The annual KQED News "California Report" has spelled out the most important new state laws for 2015 (based on the opinion of its editors). Most important and/or interesting, according to KQED. Bearing in the mind the inherent subjectivity of such a list, it is fair to say that at least a few of these laws will have an impact on Girardi | Keese clients. They run the gamut from employment to sports-related injury to assisted living.
Out of roughly 900 new laws, KQED called out 26 of them. In this post, we call out just a few that we believe have the most potential to affect our clients.
AB1592: Mandatory Paid Sick Days
At Girardi | Keese, we regularly take on cases involving unfair treatment of employees at the hands of their employers due to discrimination, harassment, violation of wage and hour laws, and other employment law violations. AB1592 puts in place a certain measure of fairness for an estimated 6.5 million employees who currently have no sick time. Now, these workers will get at least three paid sick days.
AB215: Teacher Sexual Abuse Firings
Our law practice occasionally involves representing people who were victimized by teachers and others in positions of authority. According to KQED, it will be somewhat easier to fire teachers accused of sexual abuse, in that AB215 allows for the introduction of evidence that is more than four years old.
AB2127: Contact Sport Restrictions for Students
Concussions are a problem in many contact sports. It's a problem not limited to professional hockey and football. AB2127 requires a waiting period of seven days and a doctor's note before a student can play again after having suffered a head injury. There are also certain restrictions on how and when full-contact practice should be conducted.
AB2236: Fines for Assisted Living Homes
AB2236, according to KQED, "Increases 100-fold the top fine for violations of state regulations." Assisted living centers that break the law no longer face a $150 fine, but a $15,000 fine. KQED calls it the "most significant overhaul of the industry in almost 30 years."