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January 2017

Be on the Lookout for Minimum Wage Increases in 2017

By: Brad Adler and Agne Krutules

As we enter into 2017, employers should remember that, while the federal minimum wage remains at $7.25, many state and local jurisdictions have passed legislation that will increase their respective minimum wage in 2017.

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California Strengthens Data Breach Notification Law, Again

189166_71f2_10By: Kacie L. Manisco

As of January 1, 2017, California’s data breach notification law became even more stringent than it already was, requiring notification to individuals in some instances when encrypted personal information has been breached.

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BITAG Releases Report Containing Security and Privacy Recommendations on Internet of Things Devices

message on keyboard enter key, for privacy policy conceptsBy: Matthew N. Foree

With the increase of devices embedded with Internet connectivity and functions, called the Internet of Things (IoT), a corresponding interest in vulnerabilities in the security of such devices has developed. Recently, the Broadband Internet Technology Advisory Group (BITAG) released a report regarding its security and privacy recommendations concerning the IoT (Report).  BITAG is a non-profit organization focused on bringing together engineers and technologists to develop consensus on broadband network management practices and other related technical issues that can affect users’ Internet experience. 

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San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Law

By: Julie Marquis

Effective January 1, 2017, the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance (“PPLO”) requires San Francisco businesses provide supplemental compensation to employees who use California Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) benefits for bonding following the birth or adoption of a child.  

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Firm and Attorney News

FMG Welcomes New Partner Shaun Daugherty!


FMG is pleased to welcome the lawyers of Edgerton & Weaver, LLP that joined the firm effective January 1, 2017.


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