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Governor vetoes measure to protect attorney’s fees in CPRA litigation

In one of his final actions on bills passed by the legislature this session, Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill by Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would have prohibited agencies from attacking the ability of requesters who prevail in CPRA litigation to obtain their attorney’s fees and costs. The bill, SB 518, would have prohibited…

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Governor rejects bill requiring agencies to retain emails

Legislation that would prohibit agencies from destroying emails for at least 2 years was vetoed by the Governor last week. AB 1184, by Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) would have required state and local agencies to retain writings containing information relating to the conduct of the public’s business transmitted by electronic mail for at least…

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Federal Department of Labor adopts new overtime rule

The News Media Alliance reports that the Department of Labor (DOL) published its final rule that will increase the threshold used to determine the exempt status of white-collar employees under the minimum wage and overtime rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new rule will have little, if any, impact on California newspapers because…

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Attorney General issues proposed privacy regulations

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday released long-awaited proposed regulations to set forth how the state will enforce its tough new privacy law. The law, known as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), provides consumers control over how businesses collect and manage their personal data. The proposed regulations require companies to notify individuals of…

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Governor approves bill that makes it more difficult for companies to use arbitration agreements

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill Thursday that prohibits California businesses from retaliating against employees who refuse to sign arbitration agreements. AB 51 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) precludes businesses from requiring workers to sign arbitration agreements that waive their right to sue their employers for alleged labor violations as a condition of employment.…

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AB 5 — What does it mean for newspapers that use independent contractors?

Now that legislation supported by CNPA creating exemptions for freelancers and carriers (expiring Jan. 1, 2021) has been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, there are many questions about how the new law and the exemptions will impact newspapers’ use of independent contractors in their operations. This discussion is intended to provide readers with…

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New privacy initiative filed — targeted ads in the crosshairs

In 2018, the legislature hastily passed a comprehensive privacy law known as the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) in an attempt to persuade the author of a more draconian privacy initiative that he should withdraw his proposal from the ballot. That author, Alastair Mactaggart, is back with a new initiative that would all but eliminate…

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