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In today’s show, we discuss the draft rules California regulators released in May in advance of the state’s latest privacy law – the California Privacy Rights Act – going into effect next January. To get a handle on what those highly anticipated draft rules did and did not contain and what happens now, we are joined by reporter Joseph Duball, who covers all things data privacy for the International Association of Privacy Professionals. The Basics: A growing number of states have adopted their own data privacy laws similar to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. First and foremost among them has been California, which adopted the CA Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which lawmakers approved in 2018 and which went into effect in 2020. Voters subsequently approved a follow up ballot measure (Prop 24) later that year which enshrines even more protections into the state’s privacy law, including the creation of a dedicated state agency to implement and enforce those laws. The new law, the CA Privacy Rights Act, goes into effect in January, 2023 and begins enforcement in July. To that end, regulators on June 8th released their initial set of proposed CPRA rules. These are NOT the final rules by any means, but they are a significant step toward what will eventually be the most stringent state data privacy standard in the U.S. 
When the pandemic hit, millions of U.S. workers were forced to make a sudden, immediate shift to remote work. We all quickly became familiar with the pros and cons of daily – sometimes hourly – zoom calls and having our kitchen tables do double duty as our workspace. And just as quickly, the prevailing theory that workers must be in an office to maximize their output was blown to smithereens. Which is why it was big news recently when the world’s richest man, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk told his senior executives he is doing away with telework and that anyone who doesn’t like it can hit the road. The question is, will other CEOs follow suit?To help answer that question, we’re joined today by Law360 employment editor-at-large Vin Gurrieri, who recently wrote a great piece for that publication on this very issue. We’ll go over a bit of what the mercurial Musk had to say, and then get into some of the reasons why this time it might not behoove CEOs to follow his lead. Want a free State Net product demo? Of course you do! If your job includes keeping up to date on all kinds of legislation and regulation, the State Net team is invaluable. Click here to learn more about how SN can help you be the best you can be. 
If you listened to our podcast from April 26th, you know that a California court struck down a state law that required corporate boards to have a certain number of people from marginalized communities. At the time, we were also awaiting a ruling on a similar California law that required corporate boards to have a minimum number of women. The law in question – SB 826, authored by then-Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson – requires publicly traded corporations based in California to have a certain number of women on their boards: companies with five members needed to have at least one female member by the end of 2019 and at least two women by the end of 2021. Boards with six members or more would need to have at least three women. Well, as you might have heard, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge has struck down that measure as well.  So what now? To better understand what happened with this case and what could happen going forward, we are once again joined by Jennifer Rubin, head of the ESG Practice Group for Mintz, based in the San Diego office.  If you missed our show on the previous court ruling, I encourage you to check that out via the podcatcher of your choice. 
Like it or not, artificial intelligence and computer algorithms are determining the outcome of more and more of your life’s most significant events. Like whether you get a job. Or a home loan. Or get into college. Or get a vaccine, or perhaps have your health care completely taken away. Or if you go to jail, and for how long. As data scientist and author Cathy O’Neil of the Public Interest Tech Lab at the Harvard Kennedy School says, “If you had a human bureaucratic process 15 years ago, it probably is being run by an algorithm now.” In theory, all of this is intended to level the playing field for anyone in these situations. But as this use increases, so does concern that built in cultural and gender biases are not only not leveling the playing field, they are actually exacerbating the problems they were intended to solve. With that in mind, pressure is growing on states, municipalities and the federal government to regulate the use of algorithms, and specifically to require companies who use them to perform regular assessments to ensure they are not inherently biased. To better understand this complex issue, we are joined today at the Deep Dive by Shae Brown and Jovana Davidovic of the University of Iowa, who have studied and written extensively on this issue. 
