FAQs About California’s Updated Sexual Harassment Law

FAQs About California’s Updated Sexual Harassment Law

Tanya Chandler

Tanya Chandler

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  1. What is this law?

In October 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed State Bill 1343, which cover training requirements for sexual harassment prevention, causing significant changes to existing mandatory requirements.

  • All non-supervisory employees will need at least one hour of mandatory sexual harassment and discrimination training
  • All supervisors will need at least two hours of training
  1. Who needs the training?

Any business with 5 or more employees must complete training specific to sexual harassment, the law previously mandated this training was required for businesses with 50+ employees. Please note that the 5+ employee threshold is not limited to full-time employees.

Temp agencies are also required to train their temporary and seasonal employees – this is not the responsibility of the client. Training must be completed within 30 days of the hire date or 100 hours worked if they will be employed under 6 months.

  1. What needs to be covered in the training to stay compliant?

The lessons focus around prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Concepts with practical examples: harassment based on sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity.

  • The federal and statewide ban on sexual harassment
  • Information and practical guidance on sexual harassment prevention
  • Abusive conduct prevention
  • Corrective actions against those who commit harassment
  • Resources available to people who experience sexual harassment.
  1. What’s the timeline?

The training must be completed by January 1, 2020. New employees must have the training within six months of the start of their position and personnel will need to be re-trained every two years following the 2020 deadline.

  1. Why do I need to do this?

Sexual harassment is becoming more of a concern in the workplace and reports are rising, leading businesses to create new policies and become aware of the liabilities and consequences associated.

  1. How do I go about this?

Training can be facilitated online or as a group-training with an instructor. Employees who wish to utilize a trainer have 3 options for those qualified to do so: attorneys, HR Professionals, or university instructors with specific credentials.

Vivid offers an online Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention for California to ensure compliance. PREVIEW THE COURSE

Other relevant training regarding Sexual Harassment include:

California Sexual Harassment for Supervisors: A.B. 1825 & A.B. 2053*

Reporting Sexual Harassment in NY

Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention 

Sexual Harassment for Employees

Sexual Harassment for Employees in NY

Sexual Harassment for Managers

Sexual Harassment for Managers in NY