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CountryJurisdictionPublication DateTopicSubtopicStatusSummary Link
USAIowa2023-06-01Employee Well-BeingAnti-Harassment/PrivacyEnacted StatuteEmployer and Mental Health Professional Agreements
Enacted Legislation, H 93. Prohibits specified provisions in agreements between employers and certain mental health professionals and includes effective date provisions. 90th Iowa General Assembly - First Session. Final Date: 2023-06-01
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USALouisiana2023-06-12Employee Well-BeingAnti-Harassment/PrivacyEnacted StatuteEmployment
Enacted Legislation, S 200. Provides that retaliation against an employee for an absence from work due to genetic testing or a medically necessary cancer screening shall be an unlawful employment practice. 2023 Regular Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-08
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USAMaine2023-06-04Employee Well-BeingAnti-Harassment/PrivacyEnacted StatuteWorkplace Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault
Enacted Legislation, H 28. Ensures accountability for workplace sexual harassment and sexual assault by removing certain intentional torts from workers' compensation exemptions. 131st Maine Legislature - First Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-04
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USAOregon2023-06-07Employee Well-BeingAnti-Harassment/PrivacyEnacted StatuteRight to Refuse to Perform a Task Assigned by Employer
Enacted Legislation, S 907. Adds refusing to work in hazardous conditions that could result in serious injury or death when there is no reasonable alternative as a workers' right in the Act, against which retaliation by employers is prohibited. 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly - 2023 Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-07
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USAOregon2023-06-07Employee Well-BeingAnti-Harassment/PrivacyEnacted StatuteRight to Refuse to Perform a Task Assigned by Employer
Enacted Legislation, S 907. Adds refusing to work in hazardous conditions that could result in serious injury or death when there is no reasonable alternative as a workers' right in the Act, against which retaliation by employers is prohibited. 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly - 2023 Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-07
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USARhode Island2023-07-03Employee Well-BeingAnti-Harassment/PrivacyEnacted StatuteFair Employment Practices
Enacted Legislation, S 342. Prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to execute a nondisclosure agreement or non-disparagement agreement, regarding alleged violations of civil rights or criminal conduct, as a condition of employment. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-22
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-06-23ESG Reporting FrameworksCarbon Disclosure Project (CDP)Regulatory NoticeLand Sector and Removals Guidance timeline delayed to mid-2024
Regulatory Notification of the CDP regarding Land Sector and Removals Guidance: Where We Are Now. GHG Protocol has updated the timeline for the publication of the final Land Sector and Removals Guidance. The previous schedule was to complete the guidance in 2023, however due to the number of topics needing to be addressed and the interconnectedness between topics, the final guidance is now anticipated to be published in mid 2024. Contact: SARAH.HUCKINS@WRI.ORG. Publication: CDP News Center.
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CanadaSaskatchewan2023-06-09Climate ChangeCarbon Emissions ReportingFinal RegMinisterial Order - Adopted Greenhouse Gas Standards
Final Reg of the Ministry of Environment regarding R.R.S. c. M-2.01 Reg 3. Orders effective retroactively to January 1, 2023, that: 1) The following standards which were previously adopted under The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Standards and Compliance) Regulations shall only be used for the 2022 compliance year and prior compliance years: (a) The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Baselines, Returns and Verification) Standard; (b) The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Upstream Oil and Gas Aggregate Facility) Standard; and (c) The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Performance Credit) Standard; and 2) The following are adopted under The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Standards and Compliance) Regulations, 2023, for use in the 2023 compliance year and subsequent compliance years: (a) The Industrial Facility Standard; (b) The Aggregate Facility Standard; (c) The Electricity Facility Standard; (d) The Performance Credit Standard; (e) The Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Credit Standard. Publication: The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part I, Volume 119, No. 23, June 9, 2023, p. 1359. Effective Date: 2023-01-01
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CanadaSaskatchewan2023-06-09Climate ChangeCarbon Emissions ReportingFinal RegMinisterial Order - Adopted Greenhouse Gas Performance Credit Standard
Final Reg of the Ministry of Environment regarding R.R.S. c. M-2.01. Orders effective retroactively to August 19, 2021, that the Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases (Performance Credit) Standard is adopted. Publication: The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part I, Volume 119, No. 23, June 9, 2023, p. 1359. Effective Date: 2021-08-19
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USAIowa2023-06-09Human RightsChild LaborEnacted StatuteYouth Employment
Enacted Legislation, S 542. Fully prohibits hiring persons under 14 by rescinding all exceptions. Expands work hours and activities permissible for different categories of underage youths. 90th Iowa General Assembly - First Session. Final Date: 2023-05-26
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USAMontana2023-06-08Consumer ProtectionCustomer PrivacyEnacted StatuteThe Genetic Information Privacy Act
Enacted Legislation, S 351. Establishes consumer privacy rights related to collecting, using, and disclosing genetic data, including disclosure requirements on entities collecting that data. 68th Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-07
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USATexas2023-06-13Consumer ProtectionCustomer PrivacyEnacted StatuteProtection of Minors
Enacted Legislation, H 18. Establishes new requirements on digital service providers in relation to privacy and censorship for minors. 88th Legislature. Final Date: 2023-06-13
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USATexas2023-06-18Consumer ProtectionCustomer PrivacyEnacted StatuteRegulation of Personal Data Collection and Use
Enacted Legislation, H 4. Relates to the regulation of the collection, use, processing, and treatment of consumers' personal data by certain business entities; imposes a civil penalty. 88th Legislature. Final Date: 2023-06-18
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USAKentucky2023-06-14Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionProposed RegEqual Employment Opportunities
Proposed Rule of the Executive Cabinet/Commission on Human Rights regarding 104 KAR 1. Updates federal Equal Employment Opportunity standards and guidelines incorporated by reference. Contact: L. Joe Dunman, Staff Attorney Manager/Asst General Counsel, Commission on Human Rights, 332 W Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202, 502-595-4024, joe.dunman@ky.gov Publication: Vol. 50, No. 1, Kentucky Administrative Register 2023-07-01. Comment Deadline: 2023-08-23
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USAColorado2023-06-06Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionEnacted StatuteJob Application Fairness Act
Enacted Legislation, S 58. Prohibits employers from asking prospective employees' age or dates of attendance at or date of graduation from an educational institution on an employment application. 1st Regular Session of the 74th General Assembly. Final Date: 2023-06-02
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USAMaine2023-06-22Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionEnacted StatuteMaine Equal Pay Law
Enacted Legislation, H 1092. Prohibits employers from race-based pay disparities. First Special Session - 2023. Final Date: 2023-06-22
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USAMichigan2023-06-15Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionEnacted StatuteDiscrimination and Hair Texture
Enacted Legislation, S 90. Prohibits discrimination based on traits historically associated with race such as hair texture. 102nd Legislature - First Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-15
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CanadaFederal2023-06-20Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionEnacted StatuteAn Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada's Official Languages - Canada Labour Code Amendments
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of Labour S.C. 1999, c. 33. Enacts the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and makes related amendments to other Acts, including the Canada Labour Code. The Bill received Royal Assent on June 20, 2023. The in-force dates of the provisions are variable, as specified in Section 71 of this amendment, beginning on the first anniversary after Royal Assent. Canada - 1st Session of the 44th Parliament. Final Date: 2024-06-20
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CanadaFederal2023-06-26Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionProposed StandardEquity, Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeship Programs (French Edition) Équité, diversité, inclusion et accessibilité dans les programmes d'apprentissage
Proposed Standard of the Canadian Standards Association regarding CSA Z301. Announces the draft of the French edition of this Standard which is intended to improve outcomes of apprentices from equity-deserving groups in the skilled trades. This Standard is applicable to all aspects of an apprenticeship system including pre-apprenticeship, classroom learning, mentorship and on-the-job training delivered in an apprenticeable trade, and for which recognition is given by an apprenticeship authority toward apprenticeship in that trade.. Contact: Canadian Standards Association Publication: CSA Group Draft Review (https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home). Comment Deadline: 2023-08-25
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CanadaFederal2023-06-26Employee Well-BeingDiversity, Equity, InclusionProposed StandardEquity, Diversity and Inclusion in Apprenticeship Programs (French Edition) Équité, diversité, inclusion et accessibilité dans les programmes d'apprentissage
Proposed Standard of the Canadian Standards Association regarding CSA Z301. Announces the draft of the French edition of this Standard which is intended to improve outcomes of apprentices from equity-deserving groups in the skilled trades. This Standard is applicable to all aspects of an apprenticeship system including pre-apprenticeship, classroom learning, mentorship and on-the-job training delivered in an apprenticeable trade, and for which recognition is given by an apprenticeship authority toward apprenticeship in that trade. Contact: Canadian Standards Association Publication: CSA Group Draft Review (https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home). Comment Deadline: 45163
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USAWashington2023-06-07Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RegWashington State Reporting Requirements
Final Rule of the Department of Commerce regarding WAC 194-50. Adds a re-filing requirement to commercial buildings that have an exception from the Clean Building Performance Standard. Publication: Vol. 23, Issue 12, Washington State Register 2023-06-21. Effective Date: 2023-06-07
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USALouisiana2023-06-29Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteEnergy Development
Enacted Legislation, S 154. Establishes discrete rights and obligations for renewable energy site leasees. 2023 Regular Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-28
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CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador2023-06-23Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RegPetroleum Products Regulations Amendment: N.L.R. 48/23
Final Reg of the Lieutenant Governor in Council regarding N.L.R. 79/01. Makes amendments to this Regulation, which applies to wholesalers and retailers, related to carbon price adjustments, including the addition of the definitions for "carbon price adjustment" and "low-carbon-intensity fuel," amendment to the components of the maximum price, the setting of benchmark prices, carbon adjustments, and periodic adjustments. Publication: The Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette, Part II, Vo. 98, No. 25, p. 345, June 23, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-06-23
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CanadaNova Scotia 2023-06-16Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RegPetroleum Products Pricing Regulations Amendment: N.S. 95/2023
Final Reg of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding N.S. 286/2009. Revises provisions related to cleans fuel pricing. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 12, p. 284, June 16, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-06-02
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CanadaNew Brunswick2023-06-29Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RegGasoline and Motive Fuel Tax Act - General Regulation Amendments
Final Reg of the Finance and Treasury Board regarding N.B. Reg. 82-81. Replaces the use of the term, “gasoline, motive fuel, and carbon emitting products” with the term “gasoline and motive fuel” and makes revisions consequential to this change, among others. Information on the applicability of the enabling Act and this Regulation is available at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/taxes/gasoline_motive_fueltax.html. Publication: New Brunswick Annual Volumes of Regulations Online, June 29, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-07-01
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CanadaNova Scotia 2023-06-30Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementRegulatory NoticeApplication of New Fuel Charges (Carbon Tax) and Clean Fuel Costs to Gasoline and Diesel Oil Prices
Final Regulatory Notice of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding . Notifies that the following federally mandated changes will come into effect in Nova Scotia on July 1, 2023: 1) Fuel charges made under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Canada); and Clean Fuel Regulations, made under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (Canada). Amendments to the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulations were made by N.S. Reg. 107/2023 and N.S. Reg. 111/2023 as notified at https://novascotia.ca/just/regulations/rg2/2023/RG2-2023-06-30.pdf. Publication: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Effective Date: 2023-07-01
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CanadaFederal2023-06-22Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteBudget Implementation Act, 2023, No. 1 - Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 Amendments
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of the Environment S.C. 1999, c. 33. Amends the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 under Division 36 of Part 4 to, among other things (a) establish an account in the accounts of Canada to be called the Environmental Economic Instruments Fund, for the purpose of administering amounts received as contributions to certain funding programs under the responsibility of the Minister of the Environment; and (b) replace references to “tradeable units” with references to “compliance units.” The Act received Royal Assent on June 22, 2023; these amendments come into force on that date. Canada - 1st Session of the 44th Parliament. Final Date: 2023-06-22
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CanadaNew Brunswick2023-06-16Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteAn Act to Amend the Gasoline and Motive Fuel Tax Act
Enacted Legislation, Finance and Treasury Board R.S.N.B. 1973, c. G-3. Amends this Act which requires persons who wish to purchase or refine gasoline and/or motive fuel in the province for the purpose of resale to other licensed wholesalers and licensed retailers to obtain a Gasoline and Motive Fuel Wholesaler's Licence. Provides for point-of-sale tax exemptions on motive fuel (marked) and carbon-emitting products by the issuance of purchaser's permits to certain classes of qualifying consumers which include manufacturers, and persons engaged in mining. Related amendments to the General Regulation under this Act, and the General Regulation under the Revenue Administration Act are open to public review, as specified at: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/corporate/public_review_ofdraftregulations.html. New Brunswick Annual Volumes of Acts Online. Final Date: 2023-07-01
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CanadaPrince Edward Island2023-06-21Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteAn Act to Amend the Climate Leadership Act
Enacted Legislation, Minister of Finance R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. C-9.1. Amends provisions related to fuel pricing and carbon levies. Prince Edward Island - 1st Session of the 67th General Assembly. Final Date: 2023-07-01
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CanadaFederal2023-06-19Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed StandardConcrete Carbon Intensity Quantification and Verification - New Standard
Proposed Standard of the Canadian Standards Association regarding CSA.C22.1, Canadian Electrical Code, Part I. Announces the first edition of this Standard which provides minimum requirements and recommendations for the quantification and verification of the carbon intensity in a unit of concrete, including any carbon that is permanently sequestered during the production of the concrete and/or its input materials.. Contact: Email: paul.steenhof@csagroup.org Publication: CSA Group Draft Review (https://publicreview.csa.ca/Home). Comment Deadline: 2023-08-18
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-06-09ESG Reporting FrameworksEuropean Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS)Proposed StandardDraft Act of First Set of EU Sustainability Reporting Standards Available for Comment
Proposed Standard of the European Commission regarding . The European Commission issued a draft act on Set 1 of the European Sustainability Reporting Standards. Establishes reporting standards for disclosing environmental, social, and governance information. Supplements the Accounting Directive as amended by the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which requires large companies and listed companies to publish regular reports on the social and environmental risks they face and how their activities impact people and the environment. Publication: EC Published Initiatives. Comment Deadline: 2023-07-07
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-06-13ESG Reporting FrameworksGovernment Reporting Initiative (GRI)Regulatory NoticeDisability Hub Europe publish updated Disability in Sustainability Reporting guidance that reflects latest GRI Standards
Regulatory Notification of the GRI regarding Disability in sustainability reporting. A new version of the Disability in Sustainability Reporting guide has been launched by Disability Hub Europe, which takes account of the 2021 update to the GRI Universal Standards. The guide seeks to help companies fully incorporate disability issues in their reporting and highlight practices to include persons with disabilities throughout the value chain by giving suggestions on how the GRI disclosure may be enhanced to include disability. Publication: GRI News Center
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-06-26ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Final StandardISSB issues final global sustainability disclosure standard IFRS S1, General Requirements for Sustainability-related Financial Information
Final Standard of the ISSB regarding ISSB, IFRS S1. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) issued its inaugural standard IFRS S1, General Requirements for Disclosure of Sustainability-related Financial Information. IFRS S1 was issued at the same time as it's complimentary standard IFRS S2, which covers climate-related disclosures. Publication: ISSB News Center. Effective Date: 2024-01-01.
