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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 26. AIR RESOURCES [39000 - 44474]

  ( Division 26 repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

PART 5. VEHICULAR AIR POLLUTION CONTROL [43000 - 44299.91]

  ( Part 5 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

CHAPTER 4. Miscellaneous [43800 - 43870]

  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

ARTICLE 5. Employee Parking [43845- 43845.]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1992, Ch. 554, Sec. 5. )

43845.
  

(a) In any air basin designated as a nonattainment area pursuant to Section 39608, each employer of 50 persons or more who provides a parking subsidy to employees, shall offer a parking cash-out program. “Parking cash-out program” means an employer-funded program under which an employer offers to provide a cash allowance to an employee equivalent to the parking subsidy that the employer would otherwise pay to provide the employee with a parking space.

(b) A parking cash-out program may include a requirement that employee participants certify that they will comply with guidelines established by the employer designed to avoid neighborhood parking problems, with a provision that employees not complying with the guidelines will no longer be eligible for the parking cash-out program.

(c) As used in this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Employee” means an employee of an employer subject to this section.

(2) “Parking subsidy” means the difference between the out-of-pocket amount paid by an employer on a regular basis in order to secure the availability of an employee parking space not owned by the employer and the price, if any, charged to an employee for use of that space.

(d) Subdivision (a) does not apply to any employer who, on or before January 1, 1993, has leased employee parking, until the expiration of that lease or unless the lease permits the employer to reduce, without penalty, the number of parking spaces subject to the lease.

(e) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting this section, that the cash-out requirements apply only to employers who can reduce, without penalty, the number of paid parking spaces they maintain for the use of their employees and instead provide their employees the cash-out option described in this section.

(f) (1) The state board may impose the civil penalty described in Section 43016 for a violation of this section.

(2) (A) A city, county, or air district may also adopt, by ordinance or resolution, a penalty or other mechanism to ensure that an employer within the jurisdiction of that city, county, or air district is in compliance with this section.

(B) If a city, county, or air district establishes a penalty, the governing body shall also establish procedures for providing notice to employers that are in violation of this section and for appeal by the employer of any penalty imposed.

(C) If a city, county, or air district establishes a penalty pursuant to this paragraph, a penalty may be imposed on an employer pursuant to paragraph (1) or this paragraph, but not both. If a penalty is imposed on an employer pursuant to both paragraph (1) and this paragraph, only the penalty imposed by the state board shall apply.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 359, Sec. 1. (SB 728) Effective January 1, 2010.)

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