Patti Perez, a member of DFEH’s Fair Employment and Housing Council, provides some interesting insights in an interview with Ameneh Ernst.
We have been in existence for a year and we’ve already introduced and gone through the first phase of two different regulatory projects. The one getting the most attention right now, because it is furthest along in the process, entails making significant changes to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations.
I didn’t sit on that subcommittee but, as a Council, we adopted a version of the amendments and we’ve already had two sets of public hearings. So we have accepted public comment—both orally at two hearings, and also in written comments.
I believe 1995 was the last time these regulations were amended. In the interim, not only have there been changes to California law, but the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has been amended. A lot of information needed to be changed, clarified, and updated.
We are now at the stage with those regulations where we are going to go back and look at the universe of public comments we have received and start digesting and voting on whether we will make changes to the version we adopted.
You can read the full interview here.