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-06-27ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Final StandardISSB issues final global sustainability disclosure standard IFRS S2, Climate-Related Disclosures
Final Standard of the ISSB regarding ISSB, IFRS S2. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) issued its inaugural standard, IFRS S2, Climate-related Disclosures, simultaneously with IFRS S1. The latter covers general disclosure requirements. The pair are intended to create a global standard for disclosing the effects of climate-related risks and opportunities. Several governments are expected to adopt the ISSB standards as a baseline for future ESG regulation. Publication: ISSB News Center. Effective Date: 2024-01-01.
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USAWashington2023-05-24GoverancePolitical Contributions and LobbyingProposed RegLobbying Reporting Requirements
Proposed Rule of the Public Disclosure Commission regarding (uncodified). The Commission is considering amending regulatory requirements for direct and indirect lobbying reporting in conjunction with the planning for updates to the lobbying reporting system. No draft has been published yet. Contact: Sean Flynn, 711 Capitol Way South, Suite 206, Olympia, WA 98504, 360-753-1111, fax 360-753-1112, pdc@pdc.wa.gov Publication: Vol. 23, Issue 12, Washington State Register 2023-06-21. Comment Deadline: None provided
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USAHawaii2023-06-23GoverancePolitical Contributions and LobbyingEnacted StatuteLobbyist Contributions
Enacted Legislation, S 1493. Prohibits, during legislative sessions and shortly before and after, lobbyist contributions, and promises of contributions, to any elected official or to any candidate or candidate committee who has received contributions or made or incurred expenditures. The 32nd Legislature. Final Date: 2023-06-23
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USAMaine2023-06-26GoverancePolitical Contributions and LobbyingEnacted StatuteCampaign Finance and Lobbying Disclosure
Enacted Legislation, S 647. Regards campaign finance and lobbying disclosure and enforcement of income source reporting requirements. First Special Session - 2023. Final Date: 2023-06-26
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USAMaine2023-06-23GoverancePolitical Contributions and LobbyingEnacted StatuteDisclosure of Lobbyist Activities
Enacted Legislation, S 644. Reduces the deadline to report on lobbying activities from fifteen to ten days. First Special Session - 2023. Final Date: 2023-06-23
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USARhode Island2023-06-27GoverancePolitical Contributions and LobbyingEnacted StatuteCampaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting
Enacted Legislation, S 846. Increases campaign contribution limits, including raising the limit for individual non-candidates to $2000. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-27
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CanadaBritish Columbia2023-06-27GovernancePolitical Contributions and LobbyingFinal RegLobbyists Transparency Regulation Amendment: B.C. Reg. 166/2023
Final Reg of the Attorney General regarding B.C. Reg. 235/2019. Amends the list of prescribed Provincial Entities in the Appendix to the Regulation by replacing ''Northwest Community College" with "Coast Mountain College" and "Oil and Gas Commission" with "British Columbia Energy Regulator," and deleting the Trades Training Consortium of British Columbia, effective June 26, 2023; and deleting the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, effective August 1, 2023. Publication: B.C. Regulations Bulletin No. 24 – June 27, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-06-26
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USAVermont2023-06-12Waste ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackEnacted StatuteHousehold Products Containing Hazardous Substances
Enacted Legislation, H 67. Establishes an obligatory take-back program for manufacturers of certain hazardous household hazardous products. Requires manufacturers subject to the Act to register annually with the Secretary of Natural Resources beginning in January 2025, and to submit collection plans by July, 2025. Sets performance goals, including minimum requirements for collection plans. Grants rulemaking authority to the Secretary of Natural Resources. 77th Biennial Session. Final Date: 2023-06-12
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CanadaOntario2023-06-01Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take-BackRegulatory NoticeBlue Box Producers Reminder
Final Regulatory Notification of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) regarding O. Reg. 391/21. Reminds Blue Box producers that they must sign up with a producer responsibility organization or establish their own collection system before July 1, 2023. Publication: RPRA Latest News Online, June 1, 2023.
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USAFlorida2023-06-16GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteState Minimum Wage
Enacted Legislation, S 892. Relates to state minimum wage; specifies that individuals entitled to receive the federal minimum wage under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act are eligible to receive the state minimum wage. 125th Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-12
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USAIllinois2023-06-30GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteMinimum Wage and Equal Pay
Enacted Legislation, H 3733. Amends the add to include remote workers in the requirement for employers to post summaries of the Act in places employees will see it. 103rd General Assembly. Final Date: 2023-06-30
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USAMaine2023-06-01GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteTimely Payment for Salaried Employees
Enacted Legislation, S 515. Requires every employer to pay employees, with certain exclusions, in regular intervals not to exceed 16 days. 131st Maine Legislature - First Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-01
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USAMaine2023-06-01GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteTimely Payment for Salaried Employees
Enacted Legislation, S 515. Requires every employer to pay employees, with certain exclusions, in regular intervals not to exceed 16 days. 131st Maine Legislature - First Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-06-01
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USANevada2023-05-31GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteEmployment Wages and Compensation
Enacted Legislation, S 147. Requires the payment of certain wages and compensation to an employee when an employer places the employee on a certain work status; provides other matters properly relating thereto. 82nd Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-05-31
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CanadaManitoba2023-06-24GovernanceWages and BenefitsFinal RegOccupational Diseases Regulation: M.R. 69/2023
Final Reg of the The Workers Compensation Board regarding M.R. 69/2023. Establishes the list of occupational diseases for the purpose of benefits - subsection 4(4.1) entitled, "Payment on day of accident" in The Workers Compensation Act. Publication: Manitoba Original Regulations Online, June 24, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-09-01
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CanadaFederal2023-06-21GovernanceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteOrder Fixing February 1, 2024 as the Day on Which Certain Sections of the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2 Come into Force: SI/2023-17 - Canada Labour Code Amendments
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of Labour R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2. Proclaims amendments in Sections 483, 485, and 522 of the Act into force on February 1, 2024. The amendments establish a graduated notice of individual termination of employment for employees in federally regulated workplaces. Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 13, June 21, 2023, p. 1854 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 13, 21 juin 2023, p. 1854 (français). Final Date: 2024-02-01
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CanadaFederal2023-06-22GovernanceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteBudget Implementation Act, 2023, No. 1 - Canada Labour Code Amendments
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of Labour R.S.C. 1985, c. L-2. Amends the Canada Labour Code in Division 15 of Part 4 in respect of leave related to the death or disappearance of a child to, among other things, increase the maximum length of that leave from 104 weeks to 156 weeks. The Act received Royal Assent on June 22, 2023; these amendments come into force on that date. Canada - 1st Session of the 44th Parliament. Final Date: 2023-06-22
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CanadaQuebec2023-06-01GovernanceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteAn Act respecting the Regulation of Work by Children - Amending the Labour Standards Act
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of Labour C.Q.L.R. c. N-1.1. Amends the Act respecting labour standards to prohibit an employer from having work performed by a child under the age of 14 years and the Regulation respecting labour standards to determine the cases in which and conditions on which this prohibition does not apply. In addition, the Bill provides that the number of hours of work that an employer may have performed by a child subject to compulsory school attendance may exceed neither 17 hours per week nor 10 hours from Monday to Friday. The Act received Royal Assent on June 1, 2023, which brings Labour Standards Act amendments specified under sections 1, 2, and 4 to 6 into effect on that day; section 3 comes into effect on September 1, 2023. Quebec - 1st Session of the 43rd Legislature. Final Date: 2023-06-01
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CanadaQuebec2023-06-01GovernanceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteAn Act respecting the Regulation of Work by Children - Amending the Labour Standards Regulation
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of Labour C.Q.L.R. c. N-1.1, r. 3. Amends the Act respecting labour standards to prohibit an employer from having work performed by a child under the age of 14 years and the Regulation respecting labour standards to determine the cases in which and conditions on which this prohibition does not apply. In addition, the Bill provides that the number of hours of work that an employer may have performed by a child subject to compulsory school attendance may exceed neither 17 hours per week nor 10 hours from Monday to Friday. The Act received Royal Assent on June 1, 2023, which brings the Labour Standards Regulation amendments specified under sections 12 to 15 into effect on that day. Quebec - 1st Session of the 43rd Legislature. Final Date: 2023-06-01
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CanadaQuebec2023-06-01GovernanceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteAn Act respecting the Regulation of Work by Children - Amending the Occupational Health and Safety Act
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of Labour C.Q.L.R. c. S-2.1. Makes amendments, under sections 7 to 11, regarding the specific risks that may affect the health or safety of workers who are 16 years of age or under must be identified, analyzed, and considered, in particular in the mandatory prevention programs and action plans. The Act received Royal Assent on June 1, 2023. These amendments are specified to come into force on the same date or dates as paragraph 2 of section 144 and sections 147, 154, 163, and 167 of the Act to Modernize the Occupational Health and Safety Regime which have yet to be proclaimed. Quebec - 1st Session of the 43rd Legislature. Final Date: Upon proclamation.
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CanadaQuebec2023-06-28GovernanceWages and BenefitsProposed RegApplicable Percentages for the Purposes of Levying the Assessment on Employers Personally Liable for the Payment of Benefits for 2024
Proposed Reg of the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail regarding C.Q.L.R., c. A-3.001. Determines the percentages that the Commission must use in order to levy on employers personally liable for the payment of benefits the expenses that it incurs for the application of Chapter X of the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases. Comments may be made in writing to Mr. Bruno Labrecque, Vice-Chairman, Finance, Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail, 1600, avenue D’Estimauville, Québec (Québec) G1J 0H7. The French edition of this draft is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2326-F.pdf.. Contact: Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, June 28, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 26, p. 1373 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 28 juin 2023, 155e année, no 26, p. 2920 (français). Comment Deadline: 2023-08-12
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-07-31ESG Reporting FrameworksEuropean Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS)Final StandardEuropean Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS) adopted by European Commission
Final Standard of the European Commission regarding Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) of 31.7.2023 supplementing Directive 2013/34/EU. Requires companies subject to the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) to report on sustainability matters that are material to their business in accordance with the ESRS. The final delegated act includes 12 standards covering the full range of sustainability issues. The standards become applicable to companies on a sliding schedule through 2028 starting with companies previously subject to the Non-Financial Reporting Directive, which includes large listed companies with 500+ employees. The requirements take effect for financial year 2024, with first sustainability statement published in 2025. Publication: EC Published Initiatives. Effective Date: 2024-01-01
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CanadaNova Scotia 2023-07-28Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RulePrescribed Petroleum Products Prices
Final Rule of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding N.S. Reg. 286/2009. Announces two new amending regulations (N.S. Reg. 131/2023 and N.S. Reg. 132/2023, effective July 7 and July 14, 2023, respectively). Note these Regulations are no longer published in the online Gazette. Stakeholders are referred to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s website at the following address for the current pricing information: https://nsuarb.novascotia.ca/mandates/gasoline-diesel-pricing; or the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for in-person inspection. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 14, pages 411 and 430, July 14, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-06-29
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USAMichigan2023-07-27Local EconIncentivesEnacted StatuteSolar Energy Districts
Enacted Legislation, H 4317. Provides for the establishment of solar energy districts in certain local governmental units; provides for the exemption from certain taxes; provides levy and collect a specific tax on the owners or lessees of certain qualified facilities; provides for the disposition of the tax; provides for the obtaining and transferring of an exemption certificate and to prescribe the contents of those certificates; prescribes the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officials. 102nd Legislature - First Regular Session. Final Date: 2023-07-26
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-07-27ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Proposed StandardISSB issues Proposed IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Taxonomy
Proposed Standard of the ISSB regarding . The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has published Proposed IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Taxonomy for public comment. The proposals reflect the disclosure requirements in the ISSB’s first two Standards—IFRS S1 and IFRS S2. The taxonomy enables digital tagging of information, which is required by the ISSB standards, making it more reportable and easier to analyze. The proposed taxonomy is intended to serve as a global baseline for tagging sustainability-related financial disclosures. Publication: ISSB News Center. Comment Deadline: 2023-09-26
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-07-26ESG Reporting FrameworksGreenhouse Gas ProtocolProposed StandardGHG Protocol Releases Summary of Scope 2 Guidance Survey Feedback
Proposed Standard of the GHG Protocol regarding . The GHG Protocol has issued a draft summary report of feedback from the Scope 2 Guidance Survey. Companies that completed the Scope 2 Guidance Survey may review the summary report to ensure their feedback is represented accurately in the draft summary. Publication: GHG Protocol New Center. Comment Deadline: 2023-09-08
USAIllinois2023-07-25Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteHydrogen Fuel Replacement Tax Credits
Enacted Legislation, H 2204. Intends to encourage the replacement of fossil fuels and hydrogen produced from fossil fuels with qualifying hydrogen fuel cell by providing a tax credit against the taxes imposed under the Illinois Income Tax Act. 103rd General Assembly. Final Date: 2023-07-25
USANorth Dakota2023-07-25Employee WellbeingDiversity EquityEnacted StatuteDiscrimination Law
Enacted Legislation, H 1450. Provides that it is a discriminatory practice for an employer to fail or refuse to make reasonable accommodations for an otherwise qualified individual with a physical or mental disability, because that individual is pregnant, or because of that individual's religion; includes pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions within the definition of the term "pregnant". 68th Legislative Assembly. Final Date: 2023-03-15
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CanadaOntario2023-07-24Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementRegulatory NotificationElectricity Energy Efficiency Programming Post 2024
Regulatory Notification of the Ministry of Energy. Solicits broad feedback from stakeholders and the public on the future of Ontario’s electricity energy efficiency programs (also known as Conservation and Demand Management or CDM.) Responses and supplementary information should be submitted to the contact provided at the end of the notice by no later than 5 PM on September 8, 2023. Publication: Environmental Registry of Ontario Online, ERO No. 019-7401, July 24, 2023.
