NEW California Law Requires Sexual Harassment Training for ALL Employees

Governor Brown recently signed SB 1343, which requires California employers with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training to ALL employees (both supervisory and non-supervisory) by January 1, 2020. Current law only requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide Supervisors with two hours of training within six months of hire, and every two years thereafter.

   Current Law    New Law – SB 1343
   Employers with 50+ Employees    Employers with 5+ Employees
   2 hr training required for Supervisors    2 hr training required for Supervisors, and

1 hr training required for Non-Supervisors

 Key Points

• PT & temp employees, plus independent contractors count toward the minimum count of five employees
• Training can be conducted individually or in a group, and must be completed by January 1, 2020
• Training must occur within six months of the employee starting their position (and every two years thereafter)
• The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) will make available online training courses

Temporary & Seasonal Employees

Starting January 1, 2020, for seasonal and temporary employees or any employee that is hired to work for less than six months, an employer must provide training within 30 calendar days after their hire date or within 100 hours worked, whichever occurs first.

In the case of a temporary employee employed by a temporary services employer (as defined by the Labor Code), to perform services for clients, the training must be provided by the temporary services employer, not the client.