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Updated Mandatory Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors and Employees in CA

Owning or managing a small business in California can be challenging. In efforts to keep you in-the-know of recent changes, here is a notice on the updated mandatory harassment prevention training for all businesses in California.

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, California legislature passed several new laws that impact many small businesses. A training requirement that was previously required for employers with 50+ employees (AB 1825), is now required of employers with a minimum of 5 employees (SB 1343) – the Anti-Harassment and Abusive Conduct Prevention training.

The new Harassment Prevention Training law affects employers in different states as well, primarily New York State, New York City, California, Delaware, Connecticut, and Maine.

Summary of Changes

Obligation for supervisors: 2 hours of classroom or interactive training are required every 2 years. For new supervisors, training needs to take place within 6 months of starting the position.

Obligation for non-supervisors: 1 hour of classroom or interactive training is required every 2 years. Must be delivered within 6 months of starting the position.

Content required in training session: definition of sexual harassment, state and federal statues concerning harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, types of conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, remedies available to victims, prevention strategies, supervisor’s duty to report, practical examples, and more.

This training must be completed by Jan. 1, 2020, and by this time next year, even seasonal and part-time employees will be required to complete.

Keeping record: Employers must maintain a record for at least 2 years to show that the training was provided. The training must also be made available in multiple languages.

In addition to this new training law, other training laws have been updated. For more information on the 2019 updated training laws, you can download our chart here.

Need training material for both supervisors and non-supervisors? Payroll Systems offers a low-cost solution for all your employee training needs. With access to a library of over 300 compliance and development courses covering Sexual Harassment, SB 1343 & AB 1825 Discrimination, OSHA Workplace Safety, Employment Development, and more, you’ll be able to knock out all required trainings in no time!

Contact us today by filling out the form below and we can assist you!

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This article provides general information and shouldn’t be construed as legal or HR advice. Since employment laws may change over time and can vary by location and industry, please consult a lawyer or HR expert for advice specific to your business. You can also contact Payroll Systems to inquire about our HR support services.