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Update - March 2017
New CA Gender Bathroom Rules

Dear Don,
California Adopts Broad Gender-Neutral Bathroom Rules-Signage Rules
a Effective March 1, California's Equal Restroom Access Act (ERAA) Will Require Single-Occupancy Restrooms to Have Signs Indicating They Are Gender-Neutral
Which Restrooms Does the ERAA Cover in California?

The ERAA applies to all single-occupancy restrooms in businesses, government buildings, and places of public accommodation. "Single-occupancy" is defined as a "toilet facility with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user."

What Does the ERAA Require?

In short, the ERAA requires single-occupancy restrooms to be identified as gender-neutral by signs. The signs must comply with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations.

Each gender-neutral restroom must have at least a geometric sign and a designation tactile sign (i.e. signs including raised letters, accompanied by duplicative Braille, that identify the restroom).

Employers should keep in mind that the raised letters and Braille must be gender-neutral, even though no specific wording is required. For example, the sign can state "Restroom," "All-Gender Restroom" or "Unisex Toilets" or "Gender-Neutral Restroom."

What Should Employers Do?

Inspectors, building officials, or other local officials responsible for code enforcement are authorized to inspect for compliance with these provisions. Therefore, affected employers should ensure all single-occupancy restrooms have compliant signs.
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