On September 1, 2021, two new Texas laws, Senate Bill 45 (attached) and House Bill 21 (attached), went into effect expanding sexual harassment protections for employees under Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code. These two laws change the definition of “employer,” add a heightened standard for employers to respond to internal sexual harassment complaints, and expand the statute of limitations to file a sexual harassment complaint with the state agency.
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The EPA has extended the compliance date for industries that produce, distribute or import computers, appliances, and many other commercial products containing phenol, isopropylated phosphate (PIP) – a plastic softener and flame-retardant chemical until March 8, 2022. When used in electronic equipment, PIP softens the plastic surrounding wires which prevent fire-causing short circuits. Pursuant to the 2016 TSCA Amendments, the EPA has been reviewing the hazards presented by a number of toxic chemicals widely used in commercial products, and in January 2021, issued a final Order banning the manufacture, distribution, or importation of products containing PIP. The EPA’s ban on… Read more
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