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Legislator Wants University Study Of Diversity At California High Technology Companies

California Assemblymember Chris Holden has authored a bill that would require the University of California to conduct a study of the racial and ethnic diversity of the board of directors and employees of California high technology companies.  The bill, AB 2819, would define a "California high technology company” as a publicly traded company whose primary trade or business is either software development or computational hardware that has a business location in this state and has more than 1,000 employees in California.

The bill is curiously inconsistent in what the study should cover.  For example, it would information on the number of people employed in the high technology industry by "race or ethnicity" and gender but would require information only as to the race and gender of The of people employed by the high technology industry as executives, senior officials, or managers categorized by race and gender but not ethnicity.  The bill doesn't define what constitutes a "senior official" or "manager".  It also provides not clue as to how these classifications will be made.

The bill requires a "biannual" report, a term that generally refers to twice a year.  However, I suspect that the author intends a "biennial" report (i.e., every two years).  

For more on pending California diversity legislation see:  Legislature Mulls Mandating Board Interviews Of Everyone But Nonbinary Persons And Caucasian MalesBill Would Require Race And Gender Pay Equity ReportsCalifornia Gender Equity Quota Bill AdvancesBill Aims At Prohibiting Public Pension Fund Investments In Alternative Investment Vehicles Lacking Race And Gender Pay Equity Policies; and California Bill Would Mandate Gender Quotas For Publicly Traded Companies.

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Keith Paul Bishop, Corporate Transactions Lawyer, finance securities attorney, Allen Matkins Law Firm

Keith Paul Bishop is a partner in Allen Matkins' Corporate and Securities practice group, and works out of the Orange County office. He represents clients in a wide range of corporate transactions, including public and private securities offerings of debt and equity, mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests and tender offers, corporate governance matters and federal and state securities laws (including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Act), investment adviser, financial services regulation, and California administrative law. He regularly advises clients...