California Privacy Rights Act Qualifies for November Ballot

California's Secretary of State announced that the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”) has qualified for the state's November ballot. Real estate mogul, Alastair Mactaggart, has done it again.  After successfully getting the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) passed by Sacramento in record time for fear that the CCPA would be on the November 2018 ballot, Mactaggart has once again obtained the required 623,212 signatures to do the same with the CPRA in 2020. If passed, the CPRA would build on the underlying principles of the CCPA by permitting consumers to ...

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California Legislature Advances Bill to Regulate Food Delivery Platforms

California’s legislative season is in full swing, and the California State Assembly and State Senate are advancing bills that will affect the food, beverage, and hospitality industry, with a focus on the restaurant industry.

State legislators have shown an interest in regulating food delivery platforms. Several cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles, have capped delivery fees that these platforms, including Grubhub, Door Dash, Uber Eats and Postmates, can charge restaurants at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Concerns have also been raised by ...

California DFEH Online Harassment Prevention Training for Non-Supervisors Now Available—and It's Free!

By January 1, 2021, California employers with five or more employees are required to have provided interactive harassment prevention training to all employees in California, both supervisory and non-supervisory. After considerable delay, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently released online training to meet the harassment training requirement for non-supervisors. The training is provided at no cost to employers. 

The non-supervisory online harassment prevention training can be found here. Online training for non-supervisors is ...

Supreme Court Decides LGBTQ Are Protected From Workplace Discrimination

In a landmark 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States held that workplace discrimination on the basis of an employee’s LGBTQ status is in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Court’s opinion can be found here.

Until now, workers in more than half the states lacked legal protection from employment discrimination based on their LGBTQ status.  The Court’s decision rests on a strict reading of Title VII’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of “sex”.  It concludes that extending that “sex” prohibition to include discrimination on the ...

Los Angeles County Issues Reopening Protocols for Non-Essential Businesses

Los Angeles County issued protocols that the non-essential businesses listed below must follow in connection with reopening. 

Prior to reopening, each of these businesses must implement and complete the applicable protocol found below, and post a copy of the completed protocol at all public entrances to its facility.

Additionally, each protocol requires certain signage be posted to alert the public about various COVID-19 safety measures that must be followed, and that similar information be included on the business website.  In some cases, businesses must communicate to their ...

California Extends Paid Family Leave Benefit Period from 6 to 8 Weeks

Beginning July 1, 2020, the maximum benefit period under California’s Paid Family Leave (PFL) program will increase from 6 weeks to 8 weeks during any 12-month period.  The PFL program, which is a part of California’s state disability insurance program, provides partial wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off from work:

  • To care for a seriously ill child, spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, or domestic partner; or
  • To bond with a minor child within one year of the birth or placement of the child through foster care or adoption.

The PFL program does not ...

California Consumer Privacy Act: Training and Record-Keeping

The fourth and final part of this CCPA client alert series focuses on certain training and record-keeping requirements pursuant to the CCPA.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) and the related proposed Attorney General Regulations (the “Regulations”) provide California consumers with increased privacy rights and protections with respect to their personal information. Businesses that are subject to the CCPA must comply with various notice obligations and requirements related to the collection, deletion and sale of personal information. The ...

California Consumer Privacy Act: Service Providers

Part three of this CCPA client alert series focuses on the obligations for service providers pursuant to the CCPA.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) and the related proposed Attorney General Regulations (the “Regulations”) provide California consumers with increased privacy rights and protections with respect to their personal information. Businesses that are subject to the CCPA must comply with various notice obligations and requirements related to the collection, deletion and sale of personal information. The California Attorney General ...

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“L.A. Al Fresco” Program Launched

The City of Los Angeles has launched an “L.A. Al Fresco” Program aimed at helping restaurants reopen while following COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines. 

The program will allow restaurants to use their sidewalk and private parking lots spaces to increase their outdoor dining capacity.  Through the program, the City will offer streamlined, immediate approval for eligible restaurants to provide outdoor dining in sidewalks and private parking lots.  The approval will also allow restaurants to serve alcohol in these areas.

L.A. Al Fresco was launched on May 29, 2020 and the ...

California Consumer Privacy Act: Handling Consumer Requests

Part two of this CCPA client alert series focuses on how to verify and respond to consumer requests.

The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”) and the related proposed Attorney General Regulations (the “Regulations”) provide California consumers with increased privacy rights and protections with respect to their personal information. Businesses that are subject to the CCPA must comply with various notice obligations and requirements related to the collection, deletion and sale of personal information. The California Attorney General intends to begin ...

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