Since their inception, California health care service plans have been considered not to be insurers for purposes of the State’s 2.35 percent gross premium tax.
October 11, 2015, was Governor Brown’s last day to sign bills the California Legislature presented to him following the first year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session.
For the third time in as many years, California has once again amended its breach notification statute.
Dumbing Down Your Smart TV: California Prohibits the Use of Voice Recognition for Advertising Purposes
Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law A.B. 1116, prohibiting manufacturers’ use of smart televisions’ voice recognition feature for advertising purposes.
New California Law Permitting Empoyers to Correct Some Defects in Wage Statements Unlikely to Lead to a Significant Decrease in PAGA Lawsuits
On October 2, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1506, insulating employers from Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”)lawsuits based on employee wage statements if employers cure certain defects in the wage statements within 33 days of being put on notice of them.
On October 6, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1116 (A.B. 1116), which regulates the manner in which smart TVs must notify users of voice-recognition technology and may use recorded voice commands.
Coverage for DOJ Investigation Not Barred Because No Way to Determine Whether There Was Substantial Overlap with Earlier Lawsuits
A federal court in California has held that an investigation did not relate back to earlier lawsuits against the insured, nor was coverage barred by the policy’s prior or pending litigation exclusion, because the investigation was “shrouded in secrecy,” and it was therefore impossible to determine whether the investigation or allegations arose out of or were based upon the prior litigation.
California Expands Gender-Based Wage Protections by Adopting “Substantially Similar” Test and Requiring Employers to Justify Wage Discrepancies
The California Fair Pay Act, which goes into effect on January 1, 2016, prohibits employers from paying employees less than the rate paid to members of the opposite sex who perform “substantially similar” work.
Yesterday, October 6, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act, which media observers have called the nation’s most aggressive equal pay law.
New California Law Eases Employees’ Burdens in Proving Gender-Based Pay Claims and Creates Additional Protections for Employees to Discuss Their Wages
On October 6, 2015 Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 358 (“SB 358”), a law that substantially eases California employees’ burden in proving gender-based pay claims.