Bill Text: CA AB2588 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Educational programs and training: costs: employees and applicants providing direct patient care.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-05-21 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (May 20). Re-referred to Com. on APPR. [AB2588 Detail]

Download: California-2019-AB2588-Introduced.html


CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2588


Introduced by Assembly Member Kalra

February 20, 2020


An act to add Section 2802.1 to the Labor Code, relating to employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2588, as introduced, Kalra. Educational programs and training: costs: employees and applicants providing direct patient care.
Existing law requires an employer to indemnify the employer’s employee for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of the employee’s duties, or of the employee’s obedience to the employer’s directions, even though unlawful, unless the employee, at the time of obeying the directions, believed them to be unlawful.
This bill would provide that the expense or cost of any employer-provided or employer-required educational program or training, as defined, for an employee providing direct patient care or an applicant for direct patient care employment constitutes a necessary expenditure or loss incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of the employee’s duties. The bill would make these provisions only applicable to applicants for employment and employees providing direct patient care for an employer, whether public or private. The bill would prohibit an employer, or any person acting on behalf of the employer, from retaliating against an applicant for employment or employee for refusing to enter into a contract or agreement that violates these provisions. The bill would require a court to award, in any action brought pursuant to these provisions, a prevailing plaintiff reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. The bill would provide that its provisions are declaratory of and clarifies existing law with respect to employees.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The Labor Code requires all employers to pay for costs necessary for workers to perform their job duties and costs incurred because they followed the directions of their employer.
(b) It is important to protect applicants for employment from employers that are imposing these costs on those applicants to avoid complying with California labor law.
(c) The state should make it unlawful for applicants for employment that provide or seek to provide direct patient care to incur the cost for required educational programs or training.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2802.1 is added to the Labor Code, to read:

2802.1.
 (a) (1) The expense or cost of any employer-provided or employer-required educational program or training for an employee providing direct patient care or an applicant for direct patient care employment shall constitute a necessary expenditure or loss incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of the employee’s duties, as that phrase is used in Section 2802.
(2) For purposes of this section, “employer-provided or employer-required educational program or training” includes, but is not limited to, residencies, orientations, or competency validations necessary for direct patient care employment. “Employer-provided or employer-required educational program or training” does not include requirements for a license or certification necessary to legally practice in a specific employee classification to provide direct patient care.
(b) An employer, or any person acting on behalf of the employer, shall not retaliate against an applicant for employment or employee for refusing to enter into a contract or agreement that violates subdivision (a).
(c) This section shall only apply to applicants for employment and employees providing direct patient care for an employer, whether public or private.
(d) In addition to injunctive relief and any other remedies available, a court shall award, in any action brought pursuant to this section, a prevailing plaintiff reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
(e) This section is declaratory of and clarifies existing law with respect to employees.

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