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Employers, Training

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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Training

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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Funding

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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News

Meet California's Mandated Reporter Requirements With an LMS

As of January 1, 2021 employers throughout the state of California may be required to provide mandated reporter training to certain employees. This is due to Assembly Bill (AB) 1963, which adds HR employees and supervisors at businesses with more than 5 employees that also employ teens to the state's list of mandated reporters. AB 1963 requires that the employers of these new reporters provide the appropriate team members with mandated reporter training. That training must include information on how to identify and report child abuse and neglect. While this training requirement may be met by taking the California Department of Social Service's training, many organizations have opted to enhance their internal training programs with custom-tailored courseware that gives them control of their data and enables tracking of their training process to help with compliance. Mandated Reporter Training currently has SCORM-compliant courseware that meets the requirements of AB 1963. Two courses are available, a longer version intended for HR employees and a shorter variation for front line supervisors. Learn how an LMS and the appropriate courses can help your organization stay in compliance ...
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News

How Changes to California Mandated Reporter Law Impact Employers

As of January 1, 2021, an update to California's mandated reporting law will impact human resources employees and supervisors at organizations who hire teens throughout the state. Discover what this and other recent legislative changes mean for businesses in the state. California leads the nation with groundbreaking mandated reporting legislation. Currently, the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law, originally adopted in 1980, identifies certain individuals as mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect. It strongly encourages employers to provide their employees who are mandated reporters with training in these duties. Recent legislation has pushed to classify more individuals as mandated reporters and to require that more organizations offer training. Because of this, it's important for employers to stay abreast of these legislative updates and have a plan in place to ensure their team has the training they need. What California's Mandated Reporter Law Updates Mean For Your Employee Training Program AB 1963 - HR Departments & Supervisors The most recent update to California mandated reporter law, Assembly Bill (AB) 1963 goes into effect on January 1, 2021. This groundbreaking legislation will help protect ...
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How Organizations Can Respond to CA's New Mandated Reporter Law

On January 1, 2021, new California legislation will go into effect that makes human resources employees and some supervisors mandated reporters of child abuse. AB 1963 applies to companies that have more than 5 employees who employ minors. 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. Previously, mandated reporters were primarily professionals working closely with young children -- teachers, daycare workers, nurses, etc. Now, however, organizations across nearly every industry will need to become familiar with the ins and outs of mandated reporting. This groundbreaking new law will help protect teens in the workplace in the state of California, but it may cause some headaches for businesses looking to navigate the situation. Because employers are required to provide training under AB 1963, it's important to find a quick, effective solution. What Your Organization Needs to Know About Complying With California's AB 1963 The Law Requires You to Provide Training Assembly Bill 1963 requires employers of the impacted human resources employees and supervisors to provide training on the ...
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