By Rebecca L. Gombos, Esq.

With the prevalent focus on sexual harassment in this country, there are new sexual harassment training requirements for California employers.

Under Senate Bill 1343, by January 1, 2020, and every two years thereafter, California employers with 5 or more employees must provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees.

Also, beginning January 1, 2020, seasonal employees, temporary employees, or any employee that is hired to work for less than six months must be provided training within 30 calendar days of their hire date or within 100 hours worked, whichever occurs first. For a temporary employee employed by a temporary staffing firm to perform services for clients, the training must be provided by the temporary services firm, not the client.

Employers with 50 or more employees should continue to comply with the current requirement to provide supervisory training and ensure that they provide the one-hour training to all nonsupervisory employees by January 1, 2020 and every two years thereafter.

Finally, employers may provide sexual harassment training in conjunction with other training provided to employees. The training may be completed by employees individually or as part of a group presentation, and may be completed in shorter segments, as long as the applicable hourly total requirement is met.

Author: Rebecca L. Gombos, Esq