California Mandated Sexual Harassment Training
by the Law Office of Stephen Fiegel
Effective January, 2019, all employers of 5 or more employees must provide 1 hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees once every two years. Both managerial and non-managerial employees must have received training by January 1, 2020. After January 1, 2020, employees must be retrained once every two years. That means that all employees statewide must have been retrained by January 1, 2022.
The training and education required by California law shall include information and practical guidance regarding the federal and state statutory provisions concerning the prohibition against and the prevention and correction of sexual harassment and the remedies available to victims of sexual harassment in employment. Existing law also requires the trainings to include practical examples aimed at instructing supervisors in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and to be provided by trainers or educators with knowledge and expertise in those areas.
There is no requirement that the 5 employees or contractors work at the same location or that all work or reside in California. Under California law, the definition of “employee” includes full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing provides free online training courses on preventing sexual harassment and abusive conduct in the workplace that satisfy California’s legal training requirements. I also provide the requisite training, and I will come to your workplace to provide the training during the workday.
If you have any further questions about sexual harassment or need additional information, please visit my website at www.employment-law.net for more information or contact me for a FREE confidential consultation at (916) 333-4653 or Stephen_Fiegel_Esq@comcast.net.