In August, the Insights Association tussled with more state and federal privacy legislation, laws and regulation; considered the implications of COVID-19-related mandates for employers; analyzed pending changes to the pharmaceutical industry’s restrictions on interactions with doctors; and opposed a potential federal tax on companies operating online. We’re also nearing the finish line in our campaign to fix the California law requiring a minimum wage for research subjects.
In July, the Insights Association lamented more new state privacy laws while issuing helpful CCPA compliance information for members; welcomed an important data security protection in Connecticut; endorsed a new nominee to run the Census Bureau; and continued to advance a fix to the 2020 California law requiring a minimum wage for research subjects.
This month, the Insights Association is dealing with new privacy legislation in more states, addressing more data tax problems, advocating for additional census funding, and making significant progress in efforts to improve California A.B. 2257.
In addition to a win at the Supreme Court on TCPA that should ease worries for the more telephone-hesitant insights pros, the Insights Association was tied up this month in state battles over comprehensive privacy legislation, defending marketing research access to DMV records in Texas, promoting legal defenses against data breaches in Connecticut, deterring push polls in Massachusetts, continued advocacy on California A.B. 2257, and helping to win new COVID-19-exposure liability limitations for businesses in Florida.
The insights industry scored important legislative victories in the last month for pharmaceutical MR in Pennsylvania, data security in Utah, and more COVID-19 small business loans and grants at the federal level and in California. At the same time, we’re staring down lots of problematic legislation, including a new comprehensive data privacy law in Virginia and a complex excise tax on data collection in New York. Meanwhile, advocacy continues on issues like: California A.B. 2257; worrisome legislation in Congress that would allow for the unionization of research subjects; limitations on coronavirus-related exposure liability; the census; and restrictions on exit polling.
February may have the fewest days, but this month certainly is not short on legislative activity pertinent to the insights community, including comprehensive privacy bills, data security legislation, new taxes on the industry, liability limitation for COVID-19-related exposure, new leadership to oversee the census, and new rules for determining independent contractor status. Changes are also in the works for California A.B. 2257.
The Coalition to Promote Independent Entrepreneurs recently urged the Department of Labor (DOL) to "provide additional clarity and predictability" in its proposed independent contractor rules.
IA Urges Department of Labor to Recognize Marketing Research Participants are Independent Contractors
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) needs to recognize in regulation that individuals receiving incentives for participation in marketing research are independent contractors, not employees, according to the Insights Association.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act -- the $2 trillion spending law approved on March 27, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis -- included provisions extending unemployment insurance, including to categories of individuals usually ineligible, like independent contractors and part-time workers.
The Insights Association has scored several policy victories in recent months – on Capitol Hill and in states across the U.S. Here are some of the highlights with content links for you and your team, all made possible by your membership.