From new laws that will affect California’s tenant screening services to Seattle, Washington’s “first come, first served” renter law, 2017 has brought an onslaught of new multifamily housing legislation. Here are some passed and pending bills you should look out for this year.
With several states voting on the legalization of marijuana this November, you’ll want to prepare your employee policy in case it passes in your state. As we stated in Employee Marijuana Use: Companies Still Have a Say, “so long as marijuana is deemed illegal under federal statues employers are within their rights to take action against employees, and even applicants”. While the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a memorandum also siding with federal law in 2015, as marijuana becomes legalized in more states, you might want to include language in your employee policy that further protects your company.
Public nuisance ordinance laws have been critiqued by U.S. Senators like Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow as being discriminatory. In their letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), they urge that, in recent years, these laws have disproportionately affected domestic violence survivors. While it has yet to be decided if these local ordinances are indeed discriminatory by HUD, it poses the question of whether nuisance ordinance laws are beneficial for property owners overall.
What is a Public Nuisance Ordinance?
Experian®, Equifax®, and TransUnion® have announced that they will be enacting their National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP), which will affect the three credit bureaus’ reporting of Public Record data. According to Sandy Anderson, Senior Vice President of Client Operations at Experian®, the reason for this change is because they have determined “that some public record data does not meet minimum data standards and service levels for collection and timely updating.” The following standards (or PII) for a record to appear on a consumer credit report will be applied to new and existing Public Record data on July 1, 2017:
- The minimum is required of consumer identifying information: name, address, social security number and/or date of birth
- The minimum frequency (at least every 90 days) of courthouse visits to obtain newly filed and updated public records is required
Within the past few months, some upcoming and recently passed legislation have arisen. This legislation will affect credit data, eviction records, and business security standards..
Coalition to Improve Credit Education urges Congress to pass CROA reform
Effective December 1, 2016 a new change to labor laws will go into effect that directly affects salary exempt employees across the United States. To learn how this change might affect you and your business, review this helpful infographic originally provided by the legal professionals at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.