Existing law prohibits an employee from being laid off or discharged for refusing to perform work in violation of prescribed safety standards, where the violation would create a real and apparent hazard to the employee or fellow employees. Existing law creates a cause of action for wages for the time an employee laid off or discharged for such a refusal is without work as a result. Existing law defines the term “employment” for these and other purposes to exclude household domestic service.
This bill, notwithstanding that definition or any other provision, for purposes of the hazard provisions, would define the term “employee” to include a person receiving employment for household domestic service.
The bill would make it a crime for a person, after receiving notice to evacuate or leave, to willfully and
knowingly direct an employee to remain in, or enter, an area closed under prescribed provisions of law due to a menace to the public health or safety. The bill would similarly define “employee” for this purpose to include a person receiving employment for household domestic service.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.