In September 2018, Governor Brown signed SB 1343, which expands mandatory sexual harassment prevention training to require California businesses with five or more employees (including temporary and seasonal employees) to provide sexual harassment training to all employees by January 1, 2020.  Importantly, employers must count independent contractors in determining if they have five or more employees, and even if the employees or contractors work at different locations or all work or reside outside of California, they must be counted.

New regulations published by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing require that employees be trained during the calendar year 2019, so employees who were trained in 2018 or before will need to be retrained before January 1, 2020.  Supervisors must receive at least 2 hours of sexual harassment prevention training, and non-supervisory employees must receive at least 1 hour of training.  Training of supervisors must occur within six months of the individual becoming a supervisor, and then once every two (2) years.

Please contact Fenton & Keller if you would like to schedule sexual harassment prevention training at your worksite.   Fenton & Keller will also be offering legally compliant sexual harassment prevention training for supervisory and non-supervisory employees in English on March 1, 2019 and in Spanish on February 27, 2019.  For more information visit, email, or call 831-373-1241.

Article written by Marco Lucido.