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DHS Threatening Furloughs This Summer if Requested Funding Not Granted

Reportedly, USCIS will soon announce the temporary furlough of the majority of its employees – 15,000 employees, or three-fourths of its workforce. The furloughs will begin in August 2020 if the agency does not receive additional fiscal support. While being called temporary, the head of the American Federation of Government Employees is concerned the reduction-in-force... Continue Reading…
June 16, 2020

DHS Threatening Furloughs This Summer if Requested Funding Not Granted

Reportedly, USCIS will soon announce the temporary furlough of the majority of its employees – 15,000 employees, or three-fourths of its workforce. The furloughs will begin in August 2020 if the agency does not receive additional fiscal support. While being called temporary, the head of the American Federation of Government Employees is concerned the reduction-in-force... Continue Reading
June 16, 2020

CCPA 2.0 – More Privacy Legislation in the Golden State?

Most companies continue to grapple with compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which went into effect in January. Companies have overhauled their privacy programs and policies and designed new systems to comply with the CCPA. Now, the privacy-right activist group that sponsored the CCPA – Californians for Consumer Privacy – is pushing for an even... Continue Reading
June 3, 2020

CCPA 2.0 – More Privacy Legislation in the Golden State?

Most companies continue to grapple with compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which went into effect in January. Companies have overhauled their privacy programs and policies and designed new systems to comply with the CCPA. Now, the privacy-right activist group that sponsored the CCPA – Californians for Consumer Privacy – is pushing for...… Continue Reading
June 3, 2020

Requests to Know under the CCPA: Practical Compliance Tips

The much anticipated California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) is now in effect (as of January 1, 2020), and as we’ve recently reported, class action litigation under the CCPA has already begun.  Organizations should have already assessed whether their business is subject to the new law and if so, taken steps to ensure compliance.  Likely, one of... Continue Reading
February 27, 2020

Requests to Know under the CCPA: Practical Compliance Tips

The much anticipated California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) is now in effect (as of January 1, 2020), and as we’ve recently reported, class action litigation under the CCPA has already begun.  Organizations should have already assessed whether their business is subject to the new law and if so, taken steps to ensure compliance.  Likely, one...… Continue Reading
February 26, 2020

Sweeping Privacy Changes Stall in the Lone Star State

Per our earlier blog post, Texas was ambitious this legislative session when it proposed two consumer data privacy bills. Both bills made it through committee hearings, but only one made it to the governor’s desk for signature: HB 4390. However, even it arrived there very different than originally drafted. HB 4390, dubbed the Texas Privacy...… Continue Reading
June 10, 2019

Will Texas Soon Join the Ranks of States Enacting Privacy Legislation?

Texans like the adage “Everything is Bigger in Texas”. So, as the Lone Star State follows its counterparts and the federal government in discussing broad sweeping privacy protections, legislators introduced two (competing) privacy bills this session: the Texas Consumer Privacy Act and the Texas Privacy Protection Act. Readers should note that the 2019 Texas Legislative...… Continue Reading
May 9, 2019

A Look Back at Key Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations Issues in 2018

2018 was a transformative year for corporate governance. Record whistleblower awards, an increasing number internal investigations partly arising out of the #MeToo movement, an expansion of the role of companies’ boards, and corporate social responsibility all shaped 2018. This is our retrospective review of these trends.  Record Whistleblower Tips and Awards and Possible Changes Companies...… Continue Reading
February 13, 2019

The Data Care Act of 2018

A new bill in the Senate proposes to hold large tech companies, specifically “online service providers”, responsible for the protection of personal information in the same way banks, lawyers and hospitals are held responsible. The Data Care Act of 2018, which was introduced on December 12, 2018, is designed to protect users information online and...… Continue Reading
December 27, 2018