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California: Construction and building trades apprenticeship programs must comply with new equal employment requirements
June 30, 2019
On September 22, 2018, Gov. Brown signed Assembly Bill 2358. The new law expressly prohibits building and construction trades apprenticeship programs from discriminating against applicants or participants based on race, sex, religious creed, or national origin. It also requires apprenticeship programs to 1) designate one or more individuals to oversee equal opportunity compliance, 2) to maintain records demonstrating compliance, and 3) include specific equal opportunity pledges in their apprenticeship standards and other publications. All existing apprenticeship programs must comply with all the obligations of the new law within 180 days after it becomes effective. New apprenticeship programs must comply with the obligations upon registration or 180 days after the law becomes effective, whichever is later.
The new law went into effect on January 1, 2019.