SB 854 made several changes to the laws governing how the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) monitors compliance with prevailing wage requirements on public works projects. Most of these changes modify the responsibilities of awarding bodies and went into effect immediately (because the bill was adopted as an urgency measure), but others will be phased in this year.
Claims for abusive conduct (workplace bullying), and allegations of Subtle Bias, were relatively unknown to most employers only a few years ago but now appear with increasing frequency. Abusive conduct has recently been defined by AB 2053, which requires preventative anti-bullying training. Subtle Bias is often undefined, but is broadly characterized as practices or actions that seem neutral or not intentionally discriminatory, but are alleged have damaging effects - such as enabling stereotyping or unconscious bias.