Senate Bill 970 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown and applies exclusively to all hotels and motels with employees in California.
As of July 1, 2019, all hotel/motel employers must to provide at least 20 minutes of training regarding human trafficking awareness to all employees who likely “interact or come into contact with victims of human trafficking” (i.e., receptionists, housekeeping employees, gate keepers, drivers, etc.)
The “human trafficking awareness training” must include information re:
The training may also include information provided by the Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and other nonprofit organizations that represent the interests of victims of human trafficking.
The training must be completed by January 1, 2020. After January 1, 2020, employers must provide awareness training once every two years, and new hires must be trained within six months of hire.
Employers affected by this new California law should contact an employment attorney for guidance, if there is any confusion.
Nicholas Kanter and Tal Burnovski Yeyni are employment defense attorneys at our firm.
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