Tuesday, October 13, 2020
New Law Mandates Training For Human Resources Employees And Others Pertaining To Child Abuse And Neglect
From JD Supra:
On September 29, 2020, the [California] Governor signed Assembly Bill 1963 which amends Section 11165.7 of the Penal Code, relating to mandated reporters of child abuse.
The existing law, the Child Abuse, and Neglect Reporting Act, requires a mandated reporter, as defined, to report whenever they, in their professional capacity or within the scope of their employment, have knowledge of or observed 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 $1,000, or both.
Any California employer with five or more employees that employ minors will have to provide training on identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect to the following two new classes of mandated reporters – (1) all human resources employees and (2) all adults whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of minors in the performance of the minors’ duties in the workplace.
Read more here.