California SB 1343 Expands Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

Author, Alyssa Burley, Client Services Coordinator, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc,

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On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown, approved Senate Bill 1343 (SB 1343), which expands rules for required sexual harassment prevention training for businesses.

Currently, employers with 50 or more employees must provide supervisors with sexual harassment prevention training every two years. By January 1, 2020, employers with 5 more employees must provide at least 2 hours of sexual harassment prevention training and at least 1 hour of training to non-supervisory employees every 2 years.

The bill requires “the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) to develop or obtain 1-hour and 2-hour online training courses on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace, as specified, and to post the courses on the department’s Internet Web site. The bill would also require the department to make existing informational posters and fact sheets, as well as the online training courses regarding sexual harassment prevention, available to employers and to members of the public in specified alternate languages on the department’s Internet Web site.” However, the DFEH currently does not have the required training materials available, as of yet.

Rancho Mesa offers a 2-hour sexual harassment prevention workshop for supervisors. The training typically takes place in February. Space is limited; so, we recommend signing up early when the training becomes available.

Another option is the Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct online course through the Risk Management Center. This training is currently designed for supervisors, is offered in English and Spanish, and takes about 2.5 hours to complete.

Until the DFEH releases its supervisor and employee sexual harassment prevention trainings, Rancho Mesa recommends devising a training schedule/plan for your supervisors and employees in order to meet the January 1, 2020 deadline.