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- New WOTUS Rule Attempts to End 40 Years of AmbiguityJanuary 29, 2020The federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army (“agencies”) last week attempted to complete what the U.S. Supreme Court has asked them to do: define “waters of the United States” (“WOTUS”). The New WOTUS Rule is intended to put an end to the nearly 40 years during which ... read more
- California’s Density Bonus Law: 2020 UpdateJanuary 21, 2020California’s Density Bonus Law provides housing developers with tools to encourage the development of much needed affordable and senior housing. In 2019, the California Legislature passed new legislation that provides for an 80% density bonus to be granted to 100% affordable housing projects, the largest density bonus ever required under California law. That legislation, Assembly Bill 1763, ... read more
- AB 1763 Allows Affordable Housing to be Built Denser and TallerJanuary 13, 2020Assembly Bill 1763 permits 100% affordable housing projects to be built denser and taller through three modifications to current law (outlined below) that are designed to help reduce costs associated with the development of affordable housing. AB 1763 is one of over twenty housing bills approved by the California Legislature in 2019, each one taking a different approach to easing the state’s ... read more
- SB 778 Requires Employers to Provide New Harassment Prevention Training by January 1, 2021January 15, 2020(Advisory Note: anti-harassment policies should also be updated) When Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 778 into law in 2019, he extended by one year the deadline for employers to implement new harassment prevention training requirements. Senate Bill 778 addressed concerns ... read more
- Employers’ Dilemma: Comply Now with New Employment Laws or Wait Out Court Challenges?January 1, 2020California employers enter 2020 facing many new and changed laws after an exceptionally active legislative session in 2019. However, the most difficult decision that many employers will face is whether to take action to immediately comply with some new requirements or wait until recent legal challenges to a few new laws wind their way through the court system and perhaps lead to subsequent ... read more