NEW LAW: California To Require Human Trafficking Training In The Hospitality Industry

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed SB 970 into law.  This law imposes new training requirements on employers in the hospitality industry relating to human trafficking.

This new law requires hotel/motel employers to provide training relating to human trafficking to certain employees.  The training must be 20 minutes long and must include the following information:

  • The definition of human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of children;
  • Guidance on how to identify individuals who are most at risk for human trafficking;
  • The difference between labor and sex trafficking;
  • Guidance on the role of hospitality employees in reporting and responding to this issue;
  • The contact information to the appropriate government industries (e.g. the National Human Trafficking Hotline, among others) and local law enforcement.

The training can also include information and materials provided by the Department of Justice, the Blue Campaign of the federal Department of Homeland Security, and various private nonprofit organizations that represent the interests of victims of human trafficking.

The training must be provided to all employees who have “reoccurring interactions with the public.”  This can include, but is not limited to the following types of employees:

  • employees who work in the reception area of the hotel,
  • housekeeping employees,
  • bellhops, and
  • employees who drive customers.

The initial human trafficking training must be provided to these employees by January 1, 2020 and every two years thereafter.  For new employees, this training must occur within six months of his or her employment in that role.