Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.,signed into law SB1038 (Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review) on June 27, 2012. Effective January 1, 2013, the bill will: (1) amend the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to eliminate the Fair Employment and Housing Commission and replace it with a Fair Employment and Housing Council within the Department; (2) transfer the Commission's regulatory function to the Department's Council;(3) end administrative adjudication of FEHA claims; (4) authorize the DFEH to file cases directly in court;(5)authorize the Department prior to filing a civil action to require parties to participate in cost-free mandatory dispute resolution in the DFEH's internal Dispute Resolution Division; and (6) authorize the DFEH to collect attorney fees and costs when it is the prevailing party in FEHA litigation.

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