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Coronavirus Combat Plans Drawn Up by U.S. Courts

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has drawn up plans for dealing with the spreading coronavirus, with an eye toward maintaining “essential elements of prevention and maintaining essential services” in the event of an outbreak, according to a statement provided by the agency to Bloomberg Law.

Labor Chief Scalia Reins in Review Board, Earning Mixed Reviews

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia’s newfound authority to overturn rulings from the department’s legal-review panel gives attorneys an extra avenue to dispute decisions, but it could expose the labor chief to criticism that he’s politicizing the process and increasing opportunities for lobbying.

The full Ninth Circuit ruled Feb. 27, 2020 that employers may not rely an employee’s salary history as a defense to claims under the Equal Pay Act that a worker was paid less based on sex.

Salary History Can’t Defend Lower Pay, 9th Cir. Rules Again

Employers can’t use a worker’s salary history to justify paying her less than male peers, the full Ninth Circuit ruled in a case that could force the U.S. Supreme Court to reckon with a defense to Equal Pay Act claims that critics say perpetuates gender inequities.

Digital Privacy Laws: California and Beyond

The California Consumer Privacy Act, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, is the country’s first comprehensive law that gives users control over their own data - and it likely won’t be the last.

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