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-07-23ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) | Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)Regulatory NotificationIFRS publishes comparison of IFRS S2 with the TCFD Recommendations
Regulatory Notification of the ISSB | TCFD. The IFRS Foundation has published a comparison of the requirements in IFRS S2 Climate-related Disclosures and the TCFD recommendations. A key finding from the comparison is that companies that apply the ISSB Standards will meet the TCFD recommendations and so do not need to apply the TCFD recommendations in addition to the ISSB Standards.. Publication: ISSB News Center.
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CanadaOntario2023-07-21Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackRegulatory NotificationRPRA’s Registry now open for Hazardous and Special Products Supply and Performance Reporting
Regulatory Notification of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA). Announces the opening of the Registry and reminds that producers are required to complete supply reporting; and producers, producer responsibility organizations (PROs), processors, haulers, and disposal facilities must complete performance reporting by September 15, 2023. Publication: Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority Online News, July 21, 2023.
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CanadaQuebec2023-07-19Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackProposed RuleDeposit-Refund System for Certain Containers - Amendment
Proposed Rule of the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 16.1. Makes amendments, including but not limited to the following: 1) Changes to definitions to distinguish between redeemable containers and non-returnable containers and to clarify to the applicability of the Regulation; 2) Relaxes requirements for the verification of certain activities; 3) Specifies new deposit amounts to take effect on 1 November and 1 March 2023, and adds an exception to the obligation to pay a deposit to persons selling redeemable containers; 4) Revises provisions re: retail establishments and to those offering on-site consumption; 5) Enables any person to offer a personalized service to collect redeemable containers, under certain conditions; 6) Adds details on calculating contribution fees payable by producers as well as on publication, reporting, management, and remediation requirements; and 7) Revises monetary administrative penalties and sanctions. Comments may be submitted by email to Gitane Boivin, directrice, Direction des matières résiduelles at: infoconsigne-collecte@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Comment deadline: 2023-08-03. The French edition of this draft is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2329-F.pdf. Contact: Gitane Boivin, directrice, Direction des matières résiduelles at: infoconsigne-collecte@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, July 19, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 29, p. 1854 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 19 juillet 2023, 155e année, No. 29, p. 3408 (français). Comment Deadline: 2023-08-03
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CanadaQuebec2023-07-19Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackProposed RuleRecovery and Reclamation of Products by Enterprises - Amendment
Proposed Rule of the Ministère de l’Environnement, de la Lutte contre les Changements Climatiques, de la Faune et des Parcs regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 40.1. Makes amendments, including but not limited to the following: 1) Adds requirements for drop-off centres and collection services for the products (e.g., electronics, batteries, paints, oils) to which the Regulation in force applies; 2) Adds to the information required for annual reports and specifies as new rules on audits; 3) Amends remediation plan requirements; Extends free access for the return of products to drop-off centres to all complementary collection services; 4) Adds smart watches to the category of electronic products; 5) Delays the date on which the minimum recovery rate for paints and paint containers, and for oils, coolants, anti-freeze, filters and containers and other similar products increases from 75% to 80%; 6) Adjusts exclusion provisions and dates for certain specified deadlines. Comments may be submitted by email to Gitane Boivin, directrice, Direction des matières résiduelles at: RRVPE@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Comment deadline: 2023-08-03. The French edition of this draft is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2329-F.pdf. Contact: Gitane Boivin, directrice, Direction des matières résiduelles at: RRVPE@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, July 19, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 29, p. 1867 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 19 juillet 2023, 155e année, No. 29, p. 3431 (français). Comment Deadline: 2023-08-03
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CanadaQuebec2023-07-19Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackProposed RuleSystem of Selective Collection of Certain Residual Materials – Amendment
Proposed Rule of the regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 46.01. Makes amendments, including, but not limited to the following: 1) Revises some definitions; 2) Adds applicability exclusions; 3) Requires certain producers to provide for measures to facilitate the participation of social economy enterprises; 4) Adds requirements to promote the ecodesign of containers, packaging, and printed matter and ensure that the residual materials generated from these are compatible with the system; 5) Delays until 1 January 2027, the date on which the collection and transportation of residual materials consisting of wood, cork, ceramic, porcelain or textiles must be contracted; 6) Adds rules for auditing information filed by producers, sorting centres and conditioners; 7) Specifies the obligations governing producer contributions; and 8) Modifies reporting, administrative requirements, and penalties. Comments may be submitted by email to Gitane Boivin, directrice, Direction des matières résiduelles at: infoconsigne-collecte@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Comment deadline: 2023-08-03. The French edition of this draft is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2329-F.pdf. Contact: Gitane Boivin, directrice, Direction des matières résiduelles at: infoconsigne-collecte@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, July 19, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 29, p. 1883 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 19 juillet 2023, 155e année, No. 29, p. 3439 (français). Comment Deadline: 2023-08-03
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CanadaBritish Columbia2023-07-18Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleSingle-Use and Plastic Waste Prevention Regulation: O.I.C. 461-2023
Final Rule of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy regarding B.C. Reg. 186/2023. Prohibits the distribution and sale of packaging and single-use products composed of oxo-degradable plastic. Specifies additional prohibitions related to shopping bags and food service ware and accessories. Note: At the time of this STP Reg Alert, this Order had not been assigned a B.C. regulation number. Publication: B.C. Regulations Bulletin, No. 27 - July 18, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-12-20
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CanadaNova Scotia 2023-07-14Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RulePrescribed Petroleum Products Prices
Final Rule of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding N.S. Reg. 286/2009. Announces two new amending regulations (N.S. Reg. 111/2023 and N.S. Reg. 119/2023, effective June 23 and June 30, 2023, respectively). Note these Regulations are no longer published in the online Gazette. Stakeholders are referred to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s website at the following address for the current pricing information: https://nsuarb.novascotia.ca/mandates/gasoline-diesel-pricing; or the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for in-person inspection. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 14, pages 411 and 430, July 14, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-06-29
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USAHawaii2023-07-11Employee WellbeingDiversity EquityEnacted StatuteNepotism
Enacted Legislation, H 717. Provides that no employee shall appoint, hire, promote, or retain a relative or household member to, or demote, discharge, or terminate a relative or household member from, or participate in an interview or discussion regarding the appointment, hiring, promotion, or retention of a relative or household member to, or the demotion, discharge, or termination of a relative or household member from a paid position in the employee's employing agency. The 32nd Legislature. Final Date: 2023-07-11
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USAMaine2023-07-11Employee WellbeingAnti HarassmentEnacted StatuteProtecting Employee Freedom of Speech
Enacted Legislation, S 702. Provides that an employer or the employer's agent, representative or designee may not discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize or threaten to discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize or take any adverse employment action against an employee because, among other things, the employee declines to attend or participate in an employer-sponsored meeting, or any portion of such a meeting, that communicates the opinion of the employer about religious or political matters; provides for civil actions. First Special Session - 2023. Final Date: 2023-07-11
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CanadaOntario2023-07-10Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleEfficiency Regulation Amendment
Proposed Rule of the Ministry of Energy regarding O. Reg. 509/18. Introduces rolling incorporation of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) efficiency standards for 24 space and water heating products regulated under the Efficiency Regulation. Comments may be submitted by using the online link in the Notice, or by mail as specified in the Notice through August 24, 2023. Contact: Email: amanda.fishman@ontario.ca. Publication: Environmental Registry of Ontario Online, ERO no. 019-7341, July 10, 2023. Comment Deadline: 2023-08-24
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USARhode Island2023-07-07Local EconCommunity InvestmentEnacted StatuteHistoric Preservation Tax Credits
Enacted Legislation, H 6016. Extends the historic preservation tax credit. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-24
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CanadaManitoba2023-07-07Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RuleManitoba Energy Code for Buildings: M.R. 79/2023
Final Rule of the Minister of Labour and Immigration regarding M.R. 79/2023. Adopts the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2020 with the amendments specified in the Schedule to the Regulation as the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings; The Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings, Manitoba Regulation 213/2013, is repealed on January 1, 2024. Publication: Manitoba Original Regulations Online, July 7, 2023. Effective Date: 2024-01-01
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USAWest Virginia2023-07-07GoveranceLobbying or DonationProposed RuleLobbying
Proposed Rule of the Ethics Commission regarding 158 CSR 12. Clarification that a lobbyist's registration is complete upon submission of the required registration form and payment to the Ethics Commission. Contact: Theresa M. Kirk. Ethics Commission, Ste 300, 210 Brooks St, Charleston, WV 25301, theresa.m.kirk@wv.gov. Publication: Secretary of State Online Data Services 2023-07-07. Comment Deadline: n/a
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USARhode Island2023-07-06Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteState Building Code
Enacted Legislation, S 855. Requires the state building code standards committee to revise the state energy conservation code to meet or exceed the specified year International Energy Conservation Code electric readiness provisions. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-22
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CanadaOntario2023-07-06Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackRegulatory NotificationBlue Box Producer Collection, Management, and Promotion and Education Requirements Now in Effect
Regulatory Notification of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA). Reminds producers that as of July 1, 2023, collection, management, and promotion and education requirements under the Blue Box Regulation are in effect, including setting up an Ontario-wide collection and management system for their products and packaging once consumers discard them. Publication: Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority Online News, July 6, 2023.
non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-07-06ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) | Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)Regulatory NotificationISSB to Take Over Responsibilities of the TCFD
Regulatory Notification of the ISSB | TCFD. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) announced plans to take over the monitoring of companies’ progress on climate-related disclosures from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) beginning in 2024. The news follows the recent publication of the first ISSB standards – IFRS S1 and IFRS S2.
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USARhode Island2023-07-05GoveranceLobbying or DonationEnacted StatuteState Election Campaign Contributions Reporting
Enacted Legislation, H 5962. Raises the contribution limit for individuals and political action committees to a specified amount per year; includes public financing for primary elections with reimbursement of the primary winner for campaign expenditures. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-27
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CanadaFederal2023-07-05Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RuleRegulations Amending Fuel Charge Regulations: SOR/2023-129
Final Rule of the Ministry of the Environment regarding SOR/2018-12187. Makes technical refinements to certain formulas relevant to the computation of charges and updates provisions that permit registration of facilities subject to provincial output-based pricing systems in the provences of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. Note: Section 9 has a seperate effective date of December 20, 2022. Publication: Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 14, July 5, 2023, p. 2146 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 14, 5 juillet 2023, p. 2146 (français). Effective Date: 2023-07-01
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CanadaFederal2023-07-05Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal StatuteOrder Amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act: SOR/2023-148
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of the Environment S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 186. Deletes the name of Saskatchewan from Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Act (i.e., List of Provinces and Areas for the purposes of Part 2, entitled, "Industrial Greenhouse Gas Emissions" of the Act). As such, the federal Output-Based Pricing System (OBPS) will no longer apply to Saskatchewan’s electricity generation and natural gas transmission pipeline sectors, applicable retroactively as of January 1, 2023. Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 14, July 5, 2023, p. 2146 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 14, 5 juillet 2023, p. 2146 (français). Final Date: 2023-01-01
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CanadaFederal2023-07-05Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal StatuteRegulations Amending the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act: SOR/2023-129
Enacted Legislation, Ministry of the Environment S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 186. Adds Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to Part 1 of Schedule 1 as provinces in which the fuel charge under Part 1 of the Act will apply. Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 14, July 5, 2023, p. 2146 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 14, 5 juillet 2023, p. 2146 (français). Final Date: 2023-07-01
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CanadaOntario2023-07-05Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackRegulatory NotificationNew Compliance Bulletin: Hazardous and Special Products Collection Systems
Regulatory Notification of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA). Provides compliance guidance to producers and producer responsibility organizations (PROs) who are required to establish and operate a collection system under the Hazardous and Special Products (HSP) Regulation. Publication: Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority Online News, July 5, 2023.
