|October 13, 2012|
Previously published on October 2012
In the last month, both the State of California and the City and County of San Francisco enacted legislation significantly affecting disabled access law rights and responsibilities in their respective jurisdictions. On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown signed new legislation: SB1186. The statute, which is effective immediately, affords small business owners some protection against abusive “drive-by” lawsuits under the federal and state disabled access laws - the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the California Unruh Act and Disabled Persons Act. San Francisco has also enacted a new law, Ordinance 187-12, which is effective October 11, 2012, and imposes on commercial landlords additional responsibilities to their tenants with regard to disabled access.