Chemical Industry Regulatory Update – December 2020

A Newsletter from The Adhesive and Sealant Council and Thompson Hine LLP

Date: December 09, 2020

The chemical industry is subject to complex and ever-evolving laws and regulations. New standards governing the production and use of chemicals are implemented every year worldwide, and existing laws and regulations are constantly changing to keep pace with new information and scientific advancements. Chemical Industry Regulatory Update provides a monthly digest of recent legislative and regulatory developments and related industry news.

The Fight Over Spray Polyurethane Foam Continues

William Hubbard

The fight over spray polyurethane foam continues as California’s Department of Toxic Substance Control defends its listing of SPF systems as priority products under the DTSC’s green chemistry program, also known as Safer Consumer Products. On November 16th, the California attorney general filed its brief defending the DTSC’s process in listing SPFs as priority products, which has been challenged by the American Chemistry Council and a SPF manufacturer. The brief argues the listing is appropriate because there is evidence of potential exposure to methylene diphenyl diisocyanates during use of spray foam systems and that all administrative requirements were followed in the listing process. The brief is available here. 

California Voters Approve New Data Privacy Law

Darcy M. Brosky, Steven G. Stransky, Thomas F. Zych

On November 3, California voters approved Proposition 24, also known as the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act of 2020 (CPRA), which amends and expands upon California’s other landmark privacy legislation, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). In particular, the CPRA establishes new data privacy rights for California residents, imposes new obligations and liabilities on businesses and service providers, and creates a regulatory agency empowered to enforce California privacy law and prosecute noncompliance. Continue reading. 

Navigating Employment & Employee Benefits Issues in Uncertain Times

Thompson Hine recently hosted a series of three webinars in November discussing employment and benefit related issues. Below please find the recorded sessions, along with the presentations, from all three webinars.

Session 1:
COVID-19’s Impact on the Workplace & Employees: A Case Study - November 5 Webinar

In this session, we presented a case study looking at issues that arise as employers struggle to manage employees both inside and outside the workplace during the pandemic while complying with a new array of laws, regulations and guidance regarding workplace safety, leave, disability accommodation and other matters. Click here to view recording.

Session 2:
Employee Benefits Updates: Retirement Plans, Health & Welfare Plans and ERISA Litigation - November 12 Webinar

In session 2, we reviewed recent legal developments, guidance and trends affecting retirement and health and welfare plans and looked at the latest hot topics in ERISA litigation. Click here to view recording.


Session 3:
Hot Topics in Employment: Wage & Hour, Immigration and More

In our final session, we explored the latest developments and guidance related to work visas, religion in the workplace, FLSA compliance, and state wage and hour issues. Click here to view recording.

Check out the latest Employment Legislation Outlook. Learn about the latest developments in paid sick and leave laws, family and parental leave, recreational and medicinal marijuana use, and workplace issues.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information, contact the editor, William J. Hubbard, or any of the authors.

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Chemical Industry Regulatory Update is compiled by Thompson Hine lawyers on behalf of The Adhesive and Sealant Council. It should not be construed as legal advice, and the views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ASC or its members.