Job-hunters no longer need to worry about sanitizing their Facebook pages before applying for work, thanks to two new California laws that go on the books in 2013.
The social media privacy laws protect job seekers and prospective students from sharing social media user names and passwords during the job application process.
Those laws are among the 873 regular session bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2012. Many took effect Jan. 1.
Banning Therapies to 'Cure' Gay Minors
The law states therapists can't provide minors with therapy intended to change their sexual orientation. California is the first state in the nation to prohibit such practices.
Federal judges rendered conflicting rulings on the law in December.
Eliminating on-the-job discrimination is the focus of two new laws:
- One expands the definition of "sex" under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include breastfeeding.
- The other clarifies that the state's discrimination laws make reasonable accommodations for religious dress and grooming practices.
- AB 2370 replaces the phrase "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability."
'Good Samaritan' Overdose Prevention Law
This law encourages people to call 911 and seek medical help for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose without fear of being prosecuted for minor drug crimes.
“Reassuring all Californians that calling 911 is safe and the right thing to do when someone’s life is on the line is essential,” Meghan Ralston, harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.
She also pointed out that this isn't a get-out-of-jail-free card. Drug dealers and motorists driving under the influence would still face legal ramifications.
California sales tax increased a quarter cent Jan. 1 because of a voter-approved measure that will fund public safety and education. The law also increases income taxes for those who make more than $250,000 of taxable income annually.