In California, New Year Brings New Regulations for Businesses

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from The Wall Street Journal,

Laws on privacy and classifying independent contractors take effect Jan. 1 in the Golden State.

On Jan. 1, California will usher in a host of largely progressive laws that will mean major changes for consumers, workers and businesses, big and small.

The laws, passed by a solidly Democratic legislature and governor, include first-of-their-kind consumer-privacy protections, a sea change in the way employers classify independent contractors and a cap on rent increases in a state grappling with sky-high housing prices.

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