STATE OF CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
NOTICE
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
Instructions:
This form is intended to meet the requirements of Health and Safety Code Sections 1596.881 and 1596.882 which require that employees be
informed of their rights, at the time of employment, to filing complaints against their employer for violating any licensing law or regulation. The
child care facility licensee is required to give the employee this form, to have the employee complete and detach the bottom of the form, and
to maintain the signed acknowledgement of receipt of the form in the employee’s file.
No employer shall discharge, demote, suspend or threaten to discharge, demote or suspend, or in any manner discriminate against any
employee for taking any of the following actions:
1. Making an oral or written complaint against the employer to the California Department of Social Services or other agency having
statutory responsibility for enforcement of the law or to the employer or representative of the employer for the violation of any licensing
law or other laws (including but not limited to laws relating to child abuse, staff-child ratios, etc.).
2. Instituting or causing to be instituted any proceeding against the employer regarding the violation of any licensing law or other laws.
3. Is, or will be, a witness or testifier in a proceeding regarding the violation of any licensing law or other law.
4. Refusing to perform work that is in violation of a licensing law or regulation after notifying the employer of the violation.
Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 1596.882, an employee alleging the violation by the employer of any action described above shall
do the following:
1. Present the employer with a claim alleging violation of the employee’s rights within 45 days after the discharge, demotion, suspension
or threat thereof or for discriminating against the employee for taking such action.
2. File a claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement no later than 90 days after the employer takes any of the above described
actions against the employee.
Upon receipt of the employee’s complaint, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement shall do whatever investigation it deems appropriate
to resolve the complaint. If it is determined that the employer has violated the employee’s rights, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
shall take action against the employer in any appropriate court. The court shall have jurisdiction of any action taken as well as to issue
restraining orders and any other appropriate relief, including rehiring and reinstatements of the employee to his or her former position with
backpay and benefits.
Within 30 days of receipt of a complaint from an employee as outlined above, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement shall review the
facts of the complaint and set either a hearing date or notify the employee and the employer of its decision. Where necessary, the Division of
Labor Standards Enforcement shall begin the appropriate court action to enforce the decision.
Except for any grievance procedure or arbitration or hearing that is available to the employee pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement,
Section 1596.882 is the exclusive means for presenting claims.
To file a claim with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, check the white pages of the local telephone directory under State
Government Offices, California State of, Industrial relations Department, Labor Standards Enforcement-Working Conditions, for the local
telephone number and address of the nearest office, or contact the headquarters office at P.O. Box 603, San Francisco, CA 94101, telephone
(415) 703-4810.
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(This form is to be retained in the employee’s file)
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
This is to acknowledge that I __ have received a copy of
“EMPLOYEE RIGHTS” from my employer ___ who is the
licensee or authorized representative of __________________________________________________________________
(PLEASE PRINT NAME OF FACILITY)
__________________________________________________
(SIGNATURE OF EMPLOYEE)
_____________________
(DATE)
____________________________________________________ ,
(PLEASE PRINT NAME OF EMPLOYER)
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(PLEASE PRINT NAME OF EMPLOYEE)
LIC 9052 (3/03)
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