Are you a human resources employee or front-line supervisor and your employer is in California? Are you aware there is a new law greatly expanding who is a mandated reporter of abuse? The following information is being shared from ePlace Solutions, a risk management company, alerting businesses of expanded requirements, and I want to share it with you so you are informed in the event the regulations apply to you or someone in your company.

A HR employee is defined as anyone whose job duties include accepting complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and misconduct under the Fair Employment and Housing Act.

A front-line supervisor is defined as anyone whose duties require direct contact and supervision of minors.

Human Resource employees and front-line supervisors are not required to report the same things.

 A HR employee who works for a business with at least 5 employees and employs minors, is now mandated to report all child abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, willful cruelty or unjustified punishment, unlawful corporal punishment, and neglect.

A front-line supervisor is mandated only to report sexual abuse.

The new law requires training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Failure by a mandated reporter to report an incident of child abuse or neglect is a misdemeanor and can be punishable up to 6 months in jail, a fine of $1,000, or both.

For more information, fee free to contact the professionals of ePlace Solutions at 800-980-2988 or hrprofessionals@eplaceinc.com

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