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CanadaOntario2023-07-04Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackRegulatory NotificationSummary of Amendments to the Blue Box Regulation
Regulatory Notification of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA). Provides a detailed summary of previously notified amendments to this Regulation, including expanded deduction options used to set management requirements. Publication: Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority Online News, July 4, 2023.
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CanadaOntario2023-07-04Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackRegulatory NotificationEnhancements to RPRA’s Registry Resources Webpages
Regulatory Notification of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA). Announces that RPRA has made enhancements to the Registry Resources webpages for batteries, blue box, hazardous and special products, information technology, telecommunications, and audio-visual (ITT/AV) equipment, lighting and tires. These webpages offer a library of resources to support Registry users with navigating the online system and meeting their regulatory requirements. Publication: Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority Online News, July 4, 2023.
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USARhode Island2023-07-03Employee WellbeingAnti HarasmentEnacted StatuteFair Employment Practices
Enacted Legislation, S 342. Prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to execute a nondisclosure agreement or non-disparagement agreement regarding alleged violations of civil rights or criminal conduct, as a condition of employment. Adds the definition "confidential" to the fair employment practices statute. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Final Date: 2023-06-22
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USAHawaii2023-07-03Employee WellbeingDiversity EquityEnacted StatuteJob Listings Hourly Rate or Salary Range Information
Enacted Legislation, S 1057. Requires certain job listings to disclose the hourly rate or salary range that reasonably reflects the actual expected compensation; prohibits an employer from discriminating between employees because of any protected category by paying wages to employees in an establishment at a rate less than the rate at which the employer pays wages to other employees in the establishment for substantially similar work; provides certain exceptions for public employee positions pursuant to collective bargaining. The 32nd Legislature. Final Date: 2023-07-03
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-06-30ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Final StandardSASB standards updated to align with IFRS SS2
Final Standard of the ISSB. The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) has issued updates to the SASB Standards to align the climate-related disclosure topics and metrics with IFRS S2 Climate-related Disclosures. These "consequential amendments" are 'as a consequence' of the recently finalized IFRS S2 to align the standards. The revised standards are effective for annual reporting periods beginning or after Jan 1, 2024. Publication: ISSB News Center. Effective Date: 2024-01-01
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USAIndiana2023-06-07Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleGasoline Tax
Proposed Rule of the Department of Revenue regarding 45 IAC 12. Amends and adds various provisions to clarify, simplify, and update regulations to reflect current department procedures concerning the gasoline tax. Contact: Bruce Kolb, Attorney, Department of State Revenue, Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N248, 317-232-2566, bkolb@dor.in.gov. Publication: Indiana Register 2023-06-07. Comment Deadline: n/a
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USANew York2023-05-24Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleFuel Use Tax on Motor Fuel and Diesel
Proposed Rule of the Department of Taxation and Finance regarding 20 NYRCRR 492. Sets the sales tax component and the composite rate per gallon for the period July 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023. Contact: Kathleen D. Chase, Regulations Specialist, Dept of Taxation and Finance, Office of Counsel, Building 9, W.A. Harriman Campus, Albany, NY 12227, 518-530-4153, kathleen.chase@tax.ny.gov. Publication: Vol. XLV, Issue 21, New York State Register 2023-05-24 p.20. Comment Deadline: 2023-07-23
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USAVermont2022-11-02Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleCommercial Building Energy Standards Amendments
Proposed Rule of the Department of Public Service regarding Uncodified. This rulemaking amends the existing Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards (CBES), last updated in 2020. The agency has not yet published a draft of the proposed amendments. Contact: Barry Murphy, 112 State St, Montpelier, VT 05620, 802-828-3183, barry.murphy@vermont.gov. Publication: Secretary of State Notices of Rulemaking 2022-11-02. Comment Deadline: 2022-12-19
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USADelaware2023-07-25Employee WellbeingAnti-harassment / PrivacyEnacted StatuteDiscrimination in Employment
Enacted Statute, H 184. Amends the definitions of "domestic violence," "sexual offense," and "stalking," which are violations for which an employer may request verifications by an official document. 152nd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-07-25
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USAIllinois2023-07-28Employee WellbeingAnti-harassment / PrivacyEnacted StatuteGender Violence Act
Enacted Statute, H 1363. Adds definitions related to gender-related violence in the workplace. Adds provisions limiting and clarifying employer liability and responsibilities. 103rd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-07-28
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USAIllinois2023-07-28ESG GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteTransportation Benefits Program Act
Enacted Statute, H 2068. Creates the Transportation Benefits Program Act; requires all covered employers to provide a program that allows a covered employee to elect to exclude from taxable wages and compensation the employee's commuting costs incurred for the purchase of a transit pass to use public transit or for the purchase of qualified parking, up to a maximum level allowed by federal tax law; provides that all transit agencies shall market the existence of this program and the Act to their riders. 103rd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-07-28
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USAIllinois2023-07-28ESG GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteVictims Economic Security and Safety Act
Enacted Statute, H 2493. Amends the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act; provides that an employee may take unpaid leave from work for specified reasons relating to a family or household member who is killed in a crime of violence; provides that an employee shall be entitled to a total of not more than 2 workweeks of unpaid leave for specified reasons relating to a family or household member who is killed in a crime of violence, which must be completed within 60 days after the date on which the employee receives notice. 103rd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-07-28
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USAMichigan2023-07-27Local Econ DevelopIncentivesEnacted StatuteSolar Energy Districts
Enacted Statute, H 4317. Provides for the establishment of solar energy districts in certain local governmental units; provides for the exemption from certain taxes; provides levy and collect a specific tax on the owners or lessees of certain qualified facilities; provides for the disposition of the tax; provides for the obtaining and transferring of an exemption certificate and to prescribe the contents of those certificates; prescribes the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officials. 102nd Legislature - First Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-07-26
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USAOregon2023-08-03Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteEnergy Efficiency In Buildings
Enacted Statute, H 3409. Relates to climate; relates to designated state agency programs for energy efficiency in buildings. 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly - 2023 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-07-27
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USARhode Island2023-07-08GoveranceLobbying or DonationEnacted StatuteCampaign Contributions and Expenditures Reporting
Enacted Statute, S 846. Defines accounts payable as credit extended by an outside vendor in the ordinary course of business, and not as a campaign contribution; raises the minimum aggregate reporting amount to a specified amount per year. 2023-24 Legislative Session. Enacted Date: 2023-06-27
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USADelaware2023-08-03Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteSolar Ready Zone
Enacted Statute, H 11. Adds requirement for new buildings to have solar-ready zones located on the roof of buildings. 152nd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-08-03
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USAIllinois2023-08-04Employee WellbeingDiversity EquityEnacted StatutePension Code
Enacted Statute, H 2089. Significantly amends the Act, adding the Insurance company supplier diversity report, which adds reporting requirements for certain insurance companies. 103rd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-08-04
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USAIllinois2023-08-04Employee WellbeingFreedom of AssocEnacted StatuteLabor and Employment Rights
Enacted Statute, H 2862. Amends the Act to prohibit labor service agencies from sending a day or temporary laborer to a place where a strike, a lockout, or other labor trouble exists without taking measures to ensure the laborer understands their right to refuse the assignment. 103rd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-08-04
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USAIllinois2023-08-11GoveranceWages and BenefitsEnacted StatuteEqual Pay Act
Enacted Statute, H 3129. Amends the Equal Pay Act of 2003; provides that an employer shall be liable for a third party's failure to include the pay scale and benefits in a job posting; provides that an employer shall announce, post, or otherwise make known all opportunities for promotion to all current employees no later than the same calendar day that the employer makes an external job posting for the position; provides that an employer shall make and preserve records that document the pay scale and benefits for a position. 103rd General Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-08-11
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USANew York2023-08-23Employee WellbeingAnti Harasment PrivacyEnacted StatuteHuman Rights Law Protected Classes
Enacted Statute, A 7355. Adds gender identity or expression as a protected class of the Human Rights Law; provides that it shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to, among other things, refuse to hire or employ or to bar or to discharge from internship an intern or to discriminate against such intern in terms, conditions or privileges of employment as an intern because of the intern's specified characteristics, including but not limited to their age, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. 246th Annual Legislative Session. Enacted Date: 2023-08-23
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CanadaFederal2023-08-02Supply ChainResponsible SourcingFinal RuleAmending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations: SOR/2023-163
Final Rule of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding SOR/2014-58. Adds 20 individuals and 21 entities to Schedule 1 of the Regulations, who are subject to a broad dealings ban, including persons connected to Russia’s military-industrial complex e.g., the Orlan drone supply chain, and the nuclear sector that contribute to Russia’s revenues. The amendments also prohibit persons in Canada and Canadians abroad from exporting, selling, supplying or shipping arms and related material, wherever situated, to Russia or to any person in Russia. Further, the amendment seeks to prohibit providing to Russia or to any person in Russia any technical or financial assistance, technical or financial services or brokerage or other services related to the supply, sale, transfer, manufacture or use of arms and related materials. Publication: Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 16, August 2, 2023, p. 2378 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 16, 2 août 2023, p. 2378 (français). Effective Date: 2023-07-19
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CanadaNova Scotia '2023-08-11Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RulePrescribed Petroleum Products Prices
Final Rule of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding N.S. Reg. 286/2009. Announces three amending regulations (N.S. Reg. 135/2023, N.S. Reg. 136/2023, and N.S. Reg. 137/2023 effective July 21, July 28, and August 1, 2023, respectively). Note these Regulations are no longer published in the online Gazette. Stakeholders are referred to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s website at the following address for the current pricing information: https://nsuarb.novascotia.ca/mandates/gasoline-diesel-pricing; or the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for in-person inspection. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 16, page 464, August 11, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-07-21
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USAColorado2023-08-11Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RuleElectrical Board Rules and Regulations
Final Rule of the Department of Regulatory Agencies/Division of Professions and Occupations/Electrical Board regarding 3 CCR 710-1. Amends rules to require the State Electrical Board to Adopt Rules facilitating electric vehicle charging at multifamily buildings, limiting the ability of the State Electrical Board to prohibit the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, forbidding private prohibitions on electric vehicle charging and parking, requiring local governments to count certain spaces served by an electric vehicle charging station for minimum parking requirements, forbidding local governments from prohibiting the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, exempting electric vehicle chargers from business personal property tax, and authorizing electric vehicle charging systems along highway rights-of-way. Publication: Code of Colorado Regulations eDocket 2023-08-11. Effective Date: 2023-07-26
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CanadaSaskatchewan'2023-08-04Employee well-beingAnti-harassment / PrivacyFinal RuleThe Health Information Protection Regulations, 2023 Amendment: S.R. 68/2023
Final Rule of the Cabinet Secretariat regarding R.R.S. H-0.021 Reg 2. Amends these Regulations, which apply where health services are provided, to correct provisions related to the retention of personal health information. For a link to the Regulations, see https://publications.saskatchewan.ca/#/products/121555. Publication: The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Volume 119, No.31, August 4, 2023, p. 404. Effective Date: 2023-08-01
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CanadaNova Scotia '2023-08-11Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleExtended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, Paper Products and Packaging-Like Products Regulations: N.S. Reg. 139/2023
Final Rule of the regarding N.S. Reg. 139/2023. Makes producers responsible to pay for, collect, and recycle packaging, paper products and packaging-like materials; requires producers to meet recycling targets intended to encourage more eco-friendly packaging and reduce single-use plastics. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 16, page 473, August 11, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-01
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CanadaNova Scotia '2023-08-11Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleSolid Waste-Resource Management Regulations–Amendment: N.S. Reg. 138/2023
Final Rule of the Department of Environment and Climate Change regarding N.S. Reg. 25/96. Specifies and/or updates requirements related to battery, lamp, and electronic products stewardship programs; updates the list of Designated Materials Banned from Destruction or Disposal in Landfills and Incinerators. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 16, page 473, August 11, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-01
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CanadaQuebec'2023-08-02GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleAmending the Decree Respecting Security Guards
Final Rule of the Ministry of Labour regarding C.Q.L.R. c. D-2, r 1. Revises the wage premiums offered to security guards and increases wage rates and certain hourly premiums provided for in the Decree. The French edition of this draft is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2331-F.pdf. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, August 2, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 31, p. 1974 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 2 août 2023, 155e année, No. 31, p. 3684 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-02
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CanadaNova Scotia '2023-08-25Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RulePackaging, Paper Products and Packaging-Like Products Material Management Standard Adoption Regulations: N.S. Reg. 142/2023
Final Rule of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding N.S. Reg. 139/2023. Orders the adoption of this Standard as amended or replaced from time to time, as the Standard setting out the minimum material management requirements for the prescribed designated materials in the Extended Producer Responsibility for Packaging, Paper Products and Packaging-Like Products Regulations. The Order further specifes that the Standard must be made available on the Department of Environment and Climate Change’s website; see: https://novascotia.ca/nse/dept/docs.policy/packaging-paper-products-material-management-standard.pdf. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 17, page 490, August 25, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-08-02
