On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.6577/A.8421) that greatly expanded the protections for workplace discrimination and harassment. These additional protections come just a little over one year after the state enacted comprehensive legislation designed to combat sexual harassment.
Large business data breaches - like the one affecting 100 million Capital One credit card customers and applicants - remain commonplace, so much so that they are becoming accepted as the new normal in today’s climate of consumer dealings. They shouldn’t be.
As we wrote here earlier this year, Governor Cuomo proposed to extend the “clawback law,” which had expired on January 1, 2019, in his fiscal year 2020 Executive Budget. As a reminder, the clawback law pulled the value of all taxable gifts made within three years of a New York resident taxpayer’s death back into the New York resident taxpayer’s estate for New York estate tax purposes.
Following up on our post from June 7, Governor Cuomo has now signed the SHIELD Act into law. New section 899-bb of the General Business Law, which creates substantive security obligations for all persons or businesses that own or license the defined “private information” of New Yorkers, goes into effect in 240 days, with the rest of the law taking effect within 90 days.
The Department of Defense (“DoD”) recently announced that a new cybersecurity standard and certification program for defense contractors, the Cybersecurity Capability Model Certification program (“CCMC”), is currently under development and nearly ready for deployment.