In an ever-changing society, being abreast of the law is essential to ensure you do not accrue fines, legal warnings or damage to your reputation. Where you need to make changes to your business, conduct or premises, whether a large or small change, it’s important to respond to any changes in law as rapidly as possible. In late 2016, a bill was signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that, effective March 2017, all public single-occupancy restrooms in California must be available for all genders. In other words, they must be obviously gender neutral allowing anyone to use the facilities.
Improved signage for gender neutral restrooms
For many businesses and retail/restaurant chains with restrooms in place already, their signage may not indicate clearly who may use their facilities. In a world where it’s of growing importance to support inclusion and ensure that no one and nothing is ostracized, society has seen fit to make changes to legislation for providing respite for the wider community. When signage clearly displays who the facilities are designed for, it prevents issues. When people are unsure of where the restroom is, having to bring this to the attention of retail employees by asking if they are able to use the restrooms can draw attention to themselves and cause unnecessary embarrassment. Bill AB1732 states:
All single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency shall be identified as all-gender toilet facilities by signage that complies with Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, and designated for use by no more than one occupant at a time or for family or assisted use.
This must be in place by March 1, 2017. For those who are looking to update their business signage in California, AGRetail is the only signage company to contact.
AGRetail offers the leading range of retail, restaurant and business signage for every specification and budget. If you are looking for a new, neutral sign for your bathrooms, or you are looking to completely overhaul your in-store and exterior signage, we have the solution for you. Years of experience have elevated AGRetail to market leaders in the signage, retail marketing and branding industry.