New Law Requires Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training for All Employees
The #MeToo movement has renewed attention on sexual harassment in the workplace. California, being at the forefront of workplace protections, passed several anti-harassment laws this year. More Importantly, California’s SB 1343 which requires employers with five or more employees to provide training to all employees (both supervisory and non-supervisory) by January 1, 2020.
This new law is certainly a dramatic shift from the current requirements, which have been in place for more than a decade long, but nonetheless, a necessary one. Current law requires employers with at least 50 employees to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training within six months of hire and every two years thereafter.
Now, the threshold number of employees that triggers coverage under the law has been lowered to five, and non-supervisory employees are included in the training mandate.
Ultimately, sexual harassment in the workplace is a risk that California employers simply cannot afford. Driven by high-profile sexual harassment and assault cases in the workplace, California lawmakers have taken it upon themselves to ensure most employers, even those with just a few employees, minimize their risk by requiring training for all employees.
It’s important to know that your business may soon be out of compliance with California’s new mandatory sexual harassment training for all employers with 5 or more employees.
- Employers with at least five employees must provide: (1) Two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees; (2) One hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all non-supervisory employees.
- Part-time and temporary employees, plus independent contractors count toward the minimum employee count of five employees. Must be done by January 1, 2020.
- Training must occur within six months of the employee starting the position (and every two years thereafter).
- Sexual harassment prevention training may be conducted individually or as a group.
- Sexual harassment prevention training may be in conjunction with other training and may be given in shorter time segments, as long as the two-hour requirement for supervisory employees and the one-hour requirement for non-supervisory employees is met.
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