New Licensing Laws in California

The California Chamber of Commerce has issued several new employment laws that became effective on January 1, 2018, several of which will affect business licenses in specific industries.

Construction Contractors

AB 1701 imposes liability on general contractors for some private construction contracts begun after January 1, 2018.  The general contractor is liable for unpaid wages, benefits, and contributions that a subcontractor owes a laborer who worked under contract.

Alcohol Servers

Under the new law AB 122, businesses that are licensed to serve alcohol must now provide mandatory alcohol responsibility training to each server.  In addition, each server must obtain an alcohol server certification.  Because the alcohol responsibility course is currently being created by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, this requirement will not become effective until 2021.

Barbers and Cosmetologists

There are two new laws that will affect barbers and cosmetologists.  SB 490 states that workers licensed under the Barbering and Cosmetology Act can be paid a commission in addition to their existing hourly rate under certain conditions.

In addition, AB 326 requires Board of Barbering and Cosmetology schools to add physical and sexual assault awareness to the mandatory health and safety course for licensees.  This change will become effective July 1, 2019.

Long-Term Care Facilities

SB 219 strengthens anti-discrimination protections for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals living in long-term care facilities, making it unlawful to deny long-term care admission because of gender identity or sexual orientation.  SB 219 also makes it unlawful to intentionally and repeatedly fail to use the preferred name or gender pronoun of a resident.  Facilities must also post notices about these protections.

Healthcare Facilities

Under AB 1102, the maximum fine for a violation of whistleblower protections in healthcare facilities will be increased from $20,000 to $75,000.

In addition to these changes affecting these specific licensed businesses, there are many new laws that affect a wide range of California businesses that can be found on the California Chamber of Commerce website.

It is essential to keep your licensure in good standing.  If you are experiencing an issue regarding your licensure, California professional license defense attorney Scott Harris can help.  Click to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation or call us at 877-865-6218.