A new law for next year, SB 1343, requires that all employers of 5 or more employees provide 1 hour of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees by January 1, 2020.
DFEH has provided important information about the timing of the training requirement:
• The law requires managerial and non-managerial employees to be trained during the calendar year 2019 in order to meet the January 1, 2020 deadline.
• Employees who were trained in 2018 or before will need to be retrained.
• After January 1, 2020, employees must be retrained once every two years. That means that all employees statewide must receive their next training by January 1, 2022.
Existing law requires training to include practical examples of harassment and to be provided by trainers or educators with knowledge and expertise in those areas.
Also, in determining whether you have 5 or more employees under the new law keep in mind that:
• There is no requirement that the 5 employees or contractors work at the same location or that all work or reside in California.
• Under the DFEH’s regulations, the definition of “employee” includes full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.
Meet the Training Deadline
If you’re ready to schedule your harassment prevention training or need some guidance, give us a call. Check out our harassment prevention training options to see which training is right for your company. We’re here to help you make sure your workplace is safe and respectful for everyone.
Training shouldn’t just “check the box.” Instead, it must meet the needs of your particular workplace, as well as the type of employee being trained. Anyone who is trained needs to understand what harassment is, what the law requires, how to report it, and your company’s policy and reporting mechanisms. Supervisors need additional information on their prevention obligations, including handling complaints, investigations, and corrective actions.