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LEGAL UPDATE: Oregon Consumer Privacy Act

by | February 12, 2024

On July 18, 2023, Oregon joined the growing number of states in signing into law comprehensive data privacy legislation. Effective July 1, 2024, the Oregon Consumer Privacy Act (the OCPA or the Act) will create meaningful privacy protections for Oregon consumers and new data protection obligations for businesses operating in Oregon.

LEGAL UPDATE: Washington State’s My Health My Data Act

by | December 18, 2023

Consumer health data, as defined by the Act, encompasses a wide range of personal information linked to or reasonably could identify a consumer’s past, current, or future physical or mental health status consumer's physical or mental health status. Examples include individual health conditions, treatments, genetic data, diseases, diagnosis, use or purchase of prescribed medications, vital signs, bodily functions, symptoms, genetic data, biometric data, and more!

Corporate Transparency Act: What every small business needs to know about the upcoming reporting requirements

LEGAL UPDATE: Corporate Transparency Act – What every small business needs to know about the upcoming reporting requirements  

by | September 18, 2023

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) is a federal law enacted as part of the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 meant to reduce financial crime in small businesses across the United States. Specifically, the CTA requires that smaller, otherwise unregulated, companies file a report with the US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network within their new Beneficial Ownership Secure System (BOSS), which the network may share with other government agencies and financial institutions who request it. The Act will come into effect on January 1st, 2024, for newly formed companies and on January 1st, 2025, for already existing companies.  

Weight Bias at Workon a National Scale

LEGAL UPDATE: Shifting Paradigms: Battling Weight Bias at Work on a National Scale

by | August 24, 2023

Over the last two decades, obesity levels in the United States have been on the rise along with a growing concern of discrimination based on weight in the workplace. As a result, states and local governments are starting to take action. In Washington, it is therefore illegal for employers to refuse to hire qualified potential employees because the employer perceives them to be obese.

Social Media Posts in the Workplace

LEGAL UPDATE: Social Media Posts in the Workplace – A Guide for Businesses to Ensure Compliance with the FTC’s Guidance 

by | March 20, 2023

Employers should be aware that the FTC requires disclosure of an employee's employment relationship when making an endorsement on social media for the company they work for. The disclosure must be in simple and clear language and placed conspicuously. The FTC recommends that companies establish a social media policy that includes these disclosure requirements, consistently enforce the policy, and provide employees with training. Employers that direct employees to create or share social media posts should implement a policy and monitor the posts for compliance. To avoid potential legal issues, it is important for employers to follow these guidelines to ensure compliance with the FTC's rules.