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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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California requiring solar panels on new homes

REGULATORY RADAR - On May 9, 2018, California became the first state to require all new homes to have solar panels. The California Energy Commission passed the measure with a 5-0 vote.


New Zealand bans future offshore oil exploration

REGULATORY RADAR - On April 12, 2018, the New Zealand government announced that it would no longer grant permits for offshore oil and gas exploration. The ban will apply to new permits and won’t affect the 22 permits that were previously granted.


European Union enhances cyber security

REGULATORY RADAR - On May 10, 2018, the directive on the security of Networks and Information Systems (known as the NIS Directive) was put into effect by the European Union (EU). The directive focuses on ensuring that information systems used to process data, control infrastructure, and to transmit information are secured against cyber-attacks.


Ontario passes pay transparency bill

REGULATORY RADAR -The government of Ontario has passed legislation that establishes the disclosure of compensation of employees and prospective employees. The bill, the Pay Transparency Act of 2018, was passed on May 2, 2018.


Congress passes anti-sex trafficking bill

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 21, 2018, Congress passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The bill expands the existing criminal sex-trafficking law to rope in facilitation of trafficking by web sites.


Oregon passes prescription drug price law

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 12, 2018, Oregon signed the Drug Transparency Act into law, joining the growing number of states that have implemented laws requiring transparency of prescription drug price increases.


Canada proposes warning labels on unhealthy foods

REGULATORY RADAR - The government of Canada has proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations to require front-of-package labeling for products that contain threshold levels of certain nutrients the Canadian government has flagged as being of public health concern, specifically sodium, saturated fats, and sugars. The proposed amendments will also change food-labeling regulations related to nutrient content claims and high-intensity sweeteners.


United States works to ban bump stocks

REGULATORY RADAR - On March 23, 2018, the Department of Justice proposed a rule change that would effectively ban bump stocks, a modification that makes semi-automatic guns fire automatically.


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