California lawmakers have recently passed new legislation, SB 1343, to modify sexual harassment prevention and abusive conduct training for organizations.
Since 2005, all public employers and private employers (with 50 or more employees) had to provide supervisory employees within six months of assuming the role and at least every two years. This legislation was known as AB 1825.
In 2018, Governor Jerry Brown furthered the requirements mandated by AB 1825 signing SB 1343 into law which greatly expands the training requirements. All California employers with at least five employees must provide sexual harassment and prevention training to all supervisory employees and non-supervisory employees in California by January 1, 2020.
The expanded requirements has raised a number of questions for CA employers, one being if their voluntary program that worked in the past will work for the new requirements. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has developed online resources for those who need help.
What Every Institution Should Know
If your institution is located within California and accepting financial aid from the government, this legislation requires you to comply with the following:
- Two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees within their assumption of a supervisory role.
- One hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all non-supervisory employees within their assumption of a non-supervisory role.
- Employers are required to provide sexual harassment prevention training to temporary or seasonal employees within 30 calendar days after the hire date or within 100 hours worked if the employee has worked less than six months.
- The sexual harassment prevention training may be conducted with in groups, or broken up into shorter segments, as long as the requirements are met for both designees: supervisory and non-supervisory.
- Employers who provide training after January 1, 2019 are not required to comply with the January 1, 2020 deadline.
Above is a high-level overview of California SB 1343 legislation, and to ensure compliance with this new legislation, please review the full legislation. And, the requirements of the selected training source can be found here.
How SafeColleges Training Can Help
California is a leader in protecting employees against sexual discrimination and harassment, so it’s critical that employees understand the law regarding sexual harassment and know their role and obligations. The SafeColleges Training System includes courses that address both roles (supervisory and non-supervisory) outlined in SB 1343 and help institutions comply:
Sexual Harassment: Policy and Prevention (2 Hour Requirement)
The course is designed to provide California employees with a basic understanding of sexual harassment in the workplace, handling sexual harassment complaints, remedies for sexual harassment victims, and sexual harassment policy considerations.
Sexual Harassment Prevention for Non-Managers (1 Hour Requirement)
This course is designed to provide California employees with a basic understanding of sexual harassment and strategies to maintain a harassment-free environment. Course topics include definitions of sexual harassment, what employers must provide in their anti-harassment policies, sexual harassment in the workplace and actions victims can take.
Comply with CA SB 1343
SafeColleges Training has two newly developed courses to address stipulations of California SB 1343 and provide supervisory and non-supervisory employees with sexual harassment prevention training!