92% of California’s workforce—roughly 15.5 million workers—are required to receive sexual harassment training on a biannual basis. For HR and compliance professionals it can be difficult to navigate the state’s new mandates.
What were the former AB 1825 Training Requirements?
The state of California harassment law AB 1825, mandated statewide sexual harassment training for any employee who performed supervisory functions within a company of 50 employees or more.
What are the current SB 1343 Training Requirements?
The state of California harassment law SB 1343, requires employers with five or more employees to provide nonsupervisory employees with at least one hour of sexual harassment training every two years, in addition to requiring these employers to provide two hours of the supervisory training every two years.
What should sexual harassment training in California cover?
The training law requires, among other things, that you provide learners with the information and practical guidance about the federal and state laws concerning the prohibition, prevention, and correction of sexual harassment. This includes harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, the remedies available to people who experience sexual harassment, and training on the prevention of abusive conduct. The training must also include practical examples aimed at instructing supervisors in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.
Who does this apply to?
Both supervisors and non-management staff members are required to be trained. New employees or employees changing roles, will generally need to be trained within six months of their start dates, or dates of promotion to supervisor.
What does this mean for you?
Considering the expansive nature of the mandate, your business will likely need to take a number of measures to satisfy California’s harassment training requirements. As a first step, you will need to schedule and deliver sexual harassment training to your existing workforce prior and make a plan for all new hires.
Want to learn more about the mandates across North America?
The EVERFI team of dedicated in-house attorneys wants you to have a clear understanding of which states and provinces require harassment training. Explore our interactive guide to sexual harassment prevention training requirements.