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California’s Independent Legislative Analyst’s Office Criticizes State’s New Climate Plan

The California Legislative Analyst’s Office criticized the California Air Resources Board’s recent and most sweeping revision of its Scoping Plan to achieve legislatively mandated greenhouse gas reductions.

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Manatt Advances 19 Legal and Consulting Professionals Across Practices Nationwide

Manatt, Phelps @ Phillips, LLP, a multidisciplinary, integrated professional services firm, announced today the advancement of 19 professionals, effective January 1, 2023@nine attorneys to equity partnership, one consultant to senior managing director, four attorneys to partnership, four consultants to managing directors and one attorney to counsel. These elevations illustrate the power of...

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Episode 22: Global Social Media Campaigns—Challenges of Working With Global Influencers

In today’s interconnected world, many social media influencers have a fan base that is not limited by geographic barriers and are, therefore, attractive to brands that wish to connect with customers globally.

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California’s Climate Blueprint: ‘Hope,’ Mandates and Few Details

Calling for foundational reforms in every sector of California’s economy, now the fourth largest in the world, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on December 15, 2022, adopted the latest and most sweeping version of the “Scoping Plan.”

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Employer Uncertainty Post-Dobbs

Five months after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, employers across the country are still wrestling with the unknown consequences and risks of doing something or nothing to help their employees located in states where the procedure is illegal access legal abortion care.

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Bots Beware: Website Chat Bots Become Latest Target for California Class Actions

California class action lawyers have turned their sights on a new target: websites that employ “chat bots,” digital assistants that allow companies to communicate with customers without employing live website customer service representatives.

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DOL Releases New Rule on Worker Classification

On October 13, 2022, the Department of Labor released a new proposed rule on the question of whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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California Employers Face Privacy Law Requirements

Following the failure of a measure that would have delayed effectiveness of the California Privacy Rights Act, employers in California now must comply with the state’s privacy law beginning January 1, 2023.

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New York Proposes Regulations for AI Use in Employment Decisions

After enacting a measure in 2021 restricting the use of artificial intelligence in employment-related decisions, New York City has released proposed regulations in advance of the new law’s effective date of January 1, 2023.

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Wolff and Smith to Speak on Climate-Related Disclosures at Law Journal Newsletters Webinar

Investigations, Compliance and White Collar Defense Partner Jacqueline Wolff and Land Use Partner David Smith will speak in a webinar session titled “Climate Change Risk and Disclosure: A New Focus for SEC Enforcement,” hosted by Law Journal Newsletters on October 13.

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