New Year, New Deadline: New Harassment Prevention Training Requirements in 2019

Posted by: Gail Cecchettini Whaley, Esq. on Thursday, December 27, 2018

A new law for next year, SB 1343, requires that all employers of 5 or more employees 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 by January 1, 2020.

DFEH has provided important information about the timing of the training requirement:

  1. Managerial and non-managerial employees must be trained during the calendar year 2019 to meet the January 1, 2020 deadline.
  2. Employees who were trained in 2018 or before will need to be retrained.
  3. 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.

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.

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.

Training must meet the needs of your particular workplace, as well as the type of employee being trained. Our qualified trainers have years of experience and tons of great stories to share with your employees.

Meet the Training Deadline

Make sure your workplace is safe and respectful for everyone. When you’re ready to schedule your harassment prevention training, or if you need guidance, give us a call. We have a variety of harassment prevention training options.


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