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AB 506 Sets New Mandated Reporter Training Requirements for Volunteers

California's youth service organizations have new mandated reporter training requirements under AB 506, a bill that seeks to better protect children against child abuse and sexual abuse. Find out what AB 506 means for administrators, employees, and volunteers of youth services organizations. AB 506: Mandated Reporter Training Requirements for Youth Service Organizations AB 506 is specifically written to prevent child abuse and sexual abuse in youth service organizations and businesses that provide services to minors. Under AB506, a "business that provides services to minors" means a non-profit or for-profit business that meets the following requirements: Primary purpose is providing extracurricular services or instructions to youth under 18 years of age (does not include daycare or child care providers) Has adult employees with supervisory or disciplinary power over a child/ children Under AB506, administrators, employees, and regular volunteers of youth service organizations are required to complete child abuse and neglect reporting training, also known as mandated reporter training. Mandated Reporter Training Requirements for Volunteers Mandated reporter training is a familiar requirement for many professionals who regularly come into contact with youth. California has legislation requiring childcare and daycare professionals, ...
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Employers, Training

Your Complete Guide to Easy New Hire Training

The Great Resignation means that workers are leaving their old positions in droves, leaving organizations across the U.S. with a desperate need to hire and fill empty seats. However, training a new employee can be costly in terms of both time and resources. Developing a solid new hire training plan makes sure this process goes as smoothly and efficiently as possible. The 5 Things Your New Hire Training Plan Needs to Include #1: Onboarding This first stage in the new hire training process introduces your new employees to your organization and ensures that the essential onboarding information is taken care of. At this stage, your plan should include: An introduction to the company, including your mission, vision, and values. All essential onboarding paperwork, like confidentiality agreements, benefit enrollment forms, direct deposit forms, etc. Information on how to set up corporate accounts, like a company email, payroll login, etc. Review of the employee handbook, policies, and expectations. #2: Compliance Training Compliance training needs to be part of your initial new hire training process. It may also need to be repeated through an employee's tenure with the company. This can help ...
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Employers, Training

How to Meet California's Mandated Reporter Training Requirements

Are you required to provide your employees with mandated reporter training? In the State of California, you might be. California's Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting Act designates certain individuals as mandated reporters and institutes training requirements to ensure these individuals are able to perform their duties and keep children safe. Learn how you can meet these training requirements. Which Organizations Need Mandated Reporter Training Solutions Companies That Employ Minors As of January 2021, certain human resources employees and supervisors in the State of California are required to report suspected child abuse. This change impacts human resources employees at companies who employ minors, as well as supervisors whose duties require direct contact with and supervision of minors in the workplace. If this applies to your business, then the State of California requires you to provide applicable employees with training in their duties as reporters. Schools Schools are required to provide mandated reporter training to their employees on a regular basis. This includes: School districts County offices of education State special schools and diagnostic centers operated by the State Department of Education Charter schools The above institutions must provide annual mandated reporter training ...
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5 Reasons Why Mandated Reporter Training is Crucial for HR Staff

Your human resources team plays a vital role in your organization. Among other things, they field complaints of misconduct, keeping your employees safe and ensuring your business complies with state and federal employment laws. Because of their essential role, it's crucial that you ensure these professionals have all the tools and knowledge they need to effectively fulfill their duty. If an HR employee mishandles a complaint of harassment or abuse, the consequences can be devastating. Learn how investing in mandated reporter training for human resources can help keep your organization safe. 5 Reasons Why You Need Provide Mandated Reporter Training for Your Human Resources Team #1: It May Be Required by Law In the state of California, mandated reporter training for HR isn't just a wise investment, it's required by law. California Assembly Bill 1963 went into effect on January 1st, 2021, making select human resources employees and front-line supervisors mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. This same bill also requires that employers provide mandated reporter training to appropriate staff members. Your employer-provided mandated reporter training should include information on how to identify and ...
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Employers

6 Things to Know About Hiring Young Workers

Does your company hire teenagers? Many companies offer jobs to younger workers, particularly in retail and food service. There are many benefits to hiring younger workers, not the least of which is the opportunity to offer someone their first job and help them start their career. However, there are also special considerations management should keep in mind when hiring teenagers. Learn how to manage your youngest employees effectively. 6 Things Managers Hiring Teenagers Need to Keep in Mind #1: Obtain any needed permits. Many states, such as Washington and California, require businesses that hire minors under age 18 to have a permit to work. The requirements for this form may vary depending on your state, so verify that you're up-to-speed on child labor laws. In California, this permit is often issued by the minor's school. The minor must request a form to be completed by themselves, their employer, and their parents before being returned to the school. Verify that you understand how this process works in your state. #2: Be aware of applicable regulations. Certain regulations apply to employers who hire teenagers. If the employee is under ...
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What are the Mandated Reporter Training Requirements in CA?

The Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) is a California law requiring employers to identify mandated reporters, persons who are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect. In some instances, employers or departments are required to provide training to ensure employees are adequately prepared to take on this responsibility. Here is an overview of the mandated reporter training requirements in California: AB1963 Requires Training for Businesses that Hire Teens In January 2021, CA Assembly Bill 1963 took effect making human resources employees and some supervisors mandated reporters of child abuse. If one of your employees is a mandated reporter under this bill, your organization is required to provide them with training in their new duty. Assembly Bill 1963 requires employers of the impacted human resources employees and supervisors to provide training on the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. AB 1963 applies to companies that have more than 5 employees who employ minors. Failing to report suspected child abuse can lead to penalties including fees and up to six months of jail time. How to Meet the Requirements Companies that ...
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Employers, Training

Are Employers Required to Provide Training for Mandated Reporters?

If you employ mandated reporters, your state may require you by law to train them for the responsibility of reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. Federal Law Requires Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect In 1974, Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) to create a federal focus for preventing and responding to child abuse. CAPTA requires each State to have provisions or procedures for requiring certain individuals, known as mandated reporters, to report known or suspected instances of child abuse and neglect. State Laws for Mandated Reporting Vary Because CAPTA allows each state to come up with its own provisions and procedures for mandated reporting, legal requirements vary. In 47 states, for example, mandated reporters are designated by their profession. This often includes teachers, school personnel, doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, childcare providers, law enforcement, and more. In Indiana, New Jersey, and Wyoming, all persons are required to report, regardless of profession. Are Employers Required to Provide Mandated Reporter Training? Employer requirements to provide mandated reporter training also vary by state. Some states, such as California, Illinois, and Michigan, have passed legislation requiring ...
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What Can CAPTA Grants Be Used For?

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) was first enacted 40 years ago to improve child protective systems. Since its inception, CAPTA has been amended several times,  most recently by the Victims of Child Abuse Act Reauthorization Act of 2018. "The term 'child abuse and neglect' means, at a minimum, any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker, which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation (including sexual abuse, or an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm." - CAPTA CAPTA Funds and Grants CAPTA provides Federal funding (grants) and guidance to States in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities. It also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, for demonstration programs and projects. CAPTA funds are authorized to help states make improvements to child protective services, such as intake, assessment, screening, and investigation of reports of child abuse and neglect; develop, improve, and implement risk and safety assessment tools and protocols; and case ...
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