Single-user restrooms in California, now “all gender” restrooms (AB 1732)

Existing California law requires publicly and privately owned facilities where the public congregates to maintain a sufficient number of toilet facilities to meet the needs of the public at peak hours. Existing law also requires each business establishment to provide, within reasonable access, a sufficient number of toilet facilities for employees.

Under AB 1732, starting March 1, 2017, all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency must be identified as all-gender toilet facilities.  Inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement will be authorized to inspect for compliance with these provisions.

The law takes effect March 1, 2017 to allow businesses time to change restroom signs and otherwise comply.

For questions regarding AB 1732, including whether the law applies to a particular employer or Union location, please contact your labor law counsel.

By Lisl Soto | October 4, 2016

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