(a) A public employer specified in Section 3552 shall
8provide all newly hired public employees a public employee
9orientation within two months of the time of hiring that shall
10include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The personnel policies of the public employer, including
12sexual harassment, violence prevention, and safety plans.
(2) Any applicable civil service rules.
(3) Any ethics or conflict-of-interest rules to which the public
15employee is subject, if applicable.
(4) Any employer-provided benefit programs for which the
employee is eligible.
(b) An orientation described in subdivision (a) shall meet all of
19the following minimum requirements:
(1) Orientations shall be conducted during the regular workday
21and shall take place at the worksite, unless the public employer
22and recognized employee organization or exclusive representative
23have agreed otherwise. The scheduling of orientations shall be
24agreed upon with the recognized employee organization or
25exclusive representative. All newly hired public employees shall
26attend in person.
(2) If employees are represented by a recognized employee
28organization or exclusive representative, representatives of the
29recognized employee organization or exclusive representative
30shall be permitted to make a presentation of 30 minutes to begin
31within one hour of the start of the orientation that shall
32but is not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Information about the memorandum of understanding,
34including the term of the agreement, eligibility to vote on its
35ratification, and how to access the contract.
(B) Any union benefit for which members may be eligible.
(C) Contact information for the exclusive representative.
(3) If no representative from the recognized employee
2organization is present during the designated start time of that
3part of the presentation, there is no requirement that they be
4afforded additional time.
(4) If employees in different bargaining units are provided a
6combined orientation, employees in each bargaining unit shall be
7provided a separate space in
which the employee organization
8representing each bargaining unit shall be permitted to address
9its bargaining unit members during the time allotted for the
10recognized employee organization’s or exclusive representative’s
11presentation. In addition to other representatives, each recognized
12employee organization or exclusive representative may designate
13one employee representative who may attend the orientation on
14paid time. The content of the recognized employee organization’s
15or exclusive representative’s presentation shall be determined
16solely by the employee organization and shall not be subject to
17negotiation. The presentation shall not include advocacy for or
18against a candidate for political office or ballot measure. Prior
19to implementing the orientation requirements set forth in this
20subdivision, the public employer shall provide at least the level of
21access to, and the opportunity to make presentations at,
22orientations that the public employer allowed the recognized
23employee organization or exclusive
representative as of June 1,
242016, and nothing herein shall be construed as infringing upon
25or limiting that access.
(c) Notwithstanding Sections 6254 and 6254.3, the public
27employer shall provide the recognized employee organization or
28exclusive representative with the name, job title, department, work
29location, telephone number, and home address of any newly hired
30employee within seven days of the date of hire and notice of a
31scheduled orientation not less than 10 days prior to the orientation
32unless earlier notice is required by an agreement with the
33recognized employee organization or exclusive representative.
34The information identified in this subdivision shall be provided to
35the recognized employee organization or exclusive representative
36regardless of whether the newly hired public employee was
37previously employed by the public employer. The information
38under this section shall be provided in a manner consistent with
39paragraph (3) of
subdivision (a) of Section 6254.3. The information
40under this section shall be provided in a manner consistent with
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2confidentiality program established pursuant to Chapter 3.1
3(commencing with Section 6205) of Division 7 of Title 1.
(d) This section does not prohibit a public employer and a
5recognized employee organization or exclusive representative from
6negotiating an agreement providing for orientation sessions that
7vary from the requirements of this section. However, if the public
8employer and the recognized employee organization or exclusive
9representative do not reach a mutual agreement regarding the
10orientation sessions, all of the requirements of this section shall
(e) A public employer identified in Section 3552 does not
13unlawfully support or favor an employee organization or encourage
join any organization in preference to another as
15prohibited by subdivision (d) of Section 3506.5, subdivision (d) of
16Section 3519, subdivision (d) of Section 3543.5, or subdivision (d)
17of Section 3571 of this code, or subdivision (d) of Section 99563.7
18of the Public Utilities Code, or any other state law, by permitting
19a recognized employee organization or exclusive representative
20the opportunity to present at employee orientations and
21informational programs as required by this section or consistent
22with a negotiated agreement pursuant to Section 3551.