New California Laws Affect Auto Repairers (article continued)

Smog Check STAR Program Updates

This BAR regulation amends STAR eligibility criteria, provides STAR suspension process consistent with statute and deletes outdated Gold Shield Program requirements. This regulation took effect July 1, 2022.

BAR Disciplinary Guidelines

BAR updated existing disciplinary regulations by establishing laws and regulations training option as a rehabilitation option for automotive repair dealers as a condition to probation. This regulation took effect April 1, 2022.

Smog Check Consumer Assistance

BAR passed regulations that increase consumer repair assistance by providing higher contributions based on vehicle model year, reducing pre-repairs diagnostic fees for low-income vehicle owners, and removes unnecessary eligibility restrictions pertaining to vehicle registration. This regulation took effect Jan. 20, 2022.

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

This law extended California 2022 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick leave to Dec. 31, 2022, and creates a program that will reimburse qualifying small businesses for costs incurred providing employees with COVID-19 Supplemental paid sick leave. This law took effect Sept. 29, 2022. (AB 152)

COVID-19 Notice Requirements

This law requires, until Jan. 1, 2024, employers to notify employees of potential COVID-19 exposure by prominently displaying in the workplace a notice of COVID-19 case-related information for a minimum of 15 calendar days. (AB 2693)

Three New State Holidays

AB 1655 adds June 19, known as a Juneteenth, as a state holiday. AB 2596 recognizes Lunar New Year as a state holiday and AB 1801 designates April 24 as Genocide Remembrance Day.

Greenhouse Gases

This new law declares California become carbon neutral by 2045 or earlier. It also requires the state to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions by 85% compared to 1990 levels. (AB 1279)

This summary has been provided for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice.

Source: CAA

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