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Regulatory Radar

Delivered monthly, the Regulatory Radar is a briefing on emerging regulatory issues produced by the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.  These summaries of recent regulatory decisions keep you apprised of the actions that may impact your corporate citizenship efforts. Each edition includes summaries of and links to the latest items we’ve added to our Resource Library.

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Seattle passes a new labor model for domestic workers

REGULATORY RADAR - The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will establish a special panel of workers and employers to create industry standards for the estimated 33,000 domestic workers in the city.

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San Francisco to ban plastic straws

REGULATORY RADAR - San Francisco has become the next city to eliminate plastic straws through legislation passed by the city’s board of supervisors.

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India approves net neutrality rules

REGULATORY RADAR - India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) approved a set of net neutrality rules on July 11, 2018 that protects all Indian citizens’ right to have free and fair access to the internet.

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Massachusetts lawmakers approve $2.4B climate bond bill

REGULATORY RADAR - On July 30, 2018, the Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously for an environmental bond bill that would allow the state to borrow up to $2.4 billion to protect its coast and communities from storms related to climate change.

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New Zealand passes bill to allow paid leave for victims of domestic violence

REGULATORY RADAR - New Zealand recently became one of the first countries to adopt paid domestic violence leave.

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EPA finalizes amendments to coal ash disposal regulations

REGULATORY RADAR - On July 18, 2018, Andrew Wheeler signed his first major regulatory move as acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, rolling back coal ash storage legislation established by the Obama administration in 2015.

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Hong Kong allows same-sex couples equal visa rights

REGULATORY RADAR - On July 4, 2018, Hong Kong ruled to grant visas to spouses of gay expatriate workers living in the city. The ruling states that same-sex couples have the same rights to spousal visas as married heterosexual couples.

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Supreme Court rules non-union workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions

REGULATORY RADAR - On June 27, 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that government workers who choose not to join a union cannot be charged for the cost of collective bargaining. The ruling was passed by a 5-to-4 vote.

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