Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on August 22, 2019 and has been updated for accuracy on September 12, 2019.
Author, Alyssa Burely, Media Communications and Client Services Manager, Rancho Mesa Insurance Services, Inc.
Many industries like construction utilize a semi-transient workforce that can shift from company to company as labor needs change throughout the project’s life cycle. Employees may work a few months for one employer, then move on to another employer when the project is completed. This scenario poses a dilemma for California employers looking to comply with Senate Bill 1343 (SB 1343). Providing training to an ever-changing workforce can be a challenge.
“The current employer must provide the Anti-Harassment training to new employees within six months of hire, regardless if the employee was trained and has a certificate of completion provided by a previous employer or labor union.”
SB 1343 requires California employers with five or more employees to provide Anti-Harassment training to all supervisors and employees. The passing of Senate Bill 778, on August 30, 2019, extends the deadline for this training to January 1, 2021. The training must be completed every two years. For example, if an employee was trained in 2019, their next training due date will be in 2021. New employees must be trained within six months of hire. This means the current employer must provide the Anti-Harassment training to new employees within six months of hire, regardless if the employee was trained and has a certificate of completion provided by a previous employer or labor union. Every time a worker begins employment at a new company, they should expect to receive Anti-Harassment training within the first six months. However, temporary or seasonal workers who are hired for less than six months must be trained within 30 days of hire. This requirement ensures the current employer is able to maintain accurate training records.
Recordkeeping for Anti-Harassment training is important when there is an allegation of harassment or if an employee reports the employer for non-compliance. The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) “accepts complaints from employees that their employers have not complied with the law…If DFEH finds that the law has been violated, it will work with employers to obtain compliance with the law,” according to the DFEH’s “Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct Prevention Training Information for Employers” document.
Rancho Mesa offers free online Anti-Harassment training for supervisors and employees to all of its clients. The training can be accessed from a computer, tablet or smartphone. The online platform provide automated recordkeeping and rescheduling to ensure as soon as an employee completes the training, they are automatically scheduled to complete it in two years. It also allows administrators to archive employee training records when an employee leaves the company and reactivate the records when/if they are rehired. To learn more about the trainings, visit our website or contact the client services department at (619) 438-6869.
SB 1343 requires employers take responsibility for providing Anti-Harassment training to all of their employees and supervisors. Take advantage of Rancho Mesa’s Anti-Harassment training and ensure your company stays compliant.