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Legislative lowdown: California’s new workplace violence prevention measures take effect July 1

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Most California employers will be required to implement a workplace violence prevention plan as of July 1.

The new requirement stems from a state senate bill enacted last fall in response to incidents of mass shootings and workplace violence occurring in California and across the US. State Sen. Dave Cortese sponsored the bill in the aftermath of a 2021 deadly shooting at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in San Jose, where an employee killed nine colleagues before taking his own life.

There are a limited number of exceptions to the rule—healthcare facilities, for example, are already required to comply with

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