Starting July 1st, These New Laws Will Impact Personal, Digital, and Workplace Security in America

On July 1st, sweeping new laws will come into effect across the United States, reshaping the landscape of personal, digital, and workplace security. These changes address a broad range of issues, from data privacy and worker protections to firearm regulations.

Staying informed about these legislative shifts helps individuals better navigate their rights and responsibilities, while also helping understand the evolving legal landscape and the emerging themes in state laws that can eventually influence national legislation.

Starting July 1st, These New Laws Will Impact Personal, Digital, and Workplace Security in AmericaOregon

In Oregon, Senate Bill 619 mandates companies to provide detailed information about personal data collection and usage. This law enhances consumer rights by allowing individuals to request data summaries, correct inaccuracies, or delete their data. By 2026, consumers can also opt out of targeted advertising and data sales. Businesses must offer transparent privacy notices and straightforward methods for revoking data consent.


Illinois introduces the Freelance Worker Protection Act, ensuring timely payment for independent contractors. This law, the first of its kind in the U.S., protects freelancers from threats, intimidation, and discrimination. It requires companies to pay contractors by the contract’s due date or within 30 days if unspecified.


Colorado’s new legislation bans firearms in “sensitive places,” including government buildings, schools, and polling locations. Violations are classed as misdemeanors, with exceptions for law enforcement and certain authorized individuals. The aim is to bolster safety in public spaces by limiting the presence of firearms.


Tennessee’s ‘Back the Blue Act’ increases penalties for assaulting law enforcement officers, making it a Class E felony with a mandatory $10,000 fine and a minimum 60-day prison sentence. Assaults on other first responders, like nurses or firefighters, result in a Class A misdemeanor, a $5,000 fine, and at least 30 days in prison. Additionally, Public Chapter 887 elevates the penalty for threats of mass violence on school property to a Class E felony, while excluding individuals with intellectual disabilities from these charges.


Finally, California Senate Bill 553 imposes rigorous requirements for workplace violence prevention. By July 1, 2024, businesses must implement a Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WVPP), including detailed definitions, tailored prevention strategies, employee involvement, emergency procedures, and thorough record-keeping and training.

These are just some of the laws taking effect on July 1st. Staying updated on these changes is essential for navigating the ever-changing legal landscape. Security—whether personal, digital, or workplace—is more important than ever. If you have any questions or want to discuss how these new laws might impact your security measures, we’re here to help. Reach out to us for expert advice and support in ensuring your security, safety, and compliance.

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