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California Assembly Bill 2669
California Assembly Bill 2669 Youth Service Organizations Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention
AB-2669 was signed by Governor Newsom on September 6, 2022. This bill impacts the timing of California Assembly Bill-506.
AB-2669 would, until January 1, 2024, exclude from this background check requirement youth service organizations that, prior to January 1, 2022, did not require administrators, employees, or regular volunteers to undergo background checks.
California Assembly Bill 506
AB 506, the Youth service organizations: child abuse and neglect prevention bill, which was approved by Governor Newsom on September 16, 2021, is set to become effective January 1, 2022.
- Requires any administrator, employee, or regular volunteer (volunteering more than 16 hours in a month or 32 hours in a year), of a youth service organization to complete training in identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect, as specified.
- Requires any administrator, employee, or regular volunteer of a youth service organization to undergo a fingerprint-based background check, as specified.
- The background check must be conducted in accordance with CA Penal Code Sect. 11105.3.
- Fingerprint background checks may be done through Live Scan. There are Live Scan locations located throughout the state.
- Fees: Here is a chart with the state and federal background check fees: applicant fingerprint processing fees,
- Volunteers (nonprofit)
- State $0, federal $15
- Volunteers (for profit)
- State $32, federal $15
- Employees (nonprofit)
- State $0, federal $17
- Employees (for profit)
- State $32, federal $17
- These fees are in addition to rolling fees.
- Volunteers (nonprofit)
- Please note: While a state background check is required, a federal check is recommended for staff and volunteers who have lived or worked in other states.
- To receive the background check information, your organization must apply to be an Applicant Agency, under Step Two (2), choose Youth Organization and Human Resources ONLY authorization request packet
- Requires a youth service organization to develop and implement child abuse prevention policies and procedures. Those policies and procedures must:
- Ensure the reporting of suspected incidents of child abuse to persons or entities outside of the organization and include the reporting required by CA Penal Code Section 11165.9.
- Policies requiring, to the greatest extent possible, the presence of at least two mandated reporters whenever administrators, employees, or volunteers are in contact with, or supervising, children.
- In addition, the bill authorizes an insurer to request information demonstrating compliance with these provisions from a youth service organization before writing liability insurance for a youth service organization.
CAL-OSHA Employer Alert: Emergency Temporary Standards COVID - 19
California recently approved Cal/OSHA EMERGENCY TEMPORARY STANDARDS on COVID-19 infection prevention. These new temporary standards apply to most workers in California and are effective immediately.
The ETS applies to all employers, employees, and to all places of employment with three exceptions:
- Workplaces where there is only one employee who does not have contact with other people
- Employees who are working from home
- Employees who are covered by the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases regulation
Elements included in the plan are:
- Communication to employees about the employer’s COVID-19 prevention procedures
- Identify, evaluate and correct COVID-19 hazards
- Physical distancing of at least six feet unless it is not possible
- Use of face coverings
- Use engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment as required to reduce transmission risk
- Procedures to investigate and respond to COVID-19 cases in the workplace
- Provide COVID-19 training to employees
- Provide testing to employees who are exposed to a COVID-19 case, and in the case of multiple infections or a major outbreak, implement regular workplace testing for employees in the exposed work areas
- Exclusion of COVID-19 cases and exposed employees from the workplace until they are no longer an infection risk
- Maintain records of COVID-19 cases and report serious illnesses and multiple cases to Cal/OSHA and the local health department, as required
Employer choices for developing this plan are:
- Use model plan template established by CAL OSHA
- Include required elements of this plan in the employer’s current Illness, Injury Prevention Plan
- Develop a plan of their own that includes these elements and is easily identified as referring to employees of that workplace. If you include these standards as part of your camp communicable disease plan, BE SURE it states “STAFF or employee” for each element of the requirements. This does not refer to campers!
- These standards are not guidelines for opening your camp but are a separate requirement!
- Begin work on this plan as soon as possible.
