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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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United States propose expansion of offshore drilling

REGULATORY RADAR - The United States announced that it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all coastal waters. On January 4, 2018, the five-year plan was announced, which would make 90 percent of the nation’s outer continental shelf environment open to drilling and energy projects.

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Iceland passes gender pay law

REGULATORY RADAR - Iceland’s Equal Pay Standard, part of broader legislation that was passed in June, took effect on January 1, 2018. The law states that companies and institutions employing 25 or more workers on an annual basis will be required to obtain certification of both the creation and implementation of their equal pay systems.

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New Jersey passes workplace breastfeeding discrimination law

REGULATORY RADAR - Firing or discriminating against women who breastfeed at work is now prohibited in the state of New Jersey in the U.S. after a labor law passed on January 8, 2018.

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United Kingdom bans microbeads

REGULATORY RADAR - On January 9, 2018, the United Kingdom banned the manufacturing of products containing microbeads, often used in cosmetics and personal care products, as a step toward diminishing the amount of plastic washed into the ocean environment.

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United States repeals net neutrality

REGULATORY RADAR - On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to dismantle net neutrality. The move is drawing criticism from data privacy and protection advocates, as net neutrality regulates the businesses that connect consumers to the internet.

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Washington and California align to combat climate change

REGULATORY RADAR - On December 12, 2017, Washington state and California joined a carbon pledge to combat climate change in our environment. Both states joined five nations to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as an economic policy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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European Union passes law to pay employees for unused vacation time

REGULATORY RADAR - In a win for workforce labor laws and paid time off regulation, The European Court of Justice ruled that companies must pay employees for vacation time they were unable to use during the year.

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European Union and Switzerland join forces on emission trading

REGULATORY RADAR - On November 23, 2017, the European Union and the Swiss government agreed to link their emissions trading systems in the first carbon trading agreement since the Paris climate accord. Linking emissions trading systems expands opportunities for cutting green house gas (GHG) emissions and improving energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

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