In response to the height of the #MeToo movement, in late 2018, California passed Senate Bill 1343 to expand employers’ pre-existing responsibilities related to sexual harassment prevention training. Prior to this legislation, California employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide at least 2 hours of training and education regarding sexual harassment, abusive conduct, and harassment based upon gender, to all supervisory employees within 6 months of their assumption of a supervisory position and once every 2 years.
SB 1343 expanded the number of California employers who are required to provide training and the scope of employees affected. Rather than “50 or more employees,” the bill instead requires 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 one hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees within six months of assumption of a position and once every 2 years thereafter. For seasonal and temporary employees, or any employee that is hired to work for less than six months, employers shall provide the required training within 30 calendar days after the date of hire, or within 100 hours worked, whichever occurs first.
There was an original deadline of January 1, 2020, to provide sexual-harassment-prevention training to all employees, however, in response to outcry from the business community, this past Friday the Governor signed into effect SB 778 extending the deadline. Affected employers must now provide the required sexual harassment prevention training to all employees by January 1, 2021.
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