- Use information on the ACA Covid pages (acacamps.org) to guide you in your decisions.
- Use a format that allows you to update your camp’s information easily as more COVID knowledge becomes available.
Specific details of the Emergency Temporary Standards and additional guidance materials are available at www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/coronavirus/
CAL-OSHA Alert: Wildfire Smoke Emergency Regulation
Cal-OSHA has issued an emergency rule to deal with the hazards of wildfire smoke in California and to minimize the exposure to employee of contaminated smoke in such circumstance
The wildfire smoke regulation will only affect employees working outside and/or exposed to such smoke, with exemptions for businesses whose employees work inside air conditioning-controlled atmospheres. Here are some of the requirements:
Scope. California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 5141.1 applies to most outdoor workplaces where the current Air Quality Index (current AQI) for airborne particulate matter 2.5 micrometers or smaller (PM2.5) is 151 or greater, and where employers should reasonably anticipate that employees could be exposed to wildfire smoke.
Management and Supervisors:
- Implement a system for communicating wildfire smoke hazards to employees.
- Check with the proper authorities regarding the air quality at the time of wildfires so you can use such information to determine best practices in those circumstances.
- Implement engineering controls, when feasible.
- Provide proper respiratory protection equipment, if necessary. In this case of this regulation, that implies the use of N95 air filtering facepieces.
- Provide effective training.
- Follow work practices and procedures to help protect their health and safety.
- Wear appropriate clothing and attire, and use provided protective equipment as needed.
- Inform employer of worsening air quality; and any adverse symptoms from wildfire smoke.
CalCode Changes may apply to California Camp Food Service Operations
New Youth Sports Concussion Law May apply to California Camps
The California Collaboration for Youth shares:
In January 2017, a new law went into effect in California related to youth sports and head injuries. The law expanded already existing statue on “return to play” that had only applied to school settings. The law, as put into the California Health and Safety code ARTICLE 2.5. Youth Sports Concussion Protocols, section 124235, defines a youth sports organization as ” an organization, business, nonprofit entity, or a local governmental agency that sponsors or conducts amateur sports competitions, training, camps, or clubs in which persons 17 years of age or younger participate in any of the following sports: basketball, baseball, boxing, bicycle motocross (BMX), competitive cheerleading, diving, equestrian activities, field hockey, football, full contact martial arts, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, parkour, rodeo, roller derby, rugby, skateboarding, skiing, soccer, softball, surfing, swimming, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. ”
This new law requires youth organizations to develop new procedures that include greater attention to an injured athlete and more education to athletes, parents, coaches and administrators in all the following areas:
- Any athlete, suspected of receiving a concussion should be removed from play and not allowed to return until evaluated by a licensed health care provider trained in the management of concussions and acting within scope of practice.
- If an athlete has received a concussion, the athlete should complete a return to play protocol of no less than 7 days under health care provider supervision.
- If a youth athlete is removed form play for a head injury, the youth sports organization must notify the parents of the time and date of the injury, the symptoms observed and any treatment provided to the athlete by the organization.
- Every year, the youth organization must provide to the athlete and the parents a concussion and head injury information sheet that must be signed by both and returned.
- Every year, youth sports organizations must offer concussion and head injury information to all coaches and administrators.
- Coaches and administrators are required to successfully complete in person or online concussion and head injury training at least once. This must be completed before they can supervise an athlete in an activity.
- “Concussion and head injury education and educational materials” and a “concussion and head injury information sheet” shall, at a minimum, include information relating to all the following:
- Head injuries and their potential consequences.
- The signs and symptoms of a concussion.
- Best practices for removal of an athlete from an athletic activity after a suspected concussion.
- Steps for returning an athlete to school and athletic activity after a concussion or head injury.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides great resources for parents, athletes, youth coaches and heath care professionals. Entitled, Heads Up, it offers free online training courses as well as a variety of materials such as fact sheets, posters and templates for planning.