Now I have to worry about My Company’s Toilet!
Posted on January 11, 2017
Are you ready for Assembly Bill 1732?
The California bill, which goes into effect March 1, 2017, requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as all-gender toilet facilities.
What should employers do?
Ensure that any single-use toilet facilities are identified as all-gender toilet facilities, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use.
Single-user toilet facility is defined as a toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user.
There has been an ongoing conversation, both within the LGBT community and without, on how best to include all people under the ADA guidelines for accessible bathrooms. California schools and other government agencies have already been using gender neutral wording and symbols on restroom signs.
California, in passing this legislation, is taking a stand in the national debate and now employers must ensure they are in compliance.
Lauren Sims is the author and principal HR Consultant with eqHR Solutions.
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