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ClaimVantage Announces Addition of Massachusetts PFML Regulations to Absence Management Solution

With state-mandated paid leave programs being rolled out across the country, ClaimVantage’s automated absence management solution eases pressure on those managing employee leave benefits(PRWeb February 19, 2020)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/claimvantage_announces_addition_of_massachusetts_pfml_regulations_to_absence_management_solution/prweb16921688.htm

OLEO, Inc. Leads CBD Products Industry in Testing and Regulations

OLEO, Inc. is determined to set best practices for quality, testing, and transparency for CBD products in hopes of seeing wider adoption throughout the industry.

SEATTLE (PRWEB) February 14, 2020
OLEO, Inc., creator of premium CBD drink mixes for fitness recovery, is setting the standard for quality and consistency in CBD products and consumer packaged goods. Rooted in the need for transparency, education and safety for consumers, OLEO triple-tests each batch of OLEO, Inc. products, including OLEO™ drink mixes active ingredient, OleoCBD™, at a third-party laboratory to ensure each serving has at least 25mg of 100% THC-free OleoCBD™. The Certificate of Analysis (COA) for cannabinoid concentration and contaminants in each of these products will always be available for download at http://www.oleolife.com/test-results/, and OLEO, Inc. is determined to set best practices for quality, testing, and transparency in hopes of seeing wider adoption throughout the industry.
In partnership with ProVerde Laboratories, OLEO has worked since 2016 to help develop rigorous analytical testing methods to ensure that CBD concentration is accurately measured and that the CBD products meet food safety protocol, as micro-encapsulation technology is known to require unique sample prep and analytical testing methods. ProVerde Laboratories is widely regarded as a leader in cannabinoid concentration testing in non-standard form factors, and to confirm this OLEO conducted redundant, blind testing with numerous other laboratories and consistently found ProVerde’s results to be the most accurate and unbiased.
“CBD beverages are part of a growing market in an unregulated environment, in which many producers have not taken the necessary steps to document the quality of their products,” said Dr. Christopher Hudalla, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of ProVerde Laboratories. “ProVerde Laboratories has been proud to work with OLEO in the development and evaluation of their CBD drink mixes, to ensure products are accurately labeled for CBD content, and that they are free from potential contaminants, in an effort to ensure consumer safety.”
OLEO™ is also the only CBD company in North America using its own proprietary and patent-pending technology to convert pure CBD oil into a water-soluble powder known as OleoCBD™. This micro-encapsulation technology ensures that OLEO™’s products and Powered by OLEO™ partner products offer double the bioaccessibility of regular CBD, meaning higher amounts of cannabidiol that can be absorbed by the body. The micro-encapsulation process additionally removes any bitter aftertaste, allowing both the flavored and non-flavored drink mixes to taste better than regular CBD products.
OLEO™ drink mixes are available in a variety of flavorless and flavored multi-serving jars and single-serving packets that combine the benefits of 25mg of OleoCBD™ per serving with the power of functional ingredients such as freeze-dried coconut water and real rooibos and black tea, available with or without caffeine to either energize or unwind. All of OLEO™’s drink mixes dissolve quickly in cold or hot water, making them easy to consume at any point throughout the day, helping support full body recovery after an active day. The entire product line not only offers consistent made-in-the-USA quality, but is also guaranteed to be 100% THC-free with zero intoxicating effects. It’s hydration without the high.
“Prior to launching our first-of-their-kind drink mixes in 2017, we conducted two years of extensive R&D in developing our patent-pending micro-encapsulation process,” said Skyler Bissell, CEO and Co-Founder of OLEO, Inc. “The team at ProVerde was instrumental in developing testing methods that could accurately measure the cannabinoid content inside of our encapsulation matrix. We look forward to working with them to continue pushing the industry forward through test method standardization and the kind of rigorous testing protocol that is standard in all OLEO CBD products.”
For more information on OLEO, Inc., OleoCBD™, and Powered by OLEO™, please visit OLEOlife.com
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About OLEO, Inc.
OLEO, Inc. is a consumer-packaged goods company thoughtfully designing potent, water-soluble CBD products for the active lifestyle community. OLEO offers a collection of powdered beverages infused with their active ingredient OleoCBD™, including a flavorless CBD powder called Original Mix. OleoCBD™ is created with a patent-pending Micro-Encapsulation technology that masks any bitter aftertaste and makes the CBD content two-times more bioaccessible, leading to better absorption and longer lasting effects. OLEO is playing a tremendous role in the advancement of cannabinoid technology, testing standards and consumer product offerings, and helping to make the cannabinoid and hemp industry more trusted, beneficial and approachable for all.
Media Contact:Jackie Stoesser, Hayter Communications206-285-1940jackie@hayterpr.com

