On September 29, 2020, Governor Newsom passed AB 1963.
What are the details?
AB 1963 adds a human resource employee of a business with five or more employees that employs minors to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters. The bill also adds, for the purposes of reporting sexual abuse, an adult whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of minors in the performance of the minors’ duties in the workplace of a business with five or more employees to the list of individuals who are mandated reporters. The bill requires those employers to provide their employees who are mandated reporters with training on identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. By imposing the reporting requirements on a new class of persons, for whom failure to report specified conduct is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The full text of AB 1963 can be found here.
An article summarizing the bill can be found here.
What do employers need to do?
Employers with five or more employees employing minors should look to train either their human resource employees or the direct supervisor of the minor employees on the content discussed in this law.