New California laws for 2015 Pt. 3

New California laws for 2015 Pt. 3

(Part 3 of 3)

MATERNITY Leave: State universities may not require female graduate students to take leaves of absence for pregnancies and must allow those who do take leaves to return in good standing.

Military Personnel: Courts may create a diversion program for active military personnel or veterans who commit misdemeanors and are suffering from service-related trauma or drug abuse.

Military Spouses: New law requires that military spouses who are licensed to practice professions in other states be provided a 12-month temporary license to practice in California when their spouses are stationed here.

New State Holiday: New California law establishes Native American Day on the fourth Friday in September.

Paid Sick Leave: New law requires that employees (except caregivers who work in the In-Home Supportive Services program) get up to three paid sick days per year. This law takes effect July 1, 2015 at which time employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and be entitled to accrued sick time after 90 days on the job.

Residential Care Facilities: New law prohibits residential care facilities from retaliating against employees who call 911 when residents need urgent care.

Residential Care: All community care facilities, including child care establishments and residential care homes for the elderly, must have at least one carbon monoxide detector installed. The state may block new admissions to a residential care facility that has been cited for violations posing a risk to the health and safety of residents. Residential care facilities for the elderly must remedy license deficiencies within 10 days of notification.

Same-Sex Couples are allowed to identify themselves on state birth certificates with the new gender-neutral option of “parent” or the conventional “father” or “mother.”

Sexually Explicit Photos: New law allows victims to file suit for damages against anyone who intentionally or recklessly distributes a sexually explicit photograph, video or recording of another person without consent.

Smartphone Kill Switches: New law requires that, effective July 1, 2015, all smartphones sold in California come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technology that enables owners to render the device useless if stolen.

Sterilization: State prisons may not force or coerce inmates to be sterilized unless the inmate’s life is in danger.

Student Data: School districts collecting information on students through social media are limited to data involving student or school safety. Districts must allow parents to review and correct any such information collected.

Student Loan Forgiveness and Resulting Tax Liability: New law specifies that people granted forgiveness of outstanding debt on student loans are not subject to state income taxes on the debt.

Trains: Railroad operators must disclose more information to the state and public about crude oil and other hazardous materials being transported through California. That information includes the volume of material and routes taken.

Truants: Confinement in a juvenile detention facility or juvenile hall is no longer allowed as a penalty for minors who are found in contempt of court solely for failing to obey a judge’s order to attend school.

Veteran Cemetery: State and local officials can begin working to create a new veterans’ cemetery at the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine.

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