New Year, New Laws

Does your business have employees? Do you have a website? Do you use the internet? Do you have children in a public school? Do you have an elderly parent? Every year brings a slew of new laws, and this year is no different. Regardless of your specific situation, chances are that one of the hundreds of laws going into effect this year will affect you in some way. Below are just a few of those new California laws.

Education:

  • Discipline
    • One of the new laws going in to effect this year adds restrictions on schools with respect to suspension and expulsion of students for disruptive behavior. The law also includes a sunset provision with a 2018 date.
  • Emergency Medical Treatment
    • A new law now requires that public schools carry the EpiPen (epinephrine auto-injector), however, the new law does not require that school employees be trained to use the EpiPen; only those that are designated by the school to administer emergency medicine.

Privacy:

  • Minors
    • Websites that allow minors to register as users must now allow for any content posted by that minor to be erased, and must provide for the process by which the content can be deleted.
  • Personal Information
    • New security measures to be implemented by businesses that maintain personal information about California residents. Further restrictions will be placed on educational software and online service publishers.

(For additional information on updating your website’s privacy policy, click here)

Small-Medium Businesses:

  • Sick Leave
    • Mandatory paid sick leave policy taking effect July 1, 2015 will allow employees to accrue sick time after 30 days of work. The law also includes record-keeping and new employment poster requirements.
  • Retaliation and Discrimination
    • Greater protections will now be in place for immigrant workers exercising a labor right.
    • Even unpaid interns and volunteers will now be explicitly protected from harassment and discrimination under the new FEHA laws.
  • Ride-Service
    • Do you provide ride-sharing? If so, you need to make sure you have the proper insurance coverage under the new requirements. Each driver must be insured, even before he or she ever accepts a request for a ride-share.

Health Care:

  •  Assisted Living
    • Fines and civil penalties will increase as of July 1, 2015 for care facility violations that result in the injury or death of a resident. Additionally, training requirements will now be increased for persons working at residential care facilities for the elderly.
  • Legal and Business Records
    • New record-keeping requirements go into effect this year for clinical counselors, social workers, and therapists.
    • Transgender persons can have the sex with which they identify  reflected on their death certificate.

 

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