Chapter 9.5. Employment For Older Workers of California Unemployment Insurance Code >> Division 1. >> Part 1. >> Chapter 9.5.

It is the public policy of the State of California that manpower should be used to its fullest extent. This statement of policy compels the further conclusion that human beings seeking employment, or retention thereof, should be judged fairly and without resort to rigid and unsound rules that operate to disqualify significant portions of the population from gainful and useful employment. Accordingly, use by employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations of arbitrary and unreasonable rules which bar or terminate employment on the ground of age offend the public policy of this State.
As used in this chapter:
  (a) "Employee" does not include any individual employed by his parents, spouse or child or in the domestic service of any person.
  (b) "Employer" does not include any employer with less than six persons in his employ. It does include any employer with six or more employees. It also includes the State of California and any political subdivision thereof.
  (c) "Employment agency" includes any person undertaking to procure employees or opportunities to work.
  (d) "Labor organization" includes any organization that is constituted for the purpose, in whole or in part, of collective bargaining or in dealing with employers concerning grievances, terms or conditions of employment or of other mutual aid or protection in connection with employees.
  (e) "Person" includes one or more individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations, limited liability companies, legal representatives, trustees, trustees in bankruptcy or receivers.
The department shall co-operate with other departments, agencies, and institutions both public and private in providing job counseling and placement services and developing employment programs for older workers, including employment programs to protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of such workers to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination or abridgement on account of age, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or upon applicable security regulations established by the United States or the State of California.
The department shall formulate policies to effectuate the purposes of this chapter and make recommendations to agencies and officers of the State and of local governments in aid of such policies and purposes. Nothing herein shall modify or supersede the authority or responsibility of the State Personnel Board to enforce the provisions of the State Civil Service Act.
The department shall carry on a continuing program of education, information, research, study, and community organization concerning the problems of older workers in seeking, obtaining, and holding employment without discrimination on account of age. The department shall create such local advisory agencies as in its judgment will aid in effectuating the purposes of this section, and may empower them to study the problems of discrimination on account of age and all problems relating to employment programs for older workers, and to foster through community effort co-operation among the various groups and elements of the population of the State and to make recommendations to the department for the development of policies and procedures to carry out the purposes of this section. Such advisory agencies shall be composed of representative citizens, serving without pay.
The department shall issue such publications and such results of research and other activities as in its judgment will tend to minimize or eliminate discrimination in employment on account of age.
The age limitations of the apprenticeship programs in which the State participates shall not be considered discriminatory within the meaning of this chapter.