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New California Laws for 2021

Posted Jan 29, 2021

On January 1, 2021, hundreds of new laws went into effect in California. Governor Newsom signed only 372 new laws in 2020 compared to 870 in the previous year, a record low since 1967. Several of the laws enacted were in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and included a law requiring hospitals to maintain at least three-month stockpile of personal protective equipment for their workers, another requiring skilled nursing facilities to report COVID-19 deaths to public health authorities within 24 hours, and another requiring employers provide expedient notice to employees when exposure has occurred in the workplace. Other notable laws include the formation of a Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, a requirement for publicly held corporations which are primarily based in California to have at least one person on their board of directors who represents an underrepresented community, and removing obstacles for inmate firefighters to become professional firefighters after they are released from prison. Visit the California Legislative Information website for a full list of bills enacted. See Los Angeles Times.