How to Prepare for New SEC Climate Change Disclosure Filing and Reporting Rules

By Roxane Peyser The massive international impacts of climate change in the form of wildfires, drought, rising temperatures, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes and more have created billions of dollars of costs and wreaked havoc on the financial stability of both government and private industry. The destabilizing impacts of climate change on the economy and financial stability have led to greater SEC involvement including newly proposed climate disclosure rules expected to be

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Act Now to Obtain Round 2 Paycheck Protection Program Funding

On Jan. 11, 2021 The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a First Draw PPP Loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan with the same general loan terms. Second Draw Loans can only be made to borrowers who took First Draw Loans, have or will have used all

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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Penalty Phase Approaching: Act Now to Prevent Consequences Later

The California Consumer Privacy Act is a landmark piece of legislation widely considered to be the nation’s most significant data privacy law to date. It grants new and unprecedented rights to California consumers, including the right to know what personal information is collected, used, shared or sold by businesses, the right to delete personal information held by businesses, the right to opt-out of a business’s sale of personal information, and

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New Colorado Law Tackles Employee Equity, Investment in Startup Cannabis Industry

By Don Jergler The startup-laden cannabis industry is probably just right for those who are willing to forego a few extra dollars on their paychecks for the possibility of a bigger payout later when the company grows or goes public. Fortis Attorney Chris Lamb provides insight for Insurance Journal into the changing cannabis industry. To read more from this article, please follow the link located here.

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Colorado Legislature Dismisses Proposed Employment Protection Bill

By Liz Hartsel On Wednesday, the Colorado legislature decided not to advance a bill protecting employees from being fired for using marijuana in their personal time. The bill aimed to make cannabis use a lawful off-duty activity since marijuana is legal under Colorado State law but still a Schedule I drug under federal law. The bill was inspired by Brandon Coats, a medical marijuana user who was fired from Dish

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SAFE Banking Act Could Be In Danger In The Senate

The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act recently passed the U.S. House, but now advocates of the measure are faced with another hurdle to reckon with, the passage of the bill in the Senate. Fortis’ Andrew Comer discusses on Benzinga SAFE’s current status and what version the Republican-controlled chamber may opt to pass instead. To learn more, please follow the link located here.

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In the fight for equal pay, Colorado legislature has same goal as the U.S. women’s soccer team

By Chris Lamb As exciting as the recent U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup victory was on the level pitch in France, it was the uneven playing field of pay equality that filled the event with an importance that transcended the boundaries of sport. Fortis partner Chris Lamb guest writes for the Denver Business Journal regarding Colorado legislature and the U.S. women’s soccer team fight for equal pay. Read more

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The U.S. Supreme Court Lets ADA Website Violation Case Proceed

By Liz Hartsel The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case about whether Domino’s website is required to be accessible for the blind and visually impaired, leaving in place the lower court’s decision that the plaintiff could under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). With this case, the Supreme Court had the opportunity to determine the extent to which businesses must make their websites and apps accessible to

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Approximately 7 million Americans are visually impaired, meaning that your potential customers and clients may be unable to access or effectively use your website if the website is not compatible with certain assistive technologies such as screen readers or voice recognition software. Moreover, if your website is not accessible to visually impaired users, you may be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and are susceptible to lawsuits

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