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Government Code - GOV

TITLE 1. GENERAL [100 - 7914]

  ( Title 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )


  ( Division 7 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

CHAPTER 18. Bidding and Outreach Programs [7400 - 7401]
  ( Chapter 18 added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 870, Sec. 2. )


(a) (1) The Legislature finds and declares that subdivision (a) of Section 31 of Article I of the California Constitution prohibits state and local government agencies from discriminating against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, and public contracting. The Legislature finds that this prohibition does not prevent governmental agencies from engaging in inclusive public sector outreach and recruitment programs that, as a component of general recruitment, may include, but not be limited to, focused outreach and recruitment of minority groups and women if any group is underrepresented in entry level positions of a public sector employer.

(2) The Legislature also finds and declares that increasing the number of businesses that participate in the bidding process in public contracting results in more vigorous competition, and thus assists state and local agencies in obtaining the desired quality of work at a lower cost.

(3) It is the intent of this section that all governmental agencies shall engage in general recruitment and outreach programs to all individuals, including persons who are economically disadvantaged.

(b) For purposes of this section, underrepresentation shall be determined by comparing the minority group or the number of women at the governmental agency with that group’s representation in the current civilian labor force in the jurisdiction of the governmental agency.

(c) State government employment shall use current state civilian labor force data to implement this section.

(d) It is the intent of this section to allow public sector employers to conduct outreach efforts with a goal of supplementing word-of-mouth recruitment that should result in increasing diversity of the public sector workforce.

(e) The type of recruitment activities allowed would include, but not be limited to, placement of job announcements in the following media instruments:

(1) General circulation newspapers, general circulation publications, and general market radio and television stations, including electronic media.

(2) Local and regional community newspapers.

(3) Newspapers, publications, and radio and television stations that provide information in languages other than English and whose primary audience is residents of minority and low-income communities.

(4) Publications, including electronic media, that are distributed to the general market and to newspapers, publications, and radio and television stations whose primary audience is comprised of minority groups or women.

(5) Recruitment booths at job fairs or conferences oriented to both the general market and the economically disadvantaged as well as those events drawing a significant participation by minorities or women.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 870, Sec. 2. (SB 1442) Effective January 1, 2017.)