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Scali Rasmussen Partner Monica Baumann quoted today in Automotive News

California's fossil fuel ban likely in for long fight

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Within 15 years, the nation's largest auto market would stop selling new passenger cars and trucks with internal combustion engines under an executive order signed last week by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Scali Rasmussen Partner Monica Baumann explained to Automotive News that the move is the first step in what will be a long fight over the state's authority to set vehicle-emission standards.

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Today, September 23, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new Executive Order directing the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop regulations that lead to all new passenger vehicles and light trucks sold in California being zero-emissions by 2035. It also requires that new medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses sold and operated in the state be zero-emissions by 2045.

Federal privacy law

Will we see a national standard?

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With the California Consumer Privacy Act in full force and effect, businesses in California and across the country are starting to wonder if the time to pass a national standard is now. However, with the 2020 election looming and little action from Washington, such a bill is unlikely to relieve California businesses in the near or even medium term future.

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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued clarifications for provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) regulations pertaining to paid leave. They've also released new FAQs clarifying provisions in the FFCRA related to childcare issues. Meanwhile in California, Governor Newsom has signed legislation that expands Coronavirus paid sick leave coverage to employers who have not been covered under the FFCRA, and that intensifies notification requirements in response to a potential employee exposure to the COVID-19 virus. In one way or another, these changes affect almost every California employer.

Coronavirus and privacy

What businesses need to know

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With required symptom checks and potential outbreaks among employees and customers, the Coronavirus has raised new questions regarding privacy for businesses across California.

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California Labor Code Section 226 specifies numerous wage statement disclosures that employers must provide to employees each pay date. One question that has lingered is whether Section 226’s requirements apply to employees who perform some work in California but also a significant amount of work outside California. This issue has arisen in the context of a couple of cases involving airline workers who spent time both within and outside California: Ward v. United Airlines, Inc. and Oman v. Delta Airlines, Inc.

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In anticipation of return to school issues that are bound to arise with so many schools currently implementing distance learning, on August 27, 2020, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) released new FAQs clarifying provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) related to childcare issues. The FFCRA provides that employees may receive paid leave if they need to miss work in order to care for a child whose school or place of care is closed, or childcare provider is unavailable, for Coronavirus reasons. The clarifications provided by these new FAQs are as follows...

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Although the California Attorney General has only had the authority to enforce the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) since July 1, 2020, it could be overhauled by a new privacy law that qualified for the 2020 November ballot in California.

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