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User1st: California Consumer Privacy Act Proposed, Modified Regulations May Have Far-Reaching Digital Accessibility Implications for Businesses

“The modifications to the proposed CCPA regulations may have broader implications than just accessibility of the online privacy notices and information.” – Raegan Bartlo, Vice President of Communications at User1st

WASHINGTON (PRWEB) February 12, 2020
Late last week, the California Attorney General’s office published modified proposed regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that may have significant impacts on businesses that are subject to the CCPA. The proposed modifications include a new requirement that CCPA-covered businesses providing CCPA privacy notices and information online must ensure that such notices are “reasonably accessible to consumers” pursuant to industry standards “such as” the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), version 2.1.
“The modifications to the proposed CCPA regulations may have broader implications than just accessibility of the online privacy notices and information. For businesses covered by the CCPA, they should consider whether their sites are accessible for people with disabilities in order to even access those notices,” said Raegan Bartlo, spokesperson at User1st. “CCPA-covered businesses should ensure that they understand that site accessibility and user experience in reaching the CCPA privacy notices and information may be a much bigger hurdle than just making the notices themselves accessible in accordance with the WCAG.”
What are the implications?
Businesses throughout the United States are potentially subject to the CCPA; this is not just an issue for businesses located in California. Furthermore, websites hosting, linking to, or otherwise directing consumers to the CCPA privacy notices and information will need to be accessible in order to ensure that individuals with disabilities can reasonably navigate, find, or access such notices and information. Businesses, therefore, should not only be reviewing whether they are subject to the CCPA, but also consider the processes to navigate to and access online privacy notices to make sure that they are digitally accessible just as much as the notices themselves.
Understanding WCAG 2.1
Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application, or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by all users of varied abilities, including those who have visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities.
WCAG, published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is an internationally recognized set of standards that offers companies a strong foundation for delivering digital accessibility. The U.S. Department of Justice has also recognized the WCAG as the applicable digital accessibility standard in various consent decrees with private companies under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
WCAG 2.1 covers a wide range of recommendations for making web content more accessible to people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, and/or photosensitivity. The W3C lays out web accessibility principles in its quick reference guide to help businesses make their information and interface items perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust enough to work with a variety of assistive tools and technology.
While many of the WCAG principles can be implemented with relatively quick fixes, many businesses do not have the expertise to understand how to comply with the WCAG. It is increasingly essential to find an accessibility partner that can determine a company’s digital accessibility needs, fix any accessibility errors, and create a proactive plan for the future.
Added benefits of web accessibility
Complying with laws and regulations and reducing risk of litigation is just one benefit of web accessibility. Caring for customers through digital accessibility demonstrates an organization’s willingness to go beyond compliance. Digital accessibility can help you reach more customers, care for those customers, and demonstrate your corporate social responsibility – in addition to avoiding potential lawsuits by customers with disabilities.
What can businesses impacted by CCPA do now?
Review and thoroughly understand company needs and abilities to become digitally accessible for CCPA required privacy notices and information that are provided online. This may entail a test or audit of the digital assets through which the CCPA required privacy notices and information may be accessed. If the company web development team does not have the requisite expertise, seek out a good accessibility partner to conduct the review and assessment. Consider adding an accessibility statement to your website that provides alternative ways for customers with disabilities to reach someone if they have a question or issue with accessing CCPA required privacy notices and information provided online.
About User1stUser1st provides the most advanced web accessibility solutions on the market for testing, remediation, monitoring, and compliance. User1st is the only company that offers both customized short-term fixes and tailored long-term solutions for meeting the international specifications of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Trusted by organizations of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies and large government organizations, User1st’s solutions are deployed in a variety of industries worldwide, including financial services, retail, government, and healthcare. For more information, visit http://www.user1st.com/ and follow on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter @User1st.

