California Update

Enacted in November of 2020, the California Privacy Rights act of 2020 (CPRA) added new privacy protections to the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). To further CPRA legislative mandates, a new governmental agency, the California Privacy Protection Agency (Agency), was formed to implement and enforce CCPA and CPRA laws. Both Privacy Acts impact the way consumer and non-consumer information (including applicant and employee information) is collected, stored and utilized.

Teresa McQueen

Gov. Gavin Newsom has selected 4th District Court of Appeal Justice Patricia Guerrero to replace Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar on the California Supreme Court. Guerrero formerly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and was a partner at Latham & Watkins. 

According to the Daily Journal, Guerrero is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. She grew up in Imperial County where her father worked as a ranch foreman.  Newsom reportedly set out to choose a Latina justice to replace Cuellar, the only Hispanic justice on the court.

Jason Resnick

On February 10, in a continuing effort to ensure employers are enforcing anti-harassment policies, the U.S. Senate passed HR 4445 known as the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act. It is expected that President Biden will sign the bill which would amend the Federal Arbitration Act to allow employees to bring allegations of sexual harassment/assault in court instead of being forced into arbitration.

Teresa McQueen


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