California Governor Extends Sexual Harassment Training Requirement Deadline

By: Tyler D. Kring

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 778 on August 30, 2019, amending Government Code Section 12950.1. The Governor's signature extends the deadline for California employers to comply with sexual harassment training requirements for non-supervisory employees from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.

As you may recall, fellow Associate Kerri N. Polizzi published an article titled "Getting a Jump Start on Compliance with California's Growing Sexual Harassment Training Mandate" explaining SB 1343's new requirements for employers with five (5) or more employee to provide at least two (2) hours of sexual harassment, abusive conduct, and gender harassment training to all supervisory employees, and one (1) hour of such training to all non-supervisory employees.

As a reminder, SB 778 does not alter the existing requirement that all employers with fifty (50) or more employees provide at least two (2) hours of such training to supervisory employees. Government Code §§ 12950 & 12950.1.

While employers now have in excess of a full year to comply with the increased training requirements, SB 778 clarifies that those employers who provide sexual harassment training beforehand are not required to provide training again until two (2) years thereafter.

While the Department of Fair Employment and Housing offers training modules that comply with the requirements, we strongly recommend trainings tailored to particular needs, concerns, and situations that may arise in your workplace.

Kring & Chung, LLP's employment attorneys bring this interactive compliance training to your workplace in a small group setting. These training programs meet statutory requirements and can be tailored to groups of non-supervisory employees, supervisory employees, or both. Our employment team can work with you to select a training schedule that best fits your organizations needs, taking into account busy seasons, rainy days, or other regularly scheduled trainings.

Tyler D. Kring is an Associate at Kring & Chung, LLP. He can be reached at (949) 261-7700 or via e-mail at tkring@kringandchung.com.

For more resources, visit the link below:

Compliance with Sexual Harassment Training

Senate Bill 778

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