Human Trafficking Training Required For Hotels/Motels In California By Year End

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Fox Rothschild LLPAnother mid-year reminder:  California hotels and motels must train all employees on human trafficking awareness by January 1, 2020.

Per SB 970, hotel and motel employers must provide:

  • At least 20 minutes of “effective interactive training” about human trafficking awareness;
  • To each employee who is likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking; and
  • Who is employed as of July 1, 2019.
  • After that, new hires must be trained within six months of hire into a role that is likely to interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking.
  • No additional training is requirement for employees trained on or before January 1, 2019.

Therefore, it is a good idea to train all of your existing employees this summer, and then have a human trafficking component to your new hire orientation going forward.

Luckily, the Blue Campaign has put together a very helpful and informative Hospitality Toolkit.   It explains how to recognize a victim of human trafficking for employees in different hotel departments:  Housekeeping, F&B, Front Desk, Security, etc.  It also provides directions and resources for what to do if you suspect someone may be a victim (without putting the victim in further danger), and includes department specific postings.

Unfortunately many people, male/female, adults/minors, undocumented migrants/US citizens, can be victims of human trafficking.  The training is designed to expose employees to the issue and provide guidance on how to best assist.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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