In our final post on new labor and employment laws, we review a few miscellaneous changes of which California employers should be aware. If you have any issues regarding labor and employment law, please contact our firm for sound guidance.
Human Trafficking Posting Requirement for Certain Businesses
SB 1193 requires specified businesses to post an 8.5 x 11” notice, on or before April 1, 2013, that contains information about organizations that provide services to eliminate slavery and human trafficking. The Department of Justice will develop a model notice that complies with the requirements of SB 1193 and make the model notice available.
Disability Access Law Reforms
SB 1186 limits frivolous litigation regarding technical violations concerning disability access by reducing statutory damages, putting into place new provisions to prevent stacking of multiple claims to increase statutory damages and banning letters making demands for money before litigation.
The FEHC Is Eliminated, and Its Duties Transferred to the DFEH
SB 1038 eliminates the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC). The most important change is the manner in which charges of discrimination or harassment are handled. The administrative hearing process before the FEHC is eliminated. Instead, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) will be able to bring civil actions on behalf of a complainant directly in court and require mandatory dispute resolution.
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