With a new presidential administration scheduled to take over in just a few short weeks (as well as a revamped Congress), employers nationwide would be wise to anticipate a continued push for federal consumer privacy legislation.
Governor Newsom just signed legislation that will extend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) exemption for employee, job applicant, and independent contractor data for an additional year – until January 1, 2022. However, this legislation will become effective only if a ballot measure on the November ballot (Proposition 24), which contains a longer extension, does not pass.
Governor Gavin Newsom just signed into law two amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that will have a direct impact on employers doing business in the state. The new amendments, signed on October 11, 2019 and taking effect on January 1, 2020, require covered businesses meeting a certain revenue threshold or other criteria to implement policies and procedures that provide consumers – which includes employees – certain privacy rights not previously available under existing law.
For several years now, we’ve been alerting employers about the dangers of phishing scams that attempt to obtain private and personal information from employers. See some of our previous posts here, here here, and here. Many of these scams rear their ugly head around tax season, with attacks targeting human resources staff and payroll personnel in particular.