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U.S. House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on the Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission

On May 8, 2019, the Chairman and four Commissioners from the Federal Trade Commission testified in front the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in a hearing entitled, “Oversight of the FTC: Strengthening Protections for Americans’ Privacy and Data Security.” The FTC’s mission is to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices, however, as Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) pointed out in his opening statement, the “FTC has fewer employees today than it did in the 1980’s when the Internet did not exist. It has just over 40 employees responsible for protecting the data of 300 million Americans.” Chairman Pallone, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Ranking Member Greg Walden (R-OR), and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), all echo similar sentiments in their opening statements acknowledging the need to pass comprehensive consumer privacy legislation, and working with the FTC to learn how Congress can assist the FTC with increasing resources and in fulfilling their mission of better protecting consumer data privacy, competition, and innovation.

To view the hearing in its entirety, click here.

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California Bureau of Automotive Repair Hosts Workshop

The California Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR) will be hosting a workshop on April 18, 2019 to discuss proposed amendments and regulations regarding auto body repair. A few of the topics included in the discussion will be revised definitions and updated equipment requirements. The California BAR encourages members of the public to attend and engage in the conversation surrounding the newly proposed amendments and regulations.

Information about the location and time can be seen below:

 

Thursday April 18, 2019

Department of Consumer Affairs, HQ1

Hearing Room 102

1625 North Market Blvd.

Sacramento, CA 95834

 

For any questions or concerns, contact Zach Richardson by email at, zachary.richardson@dca.ca.gov.

To learn more about the California Bureau of Automotive Repairs, click here.

To learn more about this workshop, click here.

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SBA Office of Advocacy holds 3 Small Business Roundtables on DOL’s Proposed Overtime Rule

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Advocacy will be hosting three roundtables to discuss the Department of Labor’s proposed Overtime Regulation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposal would be updating the 2004 rule and increase that salary threshold from $455 to $679 per week ($35,308 annually). The Office of Advocacy hopes to hear from small businesses about the impact of the rule.

The proposal is now open for public comment and will remain open for public comment for 60 days. To submit a comment, click this link, in the rule-making docket RIN 1235-AA20.

More information about the rule can be seen here.

The roundtables will be held in Tampa, FL, Washington, D.C., and Mobile, AL. Information about the location and times can be seen below:

Tampa, Florida
Thursday April 4, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida Port Tampa Bay
Building 1101 Channelside Dr., Suite 210 Tampa, FL 33602

Washington, DC
Thursday April 11, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (EDT)
SBA Headquarters, Eisenhower Room B
409 Third Street SW Washington, DC 20416
(Call-in option available).

Mobile, Alabama
Tuesday April 30, 2019 – 9:00am – 11:00 am (CDT)
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
451 Government St.
Mobile, Alabama 36602

To RSVP, email Janis.Reyes@sba.gov.

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