California Senate Bill 476

California SB 476 Compliance FAQS

Below you will find resources and frequently asked questions regarding these updates and the changes to ServSafe products.

Q: What is the purpose of California Senate Bill (SB) 476?

A: California SB 476 amends section 113948 of the California Health and Safety Code pertaining to the mandatory food handler training required for individuals working in the foodservice industry. The amendment shift requires employers take on responsibility for all costs associated with taking the training, including the cost of the training itself as well as paying for the time employees need to take the training and exam as hours worked.

Q: To which companies does SB 476 apply?

A: Senate Bill 476 applies to all foodservice operations in California, encompassing restaurants, catering services, food trucks, and other food establishments involved in the preparation, serving, or handling of food.

Certain establishments are exempt as outlined in Part e of section 113948 of the California Health and Safety Code.

Q: How does ServSafe Food Handler Training align with CA SB 476?

A: ServSafe Food Handler California Online Course& Assessment is an ANAB-accredited program that complies with the requirements set by the California Health and Safety Code. Since 2011, it has provided comprehensive education on food safety practices for food handlers.

Q: Are there specific guidelines on how employers should pay for the training?

A: The amendment to the law is not clear regarding specific payment methods, but ServSafe provides multiple payment options for companies wishing to provide products to their employees.

Employers are generally expected to facilitate and cover the costs. This may involve enrolling employees in ServSafe training programs, reimbursing them for expenses, or directly arranging and paying for the training.

Q: If companies pay for food handler training for an employee who leaves the organization, what happens to the food handler card they earned?

A: Food Handler certificates are earned by the individuals who complete the training and demonstrate their understanding of food safety principles by passing the exam. They are not transferable from one individual to another.

Q: Is there a deadline for completing the training?

A: Food handlers must complete the training within 30 days of their initial hiring date. Employers should factor in this timeline when budgeting for the training costs. ServSafe's online platform offers flexibility for employees to complete anywhere. Under the law, employers are not to condition employment upon having an existing foodhandler card.

Q: What are the consequences of employers not covering training costs?

A: Failure to cover the costs associated with food handler training may result in penalties, fines, or legal action for employers. It is crucial for employers to fulfill their financial responsibilities to ensure compliance with SB 476.

Q: Where can employers find more information about CA SB 476 and ServSafe training costs?

A: Employers can refer to the official California legislative website for details on Senate Bill 476. For information on costs and benefits of the ServSafe Food Handler California Online Course & Assessment, click here.
Note: These FAQs are provided for informational purposes only. Employers and employees are encouraged to refer to the official text of California Senate Bill 476 and seek legal advice for specific compliance concerns.

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