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USANew York2023-08-02Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RuleFuel Use Tax on Motor Fuel and Diesel
Final Rule of the Department of Taxation and Finance regarding 20 NYRCRR 492. Sets the sales tax component and the composite rate per gallon for the period July 1, 2023 through September 30, 2023. Publication: Vol. XLV, Issue 34, New York State Register 2023-08-23 p.18. Effective Date: 2023-08-02
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-16Supply ChainResponsible SourcingFinal RuleAmending the Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations: SOR/2023-178
Final Rule of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding SOR/2020-214. Adds nine individuals and seven entities that are subject to the broad dealing ban to Schedule 1 of these Regulations, including the Ministry of Defence of Belarus, the Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus, and military manufacturing and technology companies. Publication: Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 17, August 16, 2023, p. 2455 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 17, 16 août 2417, p. 2455 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-16Supply ChainResponsible SourcingFinal RuleAmending the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations: SOR/2023-177
Final Rule of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding SOR/2010-165. Adds seven individuals to these Regulations, who are subject to a broad dealings ban, including senior officials of Iranian entities who manufacture and supply its Law Enforcement Forces with tactical equipment and vehicles. Publication: Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 17, August 16, 2023, p. 2447 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 17, 16 août 2417, p. 2447 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-16GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleExemptions from and Modifications to Hours of Work Provisions Regulations Amendments: SOR/2023-180
Final Rule of the Minister of Labour regarding SOR/2021-200. Provides exemptions from and modifications to the hours of work provisions for specific classes of employees to implement new hours of work provisions in the Labour Code (sections 169.1, 169.2, 173.01 and 173.1) which aim to balance the operational realities of certain industries with the legislative goal of providing employees with work-life balance and more predictability in relation to their hours of work. The Regulations come into force on August 4, 2023, except that Section 5 comes into force on January 4, 2024, and Section 6 comes into force on June 4, 2024. Publication: Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 17, August 16, 2023, p. 2472 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 17, 16 août 2417, p. 2472 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaNova Scotia '2023-08-25Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RulePrescribed Petroleum Products Prices - Amendments
Final Rule of the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board regarding N.S. Reg. 286/2009. Announces two amending regulations (N.S. Reg. 143/2023 and N.S. Reg. 144/2023, effective August 4 and August 11, 2023, respectively). Note these Regulations are no longer published in the online Gazette. Stakeholders are referred to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board’s website at the following address for the current pricing information: https://nsuarb.novascotia.ca/mandates/gasoline-diesel-pricing; or the Office of the Registrar of Regulations for in-person inspection. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 17, page 491, August 25, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-04Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal StandardEnergy Efficiency and Test Methodology for EVSE DCFCs
Final Standard of the Canadian Standards Association regarding CSA C810:23. Announces the first edition of this Standard which specifies a test method for calculating the energy efficiency of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) for direct current fast charging (DCFC) across a full range of load conditions. It defines operating modes, and provides energy efficiency minimum requirements for these operating modes. Publication: CSA Group Current Standards and Activities Online, updated August 4, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-04Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal StandardNational Technical Specification for Terminology for the Decentralized Energy Industry in Canada (Spécifications techniques nationales pour la terminologie de l’industrie énergétique décentralisée au Canada)
Final Standard of the Canadian Standards Association regarding CSA TS-117:23. Announces the first edition of this technical specification (TS) for terminology for the decentralized energy industry in Canada to provide a foundation for a common understanding of terms used in the energy sector, improve communications, and raise the effectiveness of information exchange. It also serves to provide accepted terminology for use in subsequent related standards-based solutions to support Canada's commitment to acheive net-zero emissions by 2050. Publication: CSA Group Current Standards and Activities Online, updated August 4, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-04Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal StandardTest Method for Rating Micro Combined Heat and Power (mCHP) Devices
Final Standard of the Canadian Standards Association regarding CSA P.15:23. Announces the first edition of this Standard which applies to mCHP devices including a) Stationary packaged systems designed for small commercial applications; b) Fuel gas devices, including different prime mover/generator types (e.g., steam, organic Rankine cycle, fuel cell, and IC); c) With net AC electrical output less than 10 kW; and d) With useful thermal output less than 85 kW. It covers a) Performance testing at cold outdoor temperatures; b) Testing part load efficiencies (including below 50% electrical output); c) Testing the performance of indoor versus outdoor unit installation; and d) Flue gas waste heat recovery. Publication: CSA Group Current Standards and Activities Online, updated August 4, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-04
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CanadaYukon'2023-08-25Employee well-beingDiversity, Equity, InclusionFinal RuleMinister's Advisory Council on Women and Gender Equity Regulation
Final Rule of the Executive Council regarding O.I.C. 2023/119. Establishes the criteria for membership of this Council. Publication: Yukon Legislation Online - Regulations, August 25, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-08-24
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CanadaManitoba'2023-08-25Employee well-beingDiversity, Equity, InclusionFinal RuleAccessible Employment Standard Regulation - Amendment: M.R. 122/2023
Final Rule of the regarding M.R. 70/2019. Revises the definition of "health authority" by referencing The Health System Governance and Accountability Act. Publication: Manitoba Laws Online, August 28, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-25
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CanadaManitoba'2023-08-25Employee well-beingDiversity, Equity, InclusionFinal RuleAccessible Information and Communication Standard Regulation- Amendment: M.R. 123/2023
Final Rule of the regarding M.R. 47/2022. Revises the definition of "health authority" by referencing The Health System Governance and Accountability Act. Publication: Manitoba Laws Online, August 28, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-08-25
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CanadaQuebec2023-08-30Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleDeposit-Refund System for Certain Containers - Amendment: O.C. 1366-2023
Final Rule of the regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 16.1. Makes amendments, including but not limited to the following: 1) Changes to definitions to distinguish between redeemable containers and non-returnable containers and to clarify to the applicability of the Regulation; 2) Relaxes requirements for the verification of certain activities; 3) Specifies new deposit amounts to take effect on 1 November and 1 March 2023; 4) Revises provisions re: retail establishments and to those offering on-site consumption; 5) Enables any person to offer a personalized service to collect redeemable containers, under certain conditions; 6) Adds details on calculating contribution fees payable by producers as well as on publication, reporting, management, and remediation requirements; and 7) Revises monetary administrative penalties and sanctions. The French edition of this amendment is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2335-F.pdf Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, August 30, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 35, p. 2092 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 30 août 2023, 155e année, No. 35, p. 3962 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-30
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CanadaQuebec2023-08-30Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleRecovery and Reclamation of Products by Enterprises - Amendment: O.C. 1369-2023
Final Rule of the regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 40.1. Makes amendments, including but not limited to the following: 1) Adds requirements for drop-off centres and collection services for the products (e.g., electronics, batteries, paints, oils) to which the Regulation in force applies; 2) Adds to the information required for annual reports and specifies as new rules on audits; 3) Amends remediation plan requirements; Extends free access for the return of products to drop-off centres to all complementary collection services; 4) Adds smart watches to the category of electronic products; 5) Delays the date on which the minimum recovery rate for paints and paint containers, and for oils, coolants, anti-freeze, filters and containers and other similar products increases from 75% to 80%; 6) Adjusts exclusion provisions and dates for certain specified deadlines. The French edition of this amendment is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2335-F.pdf Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, August 30, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 35, p. 2113 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 30 août 2023, 155e année, No. 35, p. 3985 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-30
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CanadaQuebec2023-08-30Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleRegulation Respecting Compensation for Municipal Services Provided to Recover and Reclaim Residual Materials: O.C. 1368-2023
Final Rule of the regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 10. Makes numerous amendments, including but not limited to the following: 1) Adding to the information required for the annual reports that an enterprise must submit to the Minister, 2) Specifying rules on audits; 3) Revising obligations concerning remediation plans; 4) Adds smart watches to the category of electronic products; and 5) Pushes back the date on which the minimum recovery rate for paints and paint containers and for oils, coolants, antifreeze, filters and containers and other similar products increases from 75% to 80% . The French edition of this amendment is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2335-F.pdf. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, August 30, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 35, p. 2109 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 30 août 2023, 155e année, No. 35, p. 3980 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-30
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CanadaQuebec2023-08-30Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal RuleSystem of Selective Collection of Certain Residual Materials – Amendment: O.C. 1365-2023
Final Rule of the regarding C.Q.L.R. c. Q-2, r. 46.01. Makes amendments, including, but not limited to the following: 1) Revises some definitions; 2) Adds applicability exclusions; 3) Requires certain producers to provide for measures to facilitate the participation of social economy enterprises; 4) Adds requirements to promote the ecodesign of containers, packaging, and printed matter and ensure that the residual materials generated from these are compatible with the system; 5) Delays until 1 January 2027, the date on which the collection and transportation of residual materials consisting of wood, cork, ceramic, porcelain or textiles must be contracted; 6) Adds rules for auditing information filed by producers, sorting centres and conditioners; 7) Specifies the obligations governing producer contributions; and 8) Modifies reporting, administrative requirements, and penalties. The French edition of this amendment is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2335-F.pdf Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, August 30, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 35, p. 2080 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 30 août 2023, 155e année, No. 35, p. 3949 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-30
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CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador2023-08-31GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleConstruction Industry Early and Safe Return to Work Labrador Regulations Repeal: N.L.R. 64/23
Final Rule of the regarding N.L.R. 77/02. Repeals these Regulations. Publication: The Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette Extraordinary Issue, Part II, August 31, 2023, p. 4. Effective Date: 2023-08-31
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USAGeorgia2023-08-16GoveranceLobbying or DonationFinal RuleAdjustment of Contribution Limits
Final Rule of the Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission regarding GAC 189-1-.07. Repeals rule. Publication: Georgia Administrative Code 2023-08-24. Effective Date: 2023-09-05
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USAColorado2023-08-05Climate ChangeCarbon Emisn ReportingFinal RuleControl of Ozone via Ozone Precursors and Hydrocarbons
Final Rule of the Department of Public Health and Environment/Air Quality Control Commission regarding 5 CCR 1001-9. Amends rules to address the verification requirements for the greenhouse gas intensity rule for the upstream oil and gas sector, which was adopted in December 2021. The proposal also includes revisions to requirements for monitoring of enclosed combustion devices at oil and gas operations, also adopted in December 2021. Publication: Code of Colorado Regulations eDocket 2023-08-07. Effective Date: 2023-09-14
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USAColorado2023-08-17Climate ChangeCarbon Emisn ReportingFinal RuleBuilding Benchmarking and Performance Standards
Final Rule of the Department of Public Health and Environment/Air Quality Control Commission regarding 5 CCR 1001-32. Establishes a new Regulation Number 28 to address greenhouse gas emissions attributable to buildings to include building performance standards for covered buildings, performance standards waivers and extensions, and data benchmarking and reporting requirements, and in response to House Bill 19-1261 and House Bill 21-1286. Publication: Code of Colorado Regulations eDocket 2023-08-22. Effective Date: 2023-08-24
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USAArkansas2023-08-25GoveranceLobbying or DonationFinal RuleRules on Campaign Contribution Limit
Final Rule of the Ethics Commission regarding 153.00.23. Establishes a campaign contribution limit and give the public clear guidance on that limit. The presumed intent of the mandated adjustment is to keep the contribution limit in line with the rising costs of running a campaign for public office. Publication: Secretary of State, Administrative Rules Online 2023-08-28. Effective Date: 2023-08-29
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USAIowa2023-08-23Human RightsChild LaborProposed RuleChild Labor
Proposed Rule of the Workforce Development Department/Labor Services Division regarding 875 IAC 32. Eliminates permits and penalties for lack of permits; allows some previously forbidden work, clarifies new allowed work, and establishes procedures for waivers allowed by the legislation; changes terminology from occupations to activities and from commissioner to director; defines the youth employment exception from otherwise disallowed activities, and renumbers as needed. Contact: Mitchell Mahan, Division of Labor Services, 150 Des Moines St, Des Moines, IA 50309, mitchell.mahan@dia.iowa.gov. Comment Deadline: 2023-09-26
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USAIndiana2023-08-09Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleGasoline Tax
Proposed Rule of the Department of Revenue regarding 45 IAC 12. Amends and adds various provisions to 45 IAC 12 to clarify, simplify, and update regulations to reflect current department procedures concerning the gasoline tax. Contact: Bruce Kolb, Attorney, Department of State Revenue, Indiana Government Center North, 100 North Senate Avenue, Room N248, 317-232-2566, bkolb@dor.in.gov. Comment Deadline: N/A
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USAArkansas2023-08-11Human RightsChild LaborProposed RuleChild Labor
Proposed Rule of the Department of Labor regarding 235.08.23. Repeals the child labor employment certificate rules. Lowers the minimum age permissible to do certain job to 16. Updates certain exemptions to the hazardous employment prohibition. Makes grammatical and stylistic changes. Contact: Dan Parker, Miles Morgan, Ralph Hudson, Division of Labor, 501-682-4500, Daniel.L.Parker@arkansas.gov, Miles.Morgan@arkansas.gov, Ralph.T.Hudson@arkansas.gov. Comment Deadline: 2023-09-13
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CanadaFederal'2023-08-19Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleNew Clean Electricity Regulations under Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999
Proposed Rule of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change regarding C.R.C. 1978, c. 407. Establish performance standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuel–generated electricity starting in 2035 through the application to electricity generating units of an annual basis emission performance standard of 30 tonnes of CO2 per GWh of electricity produced (30 t/GWh), with limited exceptions. The Regulations apply to all electricity generation units that meet the following three applicability criteria: 1) Use any amount of fossil fuels to generate electricity; 2) Have a capacity of 25 MW or greater; and 3) Are connected to an electricity system that is subject to North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards (NERC-regulated electricity system). Contact: Karishma Boroowa (email: ECD-DEC@ec.gc.ca). Comment Deadline: 2023-11-02
