California Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 428 on September 30th of this year. Applying to the workplace, this new law would expand the violence restraining order law for employed areas in broadening protections for those experiencing workplace harassment. This law will not go into effect until January, 1, 2025.
- Current state law allows employers to apply and receive a short-term restraining order against an individual who has participated in workplace violence or has threatened violence onto employees.
- Effective January 1, 2025, state law will enable employers to seek a temporary restraining order on a person who has invoked harassment onto their employees.
According to JD Supra, “California law currently enables an employer to seek a temporary restraining order to protect employees from a person who has engaged in violence or has made a credible threat of violence. Pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 527.8, an employer may file a petition for a temporary restraining order to protect employees and their immediate family members.”