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New EB-5 Regulations: CMB Regional Centers Details the Changes

With the new rules in place, there is a level a certainty of the requirements that must be followed, and the future of EB-5 is not the risky post-apocalyptic wasteland predicted by some prior to the new regulations.
Press Release – updated: Feb 3, 2020 18:00 CST

ROCK ISLAND, Ill., February 3, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Rumors have spread throughout the EB-5 world that the EB-5 program is dead! For years, many in the industry have predicted changes to the EB-5 program as apocalyptic. Whether changes came through legislative reform efforts, or through regulatory changes, the result was often viewed in the same light. The only solution according to those who offered the doomsday scenarios was to leave everything at the status quo, keep the badly manipulated program that was pushing investments into lower Manhattan, and spuriously claiming they qualified as high unemployment areas.
To be completely fair, many in the industry have worked tirelessly to usher in necessary changes to the EB-5 program during this same period. These changes sought to ensure the integrity of the program while creating a level playing field for all parties involved. These efforts are greatly appreciated, and have not gone unnoticed. Setting aside changes to the individual investor requirements (which saw notable changes and positive protections) this article seeks to answer the question of what changed at the EB-5 project level.
The first thing that saw absolute change is the investment level. Prior to Nov. 21, 2019, the minimum investment amount was $1 million, or $500,000 if the project was located in a high unemployment or rural area, also known as a Targeted Employment Area (“TEA”). However, many projects were gerrymandering geographic areas to effectively make them TEAs as defined under the old, loose rules. In other words, these affluent areas appeared to qualify for the reduced investment level, effectively making $500,000 the investment amount per investor for all projects on the market. That is not to say that all projects manipulated the data to qualify for the reduced investment threshold. Under the old rules, CMB Regional Centers (“CMB”), one of the most experienced regional centers, introduced and successfully subscribed two partnerships at the $1,000,000 level, all the while competing with projects at the $500,000 threshold, but the industry did not follow. The new rules have increased the investment level to $900,000 in a TEA and $1,800,000 anywhere else. The investment level nearly doubling will certainly have an effect on the market. This change certainly qualifies as real and impactful.
The other significant change was to the method and rules that qualified areas as high unemployment.  This change is significant for all parties as USCIS has finally provided more clarity as to what areas qualify as TEAs. In the past, any configuration of census tracts (or literally any other subdivision) could be used to qualify an area. The new rules state that an area must only consist of the census tract or tracts in which the project is principally doing business and any immediately adjacent tracts. The original notice even included a map for an example that showed the inclusion of a tract that was only adjacent at a single point.
Although this change is significant, for those in the industry that weren’t stretching the old rules to absurd levels, this change is only a minor shift in project vetting. For projects that cobbled together dozens of census tracts (or in some cases over one hundred), this change stopped those gerrymandered areas from qualifying as a TEA. The reality is, those manipulated areas never should have qualified!  Changes to the EB-5 program were needed to curb those exact abuses and were generally welcomed by the majority of EB-5 practitioners.
Additionally, the responsibility for who designates a TEA has also been appropriately shifted. In the past, there were in excess of 1,500 government or quasi-government bodies that could designate an area as high unemployment with no meaningful guidance on the process or impacts of their determination. Many of these individuals were elected officials with all the conflicts of interest associated with getting reelected and general politicking. Under the new rules, this responsibility has been shifted back to the appropriate federal authority (the USCIS) that will be adjudicating the entirety of the petition (including qualification for the reduced investment level). This is a federal program with a federally issued benefit and should never have been allowed to be regulated by the states.
Although the changes to TEA designation and qualifications are significant in principle, their impacts should be minimal. Regional centers can still promote investment in the most affluent areas, and EB-5 investors can still be certain to qualify for reduced investment levels. The new rules now say you just can’t do both at the same time. USCIS still needs to provide additional clarity to ensure a level playing field.
With the new rules in place, there is a level a certainty of the requirements that must be followed, and the future of EB-5 is not the risky post-apocalyptic wasteland predicted by some prior to the new regulations.
Through all of this, CMB Regional Centers remains open for business and committed to a long-term future of supporting its clients to and through permanent residency and a return of their partnership capital accounts.
If you would like to learn more about the opportunity to move to the United States through the EB-5 program, contact Pam Ellis at CMB Regional Centers.  CMB engages Prevail Capital, LLC, a broker-dealer registered with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC, to be the administrative placement agent for all CMB EB-5 partnerships.  
We can be reached by email at info@cmbeb5visa.com, by phone at +1-309-797-1550, or on our website at www.cmbeb5visa.com.​ View current CMB EB-5 Projects.​
Source: CMB Regional Centers, LLC