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-08-01ESG Reporting FrameworksGovernment Reporting Initiative (GRI)Regulatory NotificationSector Standard Development for Financial Services Kicks Off
>Regulatory Notification of the GRI has issued: Starting September 2023, the technical committees for the Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance sectors will begin providing technical advisory for the development sector standards for Financial Services. The first public exposure draft is aimed for Q4 2024. Contact: financialservices@globalreporting.org. Comment Deadline: N/A
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks'2023-08-10ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Regulatory NotificationUK Financial Conduct Authority Announces Plans to Align Disclosure Requirements with ISSB Standards
Regulatory Notification of the ISSB | UK Financial Conduct Authority has issued: UK's Financial Control Authority (FCA) announced plans to consult on the adoption of disclosure requirements aligned with ISSB's S1 and S2 standards beginning in mid-2024. FCA intends to finalize its policy position by the end of 2024, with a view to bring new requirements into force for accounting periods beginning after 1 January 2025. The first reporting would begin in 2026. Contact: UKSustainabilityTAC@frc.org.uk. Comment Deadline: 2023-11-10
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks'2023-08-24ESG Reporting FrameworksCarbon Disclosure Project (CDP)Regulatory NotificationCDP Issues Technical Guidance for Reporting Net Zero Transition Plans
Regulatory Notification of the CDP has issued: CDP issued a technical note on how reporting companies can include information about their net zero transition plans. The guidance aligns with the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) guidelines, including a table that shows how companies can report a GFANZ-aligned transition plan using the CDP framework. Comment Deadline: N/A
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks'2023-08-10ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Regulatory NotificationUK Financial Conduct Authority Announces Plans to Align Disclosure Requirements with ISSB Standards
Regulatory Notification of the ISSB | UK Financial Conduct Authority has issued: UK's Financial Control Authority (FCA) announced plans to consult on the adoption of disclosure requirements aligned with ISSB's S1 and S2 standards beginning in mid-2024. FCA intends to finalize its policy position by the end of 2024, with a view to bring new requirements into force for accounting periods beginning after 1 January 2025. The first reporting would begin in 2026. Contact: UKSustainabilityTAC@frc.org.uk. Comment Deadline: 2023-10-11
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks'2023-08-24ESG Reporting FrameworksCarbon Disclosure Project (CDP)Regulatory NotificationCDP Issues Technical Guidance for Reporting Net Zero Transition Plans
Regulatory Notification of the CDP has issued: CDP issued a technical note on how reporting companies can include information about their net zero transition plans. The guidance aligns with the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) guidelines, including a table that shows how companies can report a GFANZ-aligned transition plan using the CDP framework. Comment Deadline: N/A
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-08-01ESG Reporting FrameworksGovernment Reporting Initiative (GRI)Regulatory NotificationSector Standard Development for Financial Services Kicks Off
Regulatory Notification of the GRI has issued: Starting September 2023, the technical committees for the Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance sectors will begin providing technical advisory for the development sector standards for Financial Services. The first public exposure draft is aimed for Q4 2024. Comment Deadline: N/A
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CanadaQuebec2023-09-20Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingProposed RuleContaminants into the Atmosphere
Proposed Rule of the Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks regarding C.Q.L.R., c. Q-2, r. 15. Amends this Regulation to establish mandatory reporting for operators whose enterprises, facilities, or establishments engage in greenhouse gas emissions capture, storage, re-use, or elimination, or receive greenhouse gas emission transfers from other operators’ enterprises, facilities, or establishments. The Regulation also clarifies Protocol QC.1 as regards biomethane reporting and amends Protocol QC.16 mainly to include the total energy consumed as part of greenhouse gas reporting requirements. Lastly, minor adjustments are made to Tables 1-1, 1-3, 29-1, and 29-6 and Table 17-1 concerning default greenhouse gas emission factors for Canadian provinces and certain North American markets. The French edition of this Notice is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2338-F.pdf. Contact: Email at vicky.leblond@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Comment Deadline: 2023-11-04
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CanadaQuebec2023-09-20Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingProposed RuleCap-and-Trade System for Greenhouse Gas Emission Allowances Regulation Amendment
Proposed Rule of the Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks regarding C.Q.L.R., c. Q-2, r. 46.1. Amends this Regulation to exclude data for reference years that have more than 10% of data missing from the calculation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and from the calculation of hydrogen consumption used in five equations (nos. 19-13, 19-14, 19-15, 19-16 and 19-18) to determine the total quantity of GHG emission units allocated without charge that may be paid to an eligible emitter for the period 2024-2030. The expression “sampling rate” used in those equations is also revised to clarify that it has the meaning assigned to it by the Mandatory Reporting of Certain Emissions of Contaminants into the Atmosphere Regulation (chapter Q-2, r. 15). The French edition of this Notice is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2338-F.pdf. Contact: Email: Nicolas.Garceau@environnement.gouv.qc.ca. Comment Deadline: 2023-11-04
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CanadaQuebec2023-09-13Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleMaximum Production Capacity of a Wind Farm for the Purposes of a Program to Purchase Electric Power from a Wind Source
Proposed Rule of the Minister of Economy, Innovation and Energy regarding C.Q.L.R. c. R-6.01. Determines the maximum eligible production capacity, that is, 215 MW, of certain existing wind farms for the purposes of a Hydro-Québec program to purchase electric power from a wind source, the terms of which will have been approved by the Régie de l’énergie, to allow Hydro-Québec to continue to purchase electric power from a wind energy producer operating such a source. The Regulation is expected to reduce the electric power purchase price for Québec clients, among other benefits. Comments may be submitted to . Comment deadline: October 28, 2023. The French edition of this Notice is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2337-F.pdf. Contact: Étienne Chabot, Director General, Direction générale de l’électricité, Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et de l’Énergie, 5700, 4e Avenue Ouest, bureau A-402, Québec, QC, G1H 6R1. Comment Deadline: 2023-10-28
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CanadaOntario2023-09-14Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementProposed RuleStreamlining the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) Exemption Process
Proposed Rule of the Ministry of Energy regarding O. Reg. 506/18. Amends this Regulation, which sets out Ontario’s Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) program for prescribed buildings 50,000 square feet and larger. Building owners are required to report their energy and water consumption data to the Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) by July 1 every year via Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The amendments streamline the exemption process for eligible building owners by removing the requirement to submit supporting documentation when submitting either an ongoing or annual exemption notice from reporting. Comments may be submitted using the online link in the Notice, or by email to tania.donovska@ontario.ca. Comment deadline: October 14, 2023. Contact: Email: tania.donovska@ontario.ca. Comment Deadline: 2023-10-14
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CanadaQuebec2023-09-06GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleText Corrections to the Amended Decree Respecting Security Guards: O.C. 1408-2023
Final Rule of the Ministry of Labour regarding C.Q.L.R. c. D-2, r 1. Revises the wage premiums offered to security guards and increases wage rates and certain hourly premiums provided for in the Decree. The French edition of this Notice is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2336-F.pdf. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, September 6, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 36, p. 2135 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 6 septembre 2023, 155e année, No. 36, p. 4025 (français). Effective Date:
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CanadaQuebec2023-09-20Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RuleZero-Emission Motor Vehicles; Emission Reduction - Regulation Amendment: O.C. 1422-2023
Final Rule of the Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks regarding C.Q.L.R., c. A-33.02, r. 1. Amends the Regulation to progressively increase the number of credits that must be accumulated by a motor vehicle manufacturer to meet its requirements in order to reach 100% of zero-emission motor vehicle sales in 2035. The French edition of this Notice is available at: https://www.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/gazette/pdf_encrypte/gaz_entiere/2338-F.pdf. Publication: Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2,September 20, 2023, Vol. 155, No. 38, p. 2201 (English); Gazette officielle du Québec, Partie 2, 20 septembre 2023, 155e année, No. 38, p. 4243 (français). Effective Date: 2023-10-05
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CanadaNewfoundland and Labrador2023-09-01GoveranceWages and benefitsFinal RuleWorkplace Health, Safety and Compensation Administrative Regulations: N.L.R. 66/23
Final Rule of the WorkplaceNL regarding N.L.R. 66/23. Specifies occupational diseases, compensation benefits and how these are calculated. Provides fishing industry requirements. Publication: The Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette, Part II, Vol. 98, No. 35, September 1, 2023, p. 475. Effective Date: 2023-09-01
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CanadaAlberta2023-09-27Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackFinal GuidanceExtended Producer Responsibility Regulation - Info on Transition & Implementation Schedule
Final Guidance of the Minister of Environment and Protected Areas has issued: Provides information on anticipated transition and implementation timelines and general information as it relates to Alberta's Extended Producer Responsibility Regulation, which came into force on November 30, 2022. Contact: . Comment Deadline:
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CanadaBritish Columbia2023-09-09Employee well-beingDiversity, Equity, InclusionProposed RulePart 4, General Conditions, sections 4.24 to 4.31.2 — Harassment and Violence - Proposed Amendments
Proposed Rule of the Work Safe BC regarding B.C. Reg. 296/97. Adds a requirement for the establishment of a harassment and violence program and makes changes to include a single definition for behavioral hazards, called harassment and violence to clarify its applicability. The definition states that an action may be considered harassment or violence if it can reasonably be expected to intimidate, humiliate, or offend a worker, or to cause physical or psychological harm to a worker, including behavior that targets personal characteristics such as gender or race. Comments may be sent via email to OHSRegFeedback@worksafebc.com, or by post as specified at the end of the Notice. Comment deadline: October 30, 2023. Contact: Email: OHSRegFeedback@worksafebc.com. Comment Deadline: 2023-10-30
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CanadaFederal2023-09-13Human RightsChild LaborProposed RulePROY-NOM-038-STPS-2023, 60 day comment period
Proposed Rule of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare regarding Employment of Minors; Low Risk Job Classification. Establishes the classification of agricultural, forestry, sawing, forestry, hunting, and fishing activities, so that those tasks, tasks or jobs considered to be of lower risk for minor workers are identified, in accordance with the provisions of Article 176 section II, paragraph 8, of the Federal Labor Law, that do not involve the use of chemicals, handling of machinery and heavy vehicles. Contact: . Comment Deadline: 2023-11-13
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CanadaFederal2023-09-14Supply ChainResponsible SourcingFinal RuleAmending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations: SOR/2023-163
Final Rule of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding SOR/2014-58. Adds 4 individuals and 29 entities who are subject to a broad dealings ban. In coordination with G7 allies, they include persons connected to Russia’s military-industrial complex (including Russian state-owned companies), financial institutions, and nuclear sector entities that contribute to Russia’s revenues. Publication: Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 157, No. 19, September 13, 2023, p. 2601 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 19, 13 septembre 2023, p. 2601 (français). Effective Date: 2023-08-24
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CanadaNorthwest Territories2023-08-31GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleEmployment Standards Regulations - Amendment: R-052-2023
Final Rule of the Ministry of Labor regarding R.R.N.W.T.-020-2008. Raises the minimum wage to $16.05 per hour. Publication: Northwest Territories Gazette, Part II, Volume 44, No. 8, p. 183, August 31, 2023 / Gazette des Territoires du Nord-Ouest, Partie II, Volume 44, no. 8, p. 183, 31 août 2023. Effective Date: 2023-09-01
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CanadaNova Scotia2023-09-22Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingFinal RuleCap-and-Trade Program Regulations - Amendment: N.S. Reg. 160/2023
Final Rule of the regarding N.S. Reg. 194/2018. Clarifies greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting procedures, including that revised GHG reports for a facility may not be submitted after September 15, 2023, and adds provisions on the transfer of emission allowances after a compliance period deadline, as well as the closure of program participants’ accounts after this deadline. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 19, p. 571, September 22, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-09-12
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CanadaNova Scotia2023-09-22Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingFinal RuleQuantification, Reporting and Verification Regulations - Amendment: N.S. Reg. 161/2023
Final Rule of the regarding N.S. Reg. 29/2018. Amends greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting provisions to reflect that Nova Scotia is transitioning from the cap-and-trade program to an Output-Based Pricing System for large emitters for the 2023-2030 period; specifies that the final compliance deadline for all participants under the current program is December 15, 2023. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 19, p. 571, September 22, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-09-12
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CanadaNova Scotia2023-09-08Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementFinal RuleGreen Choice Program Regulations
Final Rule of the Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables regarding N.S. Reg. 155/2023. Establishes eligibility and compliance requirements for large energy consumers applying to this program. Publication: Nova Scotia Royal Gazette, Part II, Volume 47, No. 18, page 544, September 8, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-08-29
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CanadaYukon2023-09-15Employee well-beingDiversity, Equity, InclusionFinal RuleMinister’s Advisory Council on Women and Gender Equity Regulation
Final Rule of the Advisory Council on Women’s Issues regarding O.I.C. 2023/119. Establishes the criteria for the membership, purpose, and make-up of this Council. For the full text, see https://laws.yukon.ca/cms/images/LEGISLATION/SUBORDINATE/2023/2023-0119/2023-0119_1.pdf. Publication: The Yukon Gazette September 15, 2023, Part II, Vol. 42, No. 09, p. 11; La Gazette du Yukon, 15 septembre 2023, Partie II, Vol. 42, No. 09, p. 11. Effective Date: 2023-08-22
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-09-04ESG Reporting FrameworksSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Regulatory NotificationU.N. Environment Programme Issues First Draft of International Plastics Treaty
Regulatory Notification of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued: The U.N. Environment Programme issued a first "zero" draft of an international legally binding treaty to regulate plastic pollution. In March 2022, world leaders adopted a resolution to adopt a legally binding agreement to address plastic pollution at a global scale. This zero draft is the first version of proposed text. The proposal includes both binding and voluntary approaches, based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic. Contact: . Comment Deadline:
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-09-18ESG Reporting FrameworksCarbon Disclosure Project (CDP) | Task force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)Regulatory NotificationCDP announces intention to align with TNFD framework
Regulatory Notification of the CDP has issued: CDP has announced its intention to align with the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) framework which was finalized on September 18th. CDP expects alignment will start to be reflected in its disclosure system from 2024. Contact: eilis.oconnell@cdp.net.
