Required Anti-Harassment Training to be Completed by January 1, 2020
If you have not yet started on your efforts to provide anti-harassment training to your California employees, you need to get working on it now. A law passed last year requires that most employers in the state provide anti-harassment training to their staff every two years. By Jan. 1, 2020 employers with five or more employees must provide:
- At least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees, and
- At least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all nonsupervisory staff.
To be compliant by Jan. 1, 2020, as per the law, these trainings need to take place in 2019. They must then be provided every two years thereafter.
Scope of training
All employees – Under SB 1343, California employees must undergo anti-harassment training this year and every two years thereafter. Supervisory employees – Supervisors and managers must receive at least two
hours of anti-harassment training within six months of becoming a supervisor, and at least every two years thereafter.
New employees – New employees must receive at least one hour of training within six months of being hired.
Seasonal and temporary workers – Employees hired to work for less than six months are required to receive training within 30 calendar days of being hired, or within 100 hours worked, whichever comes first. Temp workers provided by an outside employment agency must receive anti-harassment training by the temp agency.
What training must cover
You should use the following, which is in the California Code of Regulations, as a guide for training:
- Definition of unlawful sexual harassment under the law.
- The types of conduct that constitute sexual harassment.
- Remedies available for sexual harassment victims in civil actions; potential employer/individual exposure/liability.
We can help with your training
To help you comply with the state mandated training, all George Petersen Insurance clients have free access to anti-harassment training videos in English and Spanish using our GPTrack risk management system. This training will satisfy the requirements of California law and keep you in compliance. GPTrack has both required trainings:
- The one-hour training for employers with five or more employees, and
- The two-hour training for managers/ supervisors
- Strategies to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace
- Supervisors’ obligation to report sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation of which they become aware
- Examples that illustrate harassment and discrimination
- Confidentiality of the complaint process
- How to report harassment to management
- The employer’s obligation to conduct an effective workplace investigation of a harassment complaint, and to take remedial action
- Training on what to do if the supervisor is accused of harassment
- The essential elements of an anti-harassment policy, and how to utilize it if a harassment complaint is filed
Training is available in English & Spanish. If you already have been set up with a GPTrack account, then you can follow these instructions to assign the training to employees. If you need to be set up with a GPTrack account, please contact Brianna Hernandez at email@example.com.
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