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January 2, 2018

Recreational marijuana in CA and paid family leave among 2018's new laws, and the big risk finance will focus on in 2018.

2018 Brings Some Surprising New Laws

NBC News

The new year brings a host of state laws, from making marijuana more accessible to requiring paid family leave. Retail sales of marijuana for recreational use are now legal in California, but the supply chain will be more heavily regulated than under previous laws allowing the sale of medical marijuana. New York begins enforcing the nation's most comprehensive state law requiring employers to give paid family leave, eventually up to 12 weeks a year when the law is fully phased in.

What Does the Future Hold for Dodd-Frank?

The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters last week that he’d like to hold a vote on a bipartisan Senate Banking Committee bill to exempt small and mid-size banks from aspects of Dodd-Frank. House Republicans have called the bill a non-starter that doesn’t go far enough to rein in Dodd-Frank or the CFPB.

The Big Risk Finance is Focusing on in 2018

Business Insider

Over 200 firms have pledged to regularly disclose the risk climate change poses to their business and implement climate-friendly initiatives as part of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, a group led by Michael Bloomberg and Mark Carney.

Think You Know Blockchain? Think Again.

Venture Beat

There may be lots of changes in store for blockchain this year. Regulations will get more serious, ICOs (initial coin offerings) will go mainstream, reverse ICOs will intensify, and more decentralized AI startups will emerge.

The Quality Employers Look For Most in Candidates

Glassdoor

88% of hiring decision makers agree that an informed candidate is a quality candidate, according to a recent Glassdoor survey. Glassdoor connected with the some of the winners of their "Best Places to Work" award to find out what they look for in quality candidates. The common theme running throughout is the importance of understanding what a company is about.