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-09-14ESG Reporting FrameworksGovernment Reporting Initiative (GRI)Regulatory NotificationGRI being project to revise Economic Impact standards
Regulatory Notification of the GRI has issued: GRI has begun the standards development process to review and revise the economic impact standards. This includes the following GRI standards: GRI 201: Economic Performance 2016, GRI 202: Market Presence 2016, GRI 203: Indirect Economic Impacts 2016, GRI 204: Procurement 2016, GRI 205: Anti-Corruption 2016, GRI 206: Anti-Competitive Behavior 2016, and GRI 415: Public Policy 2016. GRI is currently seeking applications for the working group and plans to complete the project in three phases, concluding in mid 2026. Contact: economicimpact@globalreporting.org.
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-09-15ESG Reporting FrameworksSustainable Development Goals (SDGs)Regulatory NotificationWorld leaders agree to accelerated actions at U.N. SDG Summit 2023
Regulatory Notification of the U.N. High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development has issued: The U.N. General Assembly hosted world leaders in New York on September 18-19 for the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, to mark the mid-point review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was originally adopted in Paris in 2015. The outcome was a political declaration adopted by all attendees that commits to accelerated actions to achieve the 2030 SDG goals. Contact: . Comment Deadline:
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-09-18ESG Reporting FrameworksTask force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)Regulatory NotificationTNFD releases final recommendations for nature-related financial disclosures
Regulatory Notification of the TNFD has issued: TNFD has issued its final recommendations for nature-related financial disclosures along with eight accompanying guidance documents to help companies begin adopting and reporting using the framework. The voluntary TNFD recommendations were developed to be consistent with the related TCFD recommendations and the ISSB standards. TNFD plans to continue development of additional sector-specific guidance. The final recommendations and guidance documents are available at the TNFD website. Contact: . Comment Deadline:
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-09-18ESG Reporting FrameworksTask force for Nature-Related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)Regulatory NotificationTNFD proposes sector-specific disclosure metrics
Regulatory Notification of the TNFD has issued: TNFD is seeking feedback on proposed sector-specific disclosure metrics. The initial batch of proposed metrics and guidance for disclosure covers the following sectors: Consumer Goods, Extractives, Food and Beverage, Infrastructure, and Renewable resources and alternative energy. Contact: . Comment Deadline: 2024-02-09
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USACalifornia2023-10-07Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingEnacted StatuteClimate Corporate Data Accountability Act
Enacted Statute, S 253. Requires the State Air Resources Board to promulgate new requirements for reporting and verifying greenhouse gas emissions in the state no later than January 1, 2025. Prescribes that the program: i) has the first compliance date in 2026, with more stringent requirement phased yearly through 2030; ii) be applicable to all United States companies with total annual revenues in excess of $1B and that do business in California; iii) requires reporting be annual and include full-scope GHG emissions data by 2027. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-10-07ESG Reporting FrameworksGreenhouse Gas Protocol Enacted StatuteClimate Corporate Data Accountability Act
Enacted Statute, S 253. Requires the State Air Resources Board to promulgate new requirements for reporting and verifying greenhouse gas emissions in the state no later than January 1, 2025. Prescribes that the program: i) has the first compliance date in 2026, with more stringent requirement phased yearly through 2030; ii) be applicable to all United States companies with total annual revenues in excess of $1B and that do business in California; iii) requires reporting be annual and include full-scope GHG emissions data by 2027. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-10-07ESG Reporting FrameworksTask Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)Enacted StatuteGreenhouse Gases: Climate-Related Financial Risk
Enacted Statute, S 261. Requires entities doing business in California to report climate-related financial risks in accordance with TCFD recommendations (or successor) standards and the measures the company adopts to reduce and adapt to climate-related risk. The law applies to public and private companies with annual revenue in excess of $500 million, excluding insurance companies. Requires the State Air Resources Board to adopt regulations to require the reporting and verification of statewide greenhouse gas emissions and to monitor and enforce compliance with the State Global Warming Solutions Act. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-10-07Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingEnacted StatuteGreenhouse Gases: Climate-Related Financial Risk
Enacted Statute, S 261. Requires entities doing business in California to report climate-related financial risks in accordance with TCFD recommendations (or successor) standards and the measures the company adopts to reduce and adapt to climate-related risk. The law applies to public and private companies with annual revenue in excess of $500 million, excluding insurance companies. Requires the State Air Resources Board to adopt regulations to require the reporting and verification of statewide greenhouse gas emissions and to monitor and enforce compliance with the State Global Warming Solutions Act. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-09-30Human RightsSecurity PracticesEnacted StatuteOccupational Safety: Workplace Violence: Restraining
Enacted Statute, S 553. Adds a reporting requirement in relation to an existing law authorizing any employer to seek a restraining order on behalf of an employee who has suffered, or is threatened with, violence at the workplace. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-09-30
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USAColorado2023-09-01Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingFinal RuleBuilding Benchmarking and Performance Standards
Final Rule of the Department of Public Health and Environment/Air Quality Control Commission regarding 5 CCR 1001-32. Establishes a new building performance program requiring new and existing buildings to report energy-use and building performance benchmarking data by June 1, 2024, and by June 1 of each year thereafter, for which the agency published a new form and prescribed the use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a web-based resource management system. The standard applies to buildings exceeding fifty thousand occupied square feet. Exempt buildings include certain mixed-use building and storage facilities. Publication: Code of Colorado Regulations eDocket 2023-09-01. Effective Date: 2023-10-15
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USAFlorida2023-09-25Human RightsChild LaborFinal RuleAdditional Hazardous Occupations Prohibited; Waivers
Proposed Rule of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation/Child and Farm Labor Program regarding FAC 61L-2. The proposed amendment will remove redundant sections, a definition, and updates how to obtain waivers of any restriction imposed by Child Labor Law. Contact: Brooke Adams, Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2601 Blair Stone Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32399, 850-717-1513. Comment Deadline: N/A
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USAMontana2023-09-29Waste Disposal and ReductionDiversion and reductionProposed RuleProperty Tax Abatements for Gray Water Systems
Proposed Rule of the Department of Revenue regarding ARM 42.20. Implements rules pertaining to property tax abatements for gray water systems. Contact: Todd Olson, Deptof Revenue, Director's Office, PO Box 7701, Helena, MT 59604-7701, 406-444-7905, fax 406-444-3696, todd.olson@mt.gov. Comment Deadline: 2023-10-10
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USANew York2023-09-22Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteTax Abatements for Solar and Electric Storage Systems
Enacted Statute, A 6113. Updates real property tax abatements for certain solar and electric storage systems, adding solar park canopy structures, and extending the qualification window to January 1, 2035. 246th Annual Legislative Session. Enacted Date: 2023-09-22
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USANew York2023-09-14Employee well-beingAnti-harassment / PrivacyEnacted StatuteEmployer Requirements for Employee Disclosure
Enacted Statute, A 836. Prohibits an employer from requesting or requiring that an employee or applicant for employment disclose any user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service through specified electronic communications devices. 246th Annual Legislative Session. Enacted Date: 2023-09-14
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USANew York2023-09-06Employee well-beingAnti-harassment / PrivacyEnacted StatuteEmployee Freedom of Speech and Conscience
Enacted Statute, S 4982. Adds new definitions to the law including political and religious matters. Adds protection for refusal to attend certain employer-sponsored meetings. 246th Annual Legislative Session. Effective Date: 2023-09-06
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USATexas2023-09-14Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteHydrogen Infrastructure, Vehicle, and Equipment Grant Program
Enacted Statute, H 4885. Amends existing law, State Emissions Reduction Plan, to add a grant program for private entities with eligible hydrogen projects that reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen from high-emitting sources in non-attainment areas and affected counties of the state. 88th Legislature. Effective Date: 2023-09-01
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USATexas2023-09-14Consumer ProtectionsCustomer PrivacyEnacted StatuteRegulation of Personal Data Collection and Use
Enacted Statute, H 4. Establishes a consumer data privacy act with new restrictions on, and duties for, certain companies, including the requirement to provide two or more secure and reliable methods to enable consumers to submit requests to excercise their rights under the Act and other restrictions related to the collection, use, processing, and treatment of consumers' personal data. 88th Legislature. Effective Date: 2024-07-01
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USATexas2023-09-14Consumer ProtectionsCustomer PrivacyEnacted StatuteProtection of Minors
Enacted Statute, H 18. Relates to the protection of minors from harmful, deceptive, or unfair trade practices in connection with the use of certain digital services and electronic devices, including the use and transfer of electronic devices to students by a public school. 88th Legislature. Effective Date: 2024-09-01
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USATexas2023-09-14Consumer ProtectionsCustomer PrivacyEnacted StatuteBreach of Security of Computerized Data Notification
Enacted Statute, S 768. Shortens the period of time, to 30 days, to notify the attorney general that a data breach has occurred. Establishes that the method of notification must be submitted electronically through the attorney general's website. 88th Legislature. Effective Date: 2023-09-01
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CanadaNorthwest Territories2023-10-06Waste Disposal and Reduction|Waste Disposal and ReductionCircular Economy|Producer Responsibility and Take BackEnacted StatuteBill 78 - Waste Reduction and Resource Recovery Act
Enacted Statute, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources S.N.W.T. 2003, c. 29. Repeals and replaces the Waste Reduction and Recovery Act. The new Act: 1) Revises certain definitions; - Broadens the scope of matters on which an Advisory Committee may provide advice and assistance; 2) Allows regulations to be made respecting waste reduction and resource recovery, including regarding producer responsibilities, e.g., establishing prohibitions and restrictions; 3) Establishes additional requirements related to the licencing of collection facilities or other facilities in respect of designated or prohibited materials; and 4) Makes other administrative amendments. This Bill received Royal Assent on October 6, 2023. It will come into force on a day or days to be fixed by order of the Commissioner. Northwest Territories - 2nd Session of the 19th Legislative Assembly. Enacted Date: N/A
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CanadaFederal 2023-10-11GovernanceGovernance SystemsEnacted StatuteOrder Bringing Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) Amendments into Force: SI/2023-62
Enacted Statute, Minister of Industry R.S.C., 1985, c. C-44. Brings into force legislative amendments made by the Budget Implementation Act, 2022, No. 1 to require certain corporations to send information on its individuals with significant control (ISC) to the Director appointed under the CBCA and to allow the Director to provide all or part of that information to an investigative body, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) or any prescribed entity. Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 157, No. 21, p. 2830, October 11, 2023 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 21, p. 2830, 11 octobre 2023 (français). Enacted Date: 2024-01-22
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CanadaYukon2023-10-16Human RightsEnacted StatuteHuman Rights Act - Unofficial Consolidation
Enacted Statute, Legislative Counsel Office R.S.Y. 2002, c. 116. Provides an unofficial consolidation of this Act through 2020. This Act protects specifically from discrimination against people based on ancestry, including colour and race, national origin, religion or creed, age, sex, including pregnancy, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, criminal charges or criminal record, political belief, association or activity, marital or family status, source of income and actual or presumed association with any of these grounds. People are protected from discrimination, including employment, membership in, or representation by trade unions and professional associations, among other areas. Yukon Legislation Online, Recent Site Changes. Enacted Date: N/A
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CanadaYukon2023-10-23SolidWasteRecycle Enacted StatuteBill 28 - Act to amend the Environment Act (2023)
Enacted Statute, Dept. of the Environment R.S.Y. 2002, c. 76 . The Act has been amended to provide greater clarity and scope around waste reduction and recycling. The definition of "producer" has been clarified, while the definition of "steward" has been expanded and revised in French. The Commissioner in Executive Council now has the power to assign responsibility for collecting and recovering designated materials to stewards, and there are clearer and more extensive regulation-making powers regarding extended producer responsibility. The Bill has received Royal Assent. Yukon - 1st Session of the 35th Legislative Assembly. Enacted Date: 2023-10-23
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CanadaOntario2023-10-26GovernanceGovernance SystemsEnacted StatuteBill 79 - Working for Workers Act, 2023 - Occupational Health and Safety Act Amendments
Enacted Statute, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1. Amends Schedule 5, increasing the maximum fine for a corporation convicted under the Act from $1,500,000 to $2,000,000. Ontario - 1st Session of the 43rd Parliament. Enacted Date: 2023-10-26
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CanadaOntario2023-10-26GovernanceWages and benefitsEnacted StatuteBill 79 - Working for Workers Act, 2023 - Employment Standards Act, 2000 Amendments
Enacted Statute, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development S.O. 2000, c. 41. This bill allows employees undergoing treatment, recovery, or rehabilitation due to physical or mental health issues from certain activities to take reservist leave. Also, license application provisions have been updated to include the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009. The bill and Schedule 2, specifying these amendments, come into force on the same day. Ontario - 1st Session of the 43rd Parliament. Enacted Date: 2023-10-26
