Updated CCPA Regulations Published

The California Department of Justice has published updated proposed regulations implementing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).  The revised regulations can be viewed here.  A comment period on the proposed regulations is open, with comments due on February 25, 2020.  The official notice, with instructions on how to comment, can be found here. Among the […]

Napa County Adopts Use Permit Streamlining Ordinance

On February 4, 2020 the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt the Small Winery Protection and Use Permit Streamlining Ordinance (Ordinance No. 1455).  It will become effective 30 days after the date of its passage – Thursday March 5, 2020 (unless the ordinance is challenged).  As a result, certain minor modifications may be approved […]

Legal challenges to 2020 Employment laws have begun!

As suspected, legal challenges have been made to both AB-51, which prohibits mandatory arbitration in employment, and AB-5, the new independent contractor test.  Below is a brief summary of the challenges and what it may mean for your business. Arbitration As of December 30, 2019,  California is prohibited from enforcing AB-51.  Mandatory arbitration is currently […]

CCPA Is Here! Happy New Year?

The California Consumer Privacy Act officially goes into effect on January 1, 2020.  As a result, any business – as specifically defined – that interacts with California consumers will need to update its privacy policy and related business practices.  To be subject to the CCPA, a “business” must have either $25 million in revenues; buy, […]

Employment Update: New Laws for 2020

It is that time of year when we look to see what will change for California employers.  We have summarized some important changes to California employment law that may have an effect on your business as we enter the New Year.  There may also be local laws that are not reflected below. If you have […]

Wildfire Smoke Cal/OSHA Guidelines Apply to Indoor and Outdoor Employees Wildfire Smoke Cal/OSHA Guidelines Apply to Indoor and Outdoor Employees

Cal/OSHA issued an advisory to employers in California who may be encountering heavy smoke at worksites due to the wildfires. The Department of Industrial Relations and Cal/OSHA want to ensure that you have the information you need to protect your workers during this situation. More information is available on their website at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Worker-Health-and-Safety-in-Wildfire-Regions.html. For the most […]

Napa County Winery Permitting in State of Flux

The Napa County Board of Supervisors has undertaken a series of major regulatory moves involving winery and vineyard permitting over the course of the past year. Critics of the various regulatory changes abound on all sides of the issues, with the board navigating a difficult path between wine industry, agricultural, environmental and anti-growth interests. First, […]

New Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Delayed One Year

On Friday, August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 778, clarifying requirements for mandatory sexual harassment training.  The bill is an urgency statute, which means it shall go into immediate effect.  The law can be found here. The key points of the clarifying statute are: All employers with five or more employees required […]

Uncertain Immigration Climate – What Can Employers Do?

Since the 2016 election there has been speculation of wide-spread immigration actions by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).  Repeated announcements from the President for “round-ups”, recent mis-match letters from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and court action concerning the census citizenship have many in the community on edge. While it is difficult […]

Making Sure Your Wine, Beer or Spirits Club Complies with State and Federal Law

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (“ABC”) recently issued a new Industry Advisory regarding subscription services. In the alcohol beverage industry, we often see subscription services in the form of automatic renewal wine clubs, beer-of-the-month clubs, and/or spirits clubs, where customers sign up to receive future shipments of a licensee’s offering of wine, beer, […]

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