The term metaverse was originally coined by author Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel Snow Crash. But defining exactly what constitutes the metaverse we are seeing develop now can be challenging. Stephenson defined it as “an all-encompassing digital world that exists parallel to the real world.” The generally accepted definition these days is a three-dimensional version of the Internet, i.e. a virtual platform for social interactions between users and their virtual surroundings, accessed via virtual reality, augmented reality and machine learning. However you might feel about that, the bottom line is that real companies are buying property and otherwise doing business in the virtual world. A lot of business. Some analysts see the metaverse becoming an $800 billion market by 2024. We’ll have to see how that goes, but whatever the potential might exist in the virtual world, there is a very serious hurdle rooted firmly in the real world – data privacy. To get at the heart of that concern, we’re joined today by global data privacy expert Sheila FitzPatrick, founder and president of Fitzpatrick & Associates and a person who regularly collaborates on privacy issues with technology firms around the world. FitzPatrick weighs in on a number of key issues surrounding data privacy in this strange new world, including: How serious are the privacy concerns around the metaverse for those who partake in that world?How can the metaverse impact people’s privacy? What is the exposure for companies in regard to liability in this area? The impact of  cryptocurrency on the development of the metaverseHow she is counseling her clients in regard in this area, and the key components to building a solid compliance strategy in this area. 
Housing costs have gone through the roof all over the country, with most experts in agreement that a big driver of this situation is simple supply and demand – less housing stock means higher prices. In that regard, we have also seen in recent years a handful of states adopt laws that allow for greater housing density projects in areas that have previously been zoned only for single family homes,  essentially taking power over those decisions away from local governments. As you might imagine, this has been highly controversial and engendered fierce resistance, including litigation. To get at the heart of this issue I am joined today by Brooks Rainwater, Senior Executive and Director of the National League of Cities' (NLC) Center for City Solutions. 
Responding to numerous incidents of discrimination against Black children in schools and adults in the workplace – predominantly women – a coalition of advocacy groups, Dove USA and California State Sen. Holly Mitchell came together in 2019 to craft the CROWN Act, which stands for “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.” This legislation prohibits discrimination based on hair style and texture, including braids, locs, twists and bantu knots. The bill was signed into law that year by Gov. Gavin Newsom, and has since become law in more than a dozen other states and is pending in several more. Dozens of municipalities around the country have also adopted the law and, on March 22nd of this year a federal version of the law cleared the U.S. House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate. In this episode of the Deep Dive we are joined by now Los Angeles County Second District Supervisor Holly Mitchell to talk about her landmark bill and where the CROWN Act might go from here. 
When Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's first-in-the-nation board diversity law (AB 979)  in 2018, he did so with the acknowledgement that it would likely be challenged in court and that it had "flaws" that "may prove fatal to its ultimate implementation." He proved prophetic, as in early April Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Green sided with Judicial Watch, the activist group that had filed suit seeking to invalidate the law. But that hardly ends the story. While we watch to see if the state will appeal Judge Green's ruling, a new bill in the California Assembly (AB 1840) would actually expand the law's reach even further by adding numerous cultural groups and the disabled to those covered by the law. In this episode, SNCJ Managing Editor Rich Ehisen is joined by Jennifer Rubin, head of the ESG Practice Group for the Mintz law firm in San Diego, to better understand the law, the court case and the potential future of both as we go forward. 
After at least a decade of debate and dashed hopes, advocates for paid family leave in Maryland have finally seen their efforts rewarded as majority Democrats easily overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) veto of a measure that makes the Old Line State the 10th to formally ensure workers can take paid time off to care for ill family members.  But while Maryland is the first this year to adopt a paid family leave law, it is not likely to be the last . At least 12 more states have pending paid family leave measures that would apply to both public and private sector workers, some of which would grant workers up to three months of paid leave in certain situations. 
The Federal Trade Commission says that over the past five years, Americans have reported losing $1.3 billion to online dating scams. According to the most recent FTC data, these scams are up nearly 80 percent since 2020, with approximately $547 million lost to swindlers in 2021 alone. Romance scams are now in fact the largest category of fraud now the FTC tracks.To talk about this and what lawmakers might be doing about it, SNCJ Managing Editor Rich Ehisen talks with correspondent Brian Joseph about his recent story on how lawmakers are addressing the scourge of romance scams. 
