California Whistleblower Notice Poster Required
The Whistleblower Notice is a labor law posters poster by the California Department Of Industrial Relations. This is a mandatory posting for all employers in California, and businesses who fail to comply may be subject to fines or sanctions.
This California poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees will see it. The policy poster describes what a whistleblower is, how whistleblowers are protected and how to report improper acts of corporations and limited liability companies. Employees who believe their employer is committing a violation are encouraged to inform the government or any other person with a related authority over the employee to investigate this violation. These employees are protected under the California Labor Code Section 1102.5. Under this code, employers are prohibited from retaliating against an employee who is a whistleblower.
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The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement believes that the sample posting below meets the requirements of Labor Code Section 1102.8(a). This document must be printed to 8.5 x 14 inch paper with margins no larger than one-half inch in order to conform t o the statutory requirement that the lettering be larger than size 14 point type. WHISTLEBLOWERS ARE PROTECTED It is the public policy of the State of California to encourage employees to notify an appropriate government or law enforcement agency , person with authority over the employee, or another employee with authority to investigate, discover, or correct the violation or noncompliance, and to provide information to and testify before a public body conducting an investigation, hearing or inquir y, when they have reason to believe their employer is violating a state or federal statute, or violating or not complying with a local, state or federal rule or regulation. Who is protected? Pursuant to California Labor Code Section 1102.5 , employees are the protected class of individuals. “Employee” means any person employed by an employer, private or public, including, but not limited to, individuals employed by the state or any subdivision thereof, any county, city, city and county, including any charter city or county, and any school district, community college district, municipal or public corporation, political subdivision, or the University of California. [ California Labor Code Section 1106 ] What is a whistleblower? A “whistleblower” is an employee who discloses information to a government or law enforcement agency , person with authority over the employee, or to another employee with authority to investigate, discover, or correct the violation or noncompliance, or who provides information to or testifies before a public body conducting an investigation, hearing or i nquiry, where the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses: 1. A violation of a state or federal statute, 2. A violation or noncompliance with a local, state or federal rule or regulation, or 3. With reference to employee safety or health, unsafe working conditions or work practices in the employee’s employment or place of employment. A whistleblower can also be an employee who refuses to participate in an activity that would result in a violation of a state or federal statute, or a violation of or noncompliance with a local, state or federal rule or regulation. What protections are afforded to whistleblowers? 1. An employer may not make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy preventing an employee from being a whistleblower. 2. An employer may not retaliate against an employee who is a whistleblower. 3. An employer may not retaliate against an employee for refusing to participate in an activity that would result in a violation of a state or federal statute, or a vi olation or noncompliance with a state or federal rule or regulation. 4. An employer may not retaliate against an employee for having exercised his or her rights as a whistleblower in any former employment. Under California Labor Code Section 1102.5 , if an employer retaliates against a whistleblower, the employer may be required to reinstate the employee’s employment and work benefits, pay lost wages, and take other steps necessary to comply with the law. How to report improper acts If you have information regarding possible violations of state or federal statutes, rules, or regulations, or violations of fiduciary responsibility by a corporation or limited liab ility company to its shareholders, investors, or employees, call the California State Attorney General’s Whistleblower Hotline at 1 -800-952-5225 . The Attorney General will refer your call to the appropriate government authority for review and possible inv estigation.
Other California Labor Law Posters 4 PDFS
There are an additional 33 optional and mandatory California labor law posters that may be relevant to your business. Be sure to also print all relevant state labor law posters, as well as all mandatory federal labor law posters.
- Original poster PDF http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/WhistleblowersNotice.pdf , updated October 2019
- California Labor Law Posters at http://www.dir.ca.gov/wpnodb.html
- California Department Of Industrial Relations
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