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New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements in California

As a California business, I hope you are on top of your sexual harassment prevention training requirements for all your managers. However, this year California expanded training requirements to your non-supervisory employees as well. New Senate Bill 1343 ("SB 1343") also extends training requirements to all the companies with five or more employees.

SB 1343 requires covered employers to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of training to all non-supervisory employees by January 1, 2020. Training and education must be provided once every two years after that, as specified under the new law.

Also, employers must provide sexual harassment prevention training to temporary or seasonal employees within 30 calendar days after the hire date or within 100 hours worked if the employee will work for less than six months. In the case of a temporary employee employed by a temporary services employer (as defined by the California Labor Code) to perform services for clients, the training must be provided by the temporary services employer, not the client. The anti-sexual harassment training may be conducted with other employees, as a group, or individually, and broken up into shorter time segments, as long as the two-hour requirement for supervisory employees and the one-hour requirement for non-supervisory employees is reached.


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