More Training Required for Human Resource Employees and Managers in California
More Training Required for Human Resource Employees and Managers in California

On September 29, 2020, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1963 expanding the list of mandated reporters in California.  Existing law, the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, requires mandated reporters to report whenever they, in their professional capacity or within the scope of their employment, have knowledge of or observe a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.  Failure by a mandated reporter to report an incident of known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months of confinement in a county jail, by a fine of $1000, or both. 

Mandated Reporters:  The new law adds employees who work in human resources and managers whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of minors in the performance of the minors’ duties in the workplace as mandated reporters.  This law applies to businesses with five or more employees.

Training Required: Effective January, 1, 2021, this bill also requires all California employers with five or more employees that employ minors to provide training on identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect to their employees who are mandated reporters.  The annual training requirement may be met by completing the online training for mandated reporters offered by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention in the State Department of Social Services. 

In the past, teachers, child care workers, clergy, medical personnel, social workers, police and firefighters were all mandated reporters.  This bill extends the reach of the obligation of reporting to managers who work in private businesses who hire minors.   This new training obligation is yet one more burden for employers to carry.  No doubt further information will be forthcoming on details of this new obligation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the author of this Alert or your usual labor and employment attorney at AALRR.

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