Ban the Box Regulations in Berkeley Housing Market Could Be a First Step in Widespread Change; Opines TenantScreeningUSA.com

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Along with recent changes in tenant screening in Seattle and Minneapolis, potential changes in Berkeley could further change how the tenant application process is managed.

WALTHAM, Mass. (PRWEB) December 16, 2019
Berkeley, California looks to become a leader in the housing regulations with the implementation of Ban-the-Box type laws that would eliminate the question of criminal history on a tenant application. Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com opines: “Along with recent changes in tenant screening in Seattle and Minneapolis, potential changes in Berkeley could further change how the tenant application process is managed.”
Over the past few years Ban-the-Box laws in the workplace have changed how applications are managed. With a Ban-the-Box law employers no longer can ask about criminal history on the application and where and when a criminal history can be reviewed has become vastly more complex.
Adam Almeida, President and CEO of TenantScreeningUSA.com states: “The question about criminal history has been radically altered within Ban-the-Box. It eliminates the question from the application, changes when the question can be asked, and, in some cases, limits whether a question about criminal history can be asked based on the position.”
From Berkeleyside.com (Nov. 12, 19):
For most prospective tenants in Berkeley, the question is a routine one, a quick “No” box to check on a housing application, in between the sections on employment history and personal references. But for residents who’ve been incarcerated, they know their “Yes” answer likely guarantees their application is destined for the recycling bin.
For years, the “Ban the Box” movement has pushed to prohibit employers from conducting criminal background checks on job candidates. Now several elected officials and a coalition of activists want Berkeley to become a rare city that prohibits the practice during the rental process too. (1)
Landlords are not taking the potential change in law lightly. In fact one landlord struck back in an alarming way.
From the San Francisco Chronicle (Nov. 8, 19):
Still, landlords aren’t pleased. One landlord sent an email to tenants throughout different properties in Berkeley warning them that, “A convicted violent criminal may be moving into your building.” The warning prompted one tenant to express concerns to the mayor. The city received many other emails from tenants in support of the ordinance… (2)
Almeida concludes: “Regardless where Berkeley’s Housing Ban-the-Box legislation ends up, landlords and/or property managers should immediately take note and continue to work with a well-qualified third-party tenant screening agency, such as TenantScreeningUSA.com, in order to maintain full compliance with existing law and stay ahead of potential law.”
TenantScreeningUSA.com provides full-service tenant screening for landlords and property managers of any size and can greatly assist in remaining fully compliant with all existing law governing tenant screening. With a highly trained and experienced staff, TenantScreeningUSA.com can provide help to landlords and property managers with all their tenant screening needs.
Notes:(1)    berkeleyside.com/2019/11/12/berkeley-could-ban-criminal-background-checks-in-rental-housing(2)    sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Berkeley-may-remove-criminal-checks-in-housing-14818822.php

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