Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
By January 1, 2020, employers with at least five employees must provide: (1) at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees; and (2) at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all non-supervisory employees in California. New employees must be trained within six months of assuming their position, and once every two years thereafter. The Whittier Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with local employer Compliance Training Group (Division of Employers Choice Online, Inc.), to offer mandated sexual harassment prevention training to all Whittier area employers. The training will be offered three different times throughout 2019.
This on-site training will be conducted by an experienced sexual harassment instructor and investigator who will provide an overview of the prohibitions against harassment, discrimination, and retaliation under state and federal law. The training will include:
- Examples of what constitutes unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace
- Remedies and solutions available to employees
- Real-life hypothetical and practical information
- Interactive question-and-answer session
All training sessions will follow the same time schedule with supervisor training from 8:00-10:00 a.m., background screening best practices from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. and employee training from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. All attendees will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training session. While other options are available for this required training, this live and interactive training by experts offers the best way to educate your employees.
Other specifics outlined in SB 1343 include:
- Employers must also provide sexual harassment prevention training to temporary or seasonal employees within 30 calendar days after their hire date or within 100 hours worked if the employee has been hired to work for less than six months. In the case of a temporary employee employed by a temporary services employer such as a staffing agency or temp agency, the training must be provided by the temporary services employer, not the worksite employer.
- Training may be conducted with other employees as a group, or individually, and may also be broken up into shorter time segments as needed, as long as the complete two-hour requirement for supervisory employees and one-hour requirement for non-supervisory employees is met.
- Employers should plan to conduct all training to all current employees between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 to be compliant with the January 1, 2020 deadline. Any employees hired after the deadline will need to participate in the training within six months of their hiring, or within 30 days/100 hours for temporary/seasonal.