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New Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Delayed One Year

On Friday, August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 778, clarifying requirements for mandatory sexual harassment training.  The bill is an urgency statute, which means it shall go into immediate effect.  The law can be found here.

The key points of the clarifying statute are:

All employers with five or more employees required to provide sexual harassment training under AB 1343 have one more year to do so.  The training must now be complete by January 1, 2021, instead of January 1, 2020.  It no longer needs to be complete in 2019.  This applies for both the one-hour non-supervisory and the two-hour supervisory training (unless the employer was previously required to provide supervisory training under AB 1825).

Employers with 50 or more employees who were already providing two-hour supervisor sexual harassment training under the old AB 1825 requirement remain on the same schedule of training every two years.  Supervisors who had been trained in 2018 do not need to be retrained in 2019.

New supervisors (either direct hires or internal promotions from non-supervisor to supervisor) must be trained within six months of starting the position.

If you have any questions about your specific situation, contact Jennifer Douglas.

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