New California Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

California Expands Sexual Harassment Training

It used to be the law in California that if you were an employer with 50 or more employees, you had to train your managers and supervisory staff with two hours of sexual harassment training, and repeat it every two years. However, as of January 1st, 2019, that requirement was changed and greatly expanded.

At the moment, if you’re an employer in the state of California and have more than five employees, you must train your supervisory and management personnel two hours on sexual harassment, and that needs to be repeated every two years. You also have to train every single non-supervisory employee with one hour of sexual harassment training, and that training has to also be repeated every two years.

This means every retail franchise and small business in the state of California must provide training that includes harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation to its employees.

The training had to be completed by the end of December 2019. The training is available on the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s website. These amendments are significant because what happens in California has a habit of migrating east. Make plans to get this training as soon as possible.

Sexual harassment violates both state and federal laws. Fortunately, California law provides victims of sexual harassment with legal remedies. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, contact Mark Shayani of Pacific Attorney Group as soon as possible to discuss and explore your legal options.

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