A growing number of U.S. states have imposed their own sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.  But are those sanctions legal? And what other tools might states have at their disposal to show support for the U.S. government's sanctions against Russia's universally-condemned actions against Ukraine? In this episode, Deep Dive host Rich Ehisen talks with U.C. Berkeley assistant professor of finance Anastassia Fedyk about state-level sanctions, the impact of free market actions against Russia and the pressure states will face in the light of President Biden blocking further imports of Russian oil and gas. 
The broad sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine are complex on a level we have not seen before, making compliance a real challenge for the people and financial institutions tasked with implementing them. To better understand this situation and the challenges they present, host Rich Ehisen is joined for this episode of the Deep Dive by Dr. Christopher Swift, a partner and litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP and a member of Foley’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice, where much of his focus is in the areas of national security and international law. Previous to joining Foley & Lardner, Swift served in U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, where he enforced sanctions targeting rogue states, terrorist syndicates, and weapons proliferators.In a wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Swift explains why these sanctions are unique and offers practical insights for how financial institutions can best manage this historic situation. Dr. Swift's full bio is available here. 
Sanctions against foreign governments are usually the purview of the federal government, but states have a long history of imposing their own sanctions as well. Such is the case right now as numerous states have moved to impose sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. In this week's show, Deep Dive host Rich Ehisen talks with Stateline reporter Sophie Quinton about her story from last week about how states are taking their own actions against Russian aggression, and how those actions might not be legally sound. If you want to read the story as well - and we think you should - you can do so here. 
Driven by the meteoric rise of precious metals prices, automotive catalytic converter theft has turned into a big business. Savvy thieves can make as much as $300 selling catalytic converters to scrap yards, which, in turn, sell them to recyclers who want the platinum, palladium and rhodium inside. Indeed, according to Kitco.com, a website that tracks the price of precious metals, Rhodium that was selling for $2,300 an ounce in January 2019 is now fetching as much as $17,650.00 an ounce.In this week's Legislative Deep Dive podcast, State Net Capitol Journal correspondent Brian Joseph reports on now lawmakers are turning back the clock and employing strategies previously used to foil previous metal theft rings to do the same to converter thieves. 
For a long time, redistricting has admittedly been an issue that appeals to only the wonkiest among us. But given the hyperpartisan times we live in, how state legislative maps are being drawn has become one of the most hotly debated and closely watched issues of the year. For this show, we are joined by one of the nation’s foremost experts on redistricting, Ben Williams, Program Principal for Elections & Redistricting for the National Conference of State Legislatures, to get to nitty gritty on one truly messy aspects of political sausage making. 
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last two years, you know that the debate over how to best ensure that states have fair elections with adequate access for all eligible voters has been one of the most intense of our time. As one might imagine with such a hyperpartisan issue in the age of misinformation, it can be hard to know exactly what is actually going on in regard to voting access, early voting, voting by mail, voter ID, etc. To help us better understand where states are with all of this, in this episode Deep Dive host Rich Ehisen welcomes one of the country’s foremost experts on voting issues, Wendy Underhill, Director of Elections and Redistricting for the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
This week SNCJ Managing Editor Rich Ehisen is joined by NetChoice Policy Counsel, Jennifer Huddleston and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Partner, Reese Hirsch to analyze how the CCPA has impacted Data Privacy measures in the states, the possible use of antitrust laws to regulate Big Tech companies and more!
This week SNCJ Managing Editor Rich Ehisen is joined by Law360 Editor-at-Large for Employment Vin Gurrieri to analyze two high profile cases that threaten to torpedo President Joe Biden's efforts to require between 80 and 100 million U.S. workers to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. 
This week our host Rich Ehisen is joined by Professor Maanasa Kona of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) in Washington D.C. and Loren Adler, Associate Director of the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, a partnership between Economic Studies at Brookings and the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics for an interesting discussion of an intersection of state and federal health insurance billing policies.
The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation

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State Net Capitol Journal Managing Editor Rich Ehisen is joined by Yana van der Meulen Rodgers, Faculty Director of the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University, and Julia Pollak, Chief Economist at Zip Recruiter as they discuss what America's employment evolution could mean for employers and workers in the new year. 
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