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Section Meeting

Cyber Security and Data Privacy--How Do Employers Deal With It, What Liability Arises?

Stephanie P. Skaff | Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP

Stephanie Skaff (Section Meeting Speaker) will be discussing the California Consumer Privacy Act that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. By then we will know what happened with AB 25 (see notice below). This is a hot button issue. Be sure to sign up for this Event - it should be a sell-out.

AB 25--
Assembly Bill 25 (Chau)—California Consumer Privacy Act and Employers
Enacted in 2018, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) will provide sweeping privacy protections for California residents when it goes into effect on January 1, 2020. Troubling for California employers, the CCPA makes no distinction between employees and consumers, potentially covering information that employers collect, maintain, or share about employees or applicant.
AB 25 was introduced by the same legislator who authored the CCPA and sought to clarify the scope of the CCPA and exempt most employment data. However, relatively late in the process, organized labor and their supporters opposed the bill and stated that they were very concerned about “workplace privacy.” This opposition threatened to derail AB 25, which would have been a terrible outcome for all California employers.
Fortunately, a compromise deal was reached to allow labor to remove their opposition to AB 25. This deal exempts employment information from the CCPA, but only for one year, unless extended. This reflects a commitment by the business community to work with organized labor on legislation related to labor’s concerns regarding workplace privacy over the next year, in exchange for extending or eliminating the sunset date on the employment data exemption to the CCPA.
However, this compromise will still require employers covered under the CCPA to disclose to employees and job applicants the categories of personal information collected and the purposes for which the information will be used. Covered employers must comply with this disclosure requirement no later than Jan. 1, 2020.

Stephanie Skaff has been named among The Recorder’s 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law. Ms. Skaff is Chair of Farella Braun+ Martel’s Intellectual Property Litigation Department. She represents companies in complex litigation involving intellectual property, technology, privacy and licensing issues. These issues are presented in the employment context as well as general liability matters, including in the context of whistleblower cases and employee rights regarding data privacy, among other considerations. This is an area of law we all need to know more about as the rules are changing constantly with every technological advance.

Check-in begins at 11:45 AM; the Speaker(s) begin at 12:00 PM.


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Date and Location

Tuesday | November 12, 2019

Ragghianti Freitas LLP
1101 Fifth Avenue
Suite 100
San Rafael, CA 94901

Speaker Information

Stephanie P. Skaff

Partner, Farella Braun + Martel, LLP

Stephanie Skaff represents companies in complex litigation involving intellectual property, technology, privacy, and licensing issues.

Her clients benefit from her knowledge of and credibility with the state and federal court benches gained through her roles as a past president of the Bar Association of San Francisco and as a former co-chair of the Northern District of California Lawyer Representatives Committee.

Stephanie is regularly chosen as lead counsel for trade secret, patent infringement, and other intellectual property actions venued in jurisdictions around the country, including the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and Delaware. She represents clients in actions involving computer hardware, software, internet search and applications, mobile devices, gaming, financial services, encryption, networking, and database technology. Her clients have included well-known companies like Google and Dell, and also smaller technology companies and individuals battling significant “bet the company” litigation disputes.

Stephanie has successfully represented clients in high profile intellectual property disputes for more than two decades. Most recently, she helped lead the team responsible for a multimillion jury verdict in a trade secret and breach of contract case involving data center technology. Stephanie brings a unique ability to help her clients overcome legal challenges, tell their stories to lay judges and juries, and forge a strategic path to the quickest and most successful resolution of their intellectual property disputes.

Stephanie is a founding member of the Resource Board of the National Association of Women Judges, a former barrister and associate in the Edward J. McFetridge Inn of Court, and a past co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s Intellectual Property Committee. She has a background in database design and programming and, prior to law school, worked for a large public accounting firm in Los Angeles, California.

Women Leaders in Tech Law, The Recorder, 2013-2015, 2017-2018
Forever Influential Honor Roll, San Francisco Business Times, 2016
Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars (2016-2019); Top 250 Women in IP (2016-2018)
Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators, Daily Journal, 2015
Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business, San Francisco Business Times, 2014
Recommended Patent Litigation Practitioner, IAM Patent 1000, 2014-2017
Future Star, Benchmark Litigation (2011-2019)
Women Leaders in Law, The Recorder, 2012
Top 20 Lawyers Under 40, Daily Journal, 2006
Northern California Super Lawyers (2006 - 2009, 2011 - 2019)
The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Intellectual Property & Patent Litigation, 2019

Memberships and Affiliations:
President, Bar Association of San Francisco (2014)
Co-Chair, ABA IP Roundtable Committee
Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
American Inns of Court (Edward J. McFetridge Inn)
Clerked for the Honorable D. Lowell Jensen of the United States District Court, Northern District of California