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Changes to Food Handler Regulations

The California Retail Food Code currently requires that food handlers must obtain and maintain a valid food handler card within 30 days of their hiring. It also requires food handlers to successfully complete a food handler training course and examination, with a cost cap of $15, including the food handler card.

Under SB 476, effective January 1, 2024, employers are now required to consider the time employees spend on completing the training and the examination as compensable “hours worked.” During the training course and examination, employers must now also relieve employees of all other work duties. Additionally, employers must cover necessary expenditures or losses associated with employees obtaining a food handler card. Importantly, SB 476 also prohibits an employer from making employment conditional on an applicant or employee already having a food handler card.

Posted in Employment Law, General.