The job creator bill that incentivizes disability access and education was signed by Governor Brown this week. SB 269, will limit frivolous litigation and claims regarding construction-related accessibility violations by providing businesses that have proactively sought to become compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with an opportunity to resolve any identified violations. As this is an urgency measure, SB 269 took effect immediately upon being signed on May 1st.
The bill seeks to incentivize businesses to proactively take steps to become accessible by providing them with 120 days from receipt of a Certified Access Specialist report to resolve any violations identified without being subject to statutory penalties or litigation costs. This proposal will assist businesses who are trying to ensure they are compliant from being subject to frivolous claims or litigation. This bill also provides a limited time for businesses to resolve violations of minor, technical construction related standards that do not actually impeded access to the public accommodation.