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CanadaOntario2023-10-26Governance|Employee well-beingWages and benefits|Diversity, Equity, InclusionEnacted StatuteBill 79 - Working for Workers Act, 2023 - Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 Amendments
Enacted Statute, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development S.O. 2009, c. 32. Makes amendments related to contraventions of subsections 9 (1) and 9(2) of the Act, which prohibit employers from taking possession of, or retaining, a foreign national’s passport or work permit. The Act is amended to provide that the Ontario Labour Relations Board shall reduce the penalty in the notice of contravention where certain conditions apply. The Act is also amended to establish higher maximum fines for a conviction for contravention. Ontario - 1st Session of the 43rd Parliament. Enacted Date: 2023-10-26
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CanadaOntario2023-10-26Governance|Employee well-beingWages and benefits|Diversity, Equity, InclusionEnacted StatuteBill 79 - Working for Workers Act, 2023 - Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 Amendments
Enacted Statute, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development S.O. 2006, c. 31. Includes amendments amending the definition of “registration” and establishing the duty of regulated professions to ensure that the people of Ontario have access to adequate numbers of qualified, skilled and competent regulated professionals; and specifying that Canadian experience may be accepted in satisfaction of qualification for registration only if alternatives to such experience are also accepted. The bill and Schedule 3, specifying these amendments, come into force on the same day. Ontario - 1st Session of the 43rd Parliament. Enacted Date: 2023-10-26
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USACalifornia2023-09-30Human RightsSafety Management SystemsEnacted StatuteWorkplace Violence; Restraining Orders
Enacted Statute, S 553. Authorizes any employer and certain union representatives to seek a temporary restraining order when its employee/member suffers violence or a credible threat of violence at the workplace. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-09-30
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USACalifornia2023-10-07Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingEnacted StatuteGreenhouse Gas Emissions; Building Materials
Enacted Statute, A 43. Adds optionality in choosing the basis for baseline greenhouse gas emissions for the embodied carbon trading system. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-10-07Supply ChainESG ReportingEnacted StatuteBuilding Energy Savings Act
Enacted Statute, S 48. Specifies that buildings with less than 50,000 square feet of gross floor space are exempt from the energy usage data reporting requirement under the bill. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-10-07ESG Reporting FrameworksAnti-harassment / PrivacyEnacted StatuteHiring Discrimination; Cannabis
Enacted Statute, S 700. Adds an exception to the law prohibiting employment discrimination based on cannabis use. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-07
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USACalifornia2023-10-08GovernanceResponsible SourcingEnacted StatuteAnimal Test Methods Alternatives
Enacted Statute, A 357. Prohibits manufacturers and contract testing facilities from using traditional animal test methods within this State for which an appropriate alternative test method or strategy exists or a waiver has been granted by the agency responsible. Provides that these provisions shall be enforced in a civil action brought by specified individuals. Requires a manufacturer or contract testing facility that uses traditional animal test methods to report specified information to the State Department of Public Health. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-08
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USACalifornia2023-10-13Climate ChangeDiversion and reductionEnacted StatuteSingle-Use Plastics
Enacted Statute, A 1526. Requires producers of single-use flatware and its packaging to reduce and recycle the covered plastic material and to ensure those products used in the state after 2031 are recyclable or compostable. 2023-24 Regular Session. Enacted Date: 2023-10-13
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CanadaPrince Edward Island2023-10-07GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleMinimum Wage Rate Order Amendments - Employment Standards Act
Final Rule of the Employment Standards Board regarding R.S.P.E.I. 1988, c. E-6.2. Raises the minimum wage to $15.40 per hour, effective April 1, 2024, and $16.00 per hour, effective October 1, 2024. Publication: Royal Gazette Prince Edward Island Canada, Vol. CXLIX – No. 40, October 7, 2023, p. 229. Effective Date: 2024-04-01
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CanadaFederal2023-10-11Supply ChainResponsible SourcingFinal RuleDealings Ban; Russia
Final Rule of the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding SOR/2014-58. Add 42 individuals and 21 entities to Schedule 1 of the Regulations, who are subject to a broad dealings ban. They include (1) individuals and entities involved in or associated with the Kremlin-backed illegal and forcible mass transfer of minors, including orphans and those left without parental care, from the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine to Russia; (2) Russian disinformation actors who pose as media pundits, “journalists” and “researchers” and the various arms-length and state-owned institutions that host and support them; and (3) nuclear sector entities that contribute to Russia’s revenues and support Russia’s reckless nuclear behaviour in Ukraine. Publication: Canada Gazette Part II, Vol. 157, No. 21, p. 2634, October 11, 2023 (English); Gazette du Canada Partie II, vol. 157, no. 21, p. 2634, 11 octobre 2023 (français). Effective Date: 2023-09-20
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CanadaAlberta2023-10-14GovernanceWages and benefitsFinal RuleApprenticeship Education and Industry Training Programs Amendment: A.R. 120/2023
Final Rule of the regarding A.R. 160/2022. Updates provisions related to mentors, wages and registration, among other topics. Publication: Alberta Gazette, Part II, Vol. 119, No. 19, p. 562, October 14, 2023 . Effective Date: 2023-10-01
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CanadaBritish Columbia2023-10-24Employee well-being|GovernanceDiversity, Equity, Inclusion|Wages and benefitsFinal RulePay Transparency Regulation in Force
Final Rule of the Ministry of Finance regarding B.C. Reg. 225/2023. Specifies the information that employers must collect and include in pay transparency reports, including information related to differences in pay between gender categories. Publication: B.C. Regulations Bulletin No. 37, October 24, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-10-23
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CanadaBritish Columbia2023-10-31GovernanceGovernance SystemsFinal RuleLand Owner Transparency Regulation Amendment: B.C. Reg. 228/2023
Final Rule of the Ministry of Finance regarding B.C. Reg. 250/2020. Repeals a Transparency Declaration and Reporting exemption in section 21.21 of the Regulation for a transferee from whom a property was forfeited. Publication: B.C. Regulations Bulletin No. 38, October 31, 2023. Effective Date: 2023-11-20
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MexicoFederal2023-10-18Human RightsRights of Indigenous PeoplesFinal RuleLinguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Final Rule of the Government Secretariat - Culture regarding Law of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Amends this Law to require that when 20% of the population speaks an indigenous language, all information signs and place names must include the indigenous language. Publication: Diaro Oficial de la Federacion. Effective Date: 2023-10-19
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USAColorado2023-10-18Employee well-beingCarbon emissions reportingRegulatory NotificationTNFD releases final recommendations for nature-related financial disclosures
Regulatory Notification of the TNFD has issued: TNFD has issued its final recommendations for nature-related financial disclosures along with eight accompanying guidance documents to help companies begin adopting and reporting using the framework. The voluntary TNFD recommendations were developed to be consistent with the related TCFD recommendations and the ISSB standards. TNFD plans to continue development of additional sector-specific guidance. The final recommendations and guidance documents are available at the TNFD website. Contact: . Comment Deadline:
USAColorado2023-10-18Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingRegulatory NotificationBuilding Benchmarking and Performance Standards
Final Rule (Adopted Rule Correction) of the Department of Public Health and Environment/Air Quality Control Commission regarding 5 CCR 1001-32. Establishes a new building performance program requiring new and existing buildings to report energy-use and building performance benchmarking data by June 1, 2024, and by June 1 of each year after that, for which the agency published a new form and prescribed the use of Energy Star Portfolio Manager, a web-based resource management system. The standard applies to buildings exceeding fifty thousand occupied square feet. Exempt buildings include certain mixed-use buildings and storage facilities. Publication: Code of Colorado Regulations eDocket 2023-10-09. Effective Date: 2023-10-15
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USAArkansas2023-10-20Climate ChangeChild LaborEnacted StatuteLowered Standards for Child Labor
Final Rule of the Department of Labor regarding 235.08.23. Repeals the child labor employment certificate rules. Lowers the minimum age permissible to do certain jobs to 16. Updates certain exemptions to the hazardous employment prohibition. Makes grammatical and stylistic changes. Publication: Secretary of State, Administrative Rules Online 2023-10-23. Effective Date: N/A
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CanadaOntario2023-10-20Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingEnacted StatuteCleaner Transportation Fuels Regulation - Technical Guideline Updates for Facilities with Non-Fuel Products
Proposed Guidance of the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has issued: Updates this Guideline to provide a new direction for calculating the greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity of bio-based content that is produced in facilities concurrently with other non-fuel products e.g., different grades of ethanol, such as beverage or medical-grade.
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CanadaOntario2023-10-26Waste Disposal and ReductionProducer Responsibility and Take BackEnacted StatuteRecycling Efficiency Rate (RER) Calculation and Verification Procedure Consultations
Proposed Rule of the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) regarding . Announces webinars and their recordings on draft revisions to procedures for batteries, ITT/AV, lighting, and hazardous and special products (HSP). Contact: Email: consultations@rpra.ca. Comment Deadline: 2023-11-24
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CanadaOntario2023-11-02Climate ChangeEnergy ManagementEnacted StatuteElectricity Act
Proposed Rule of the Ministry of Energy regarding O. Reg. 429/04. Makes amendments allowing Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) participants to offset their facility’s demand in the top five peak hours of a base period through power purchase agreements (PPAs) with renewable generation facilities that are not connected behind the facility’s meter. The technologies eligible under the proposal may include wind, solar, small hydroelectric (i.e., less than 10 megawatts), biofuel, and battery storage. Contact: Online Comments submittals: https://ero.ontario.ca/user/login?action=comment&destination=/comment/reply/node/11528/comment. Comment Deadline: 2023-12-17
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MexicoFederal2023-10-25Climate ChangeCarbon emissions reportingProposed RuleCO2 Emissions from New Cars
Proposed Rule of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales - SEMARNAT) regarding PROY-NOM-163-SEMARNAT-SCFI-2023. Establishes the methodology for calculating the target, and observed corporate averages of, carbon dioxide emissions for new all motor vehicles (regardless of fuel type/power source) with a gross vehicle weight between 400 and 3,857 kgs, with model year before 2028 and marketed within the national territory. It is mandatory for Corporations that market new motor vehicles, except when the Corporation markets between 1 and up to 500 total units per model year. Comment Deadline: N/A
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USATexas2023-10-03GovernanceWhistleblower policiesProposed RuleGeneral Administration
Proposed Rule of the Workforce Commission regarding 40 TAC 800. Requires employers to post a notice to employees providing contact information so that employees can anonymously report their concerns regarding workplace violence or suspicious activities to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Contact: E-mail TWCPolicyComments@twc.texas.gov. Comment Deadline: 2023-11-20
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USAWashington2023-10-17Waste Disposal and ReductionPolitical contributions and lobbyingProposed RuleLobbying Reporting Requirements
Proposed Rule of the Public Disclosure Commission regarding WAC 390-05|WAC 390-16|WAC 390-17|WAC 390-20. The Commission is considering amending regulatory requirements for direct and indirect lobbying reporting and planning to update the lobbying reporting system. Contact: Sean Flynn, 711 Capitol Way South, Suite 206, Olympia, WA 98504, 360-753-1111, fax 360-753-1112, pdc@pdc.wa.gov. Comment Deadline: 2023-11-30
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CanadaBritish Columbia2023-10-12Employee well-being|GovernanceDiversity, Equity, Inclusion|Wages and benefitsRegulatory NotificationReminder of New Job Posting and Reporting Requirements
Regulatory Notification of the Minister of Labour has issued: Reminds employees of new requirements in the Pay Transparency Act for providing wage or salary information on publicly advertised jobs starting November 1, 2023. Also, beginning in November 2023, large and medium-sized employers in B.C. will gradually be required to post publicly reports about their gender pay gap. This requirement is being introduced in phases starting in Nov. 2023 with Public Service Agency and Crown corporations and public agencies with more than 1,000 employees, followed by all employers with 1,000 employees (Nov. 2024), employers with 300 employees (Nov. 2025), and employers with 50 employees (Nov. 2026).
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-10-11ESG Reporting FrameworksInternational Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) Regulatory NotificationStandards for International Applicability
Regulatory Notification of the ISSB has issued: SASB Standards Board Advisors have issued blackline documents detailing revisions to the SASB Standards in connection with the International Applicability of SASB Standards Project. The purpose of the amendments is to help preparers apply the SASB Standards regardless of the jurisdiction in which they operate or the type of generally accepted accounting principles they use. Final amendments are expected in December 2023. Contact: https://ifrs.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1HwXrsBmXVFmDtA.
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non-governmentESG Reporting Frameworks2023-10-12ESG Reporting FrameworksTask Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)Regulatory NotificationFinal Status Report
Regulatory Notification of the TCFD has issued: The sixth and final status report on implementing TCFD recommendations. With the publication of this report, TCFD will be disbanded, and ISSB will take over responsibility for monitoring climate-related disclosures and reporting.
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