November 08, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed S.B.1343 into law that will extend the state's antiharassment training requirement to all employees. All employers with at least 5 employees will now be obligated to provide this training to their workforce. California law currently requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide only those in a supervisory role with antiharassment training.
Training must be completed no later than January 1, 2020, and all training must be repeated every two years. Furthermore, beginning in 2020, training will also be mandated for seasonal and temporary employees, including seasonal and migrant agricultural workers.
S.B. 1343 amends Section 12950 of the California Government Code to require an employer who employs 5 or more employees, including temporary or seasonal employees, to provide at least 2 hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least 1 hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees by January 1, 2020, and once every 2 years thereafter.
The bill also would require the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (Department) to develop or obtain 1-hour and 2-hour online training courses on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace and to post the courses on the Department's Internet Web site. In addition, the bill requires the Department to make existing informational posters and fact sheets, as well as the online training courses regarding sexual harassment prevention, available to employers and to members of the public in specified alternate languages on its website.
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