengthening data privacy protections in the wake of high-profile data breaches through the adoption of more comprehensive and enforceable regulations.

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A Closer Look at Indemnification Clauses

A Closer Look at Indemnification Clauses

August 14, 2019 at 2:35 PM - legal provisions,

This is the second post in a 3-part series; click here for Part 1.

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