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SB 778: Delays Implementation of SB 1343 Training Requirements to January 1, 2021

September 09, 2019

On August 30, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law SB 778 (Chapter 215, Statutes of 2019), delaying the implementation of recently enacted sexual harassment prevention training requirements (SB 1343) until January 1, 2021. The bill went into effect immediately, as urgency legislation.

Background

Since the passage of AB 1825 in 2004, California has required employers with fifty or more employees in California to provide two hours of interactive sexual harassment prevention training to supervisors every two years. That requirement was broadened with the implementation of AB 2053 in 2015, which required the training to include a component on abusive conduct. In 2018 under SB 396, training was also required to include information on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. In 2019, California passed SB 1343, which expanded the training requirement to businesses with five or more employees, and to non-supervisory workers. Under SB 1343, employers were to have completed the initial one-hour training of non-supervisory employees before January 1, 2020.

Current Legislation: SB 778

SB 778 extends the deadline for complying with the SB 1343 anti-harassment training requirements from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. It also allows employers who have provided anti-harassment training comparable to the new requirements in 2019 to wait two full years before providing refresher training to those trained employees.

Therefore, employers that have not yet provided anti-harassment training to non-supervisory employees have until January 1, 2021, to complete that training. Employers that provide the training to non-supervisory employees in 2019 do not have to provide the next annual training to those employees until 2021.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Resource

In an effort to assist our clients with compliance for this new SB 778 training requirement, Keenan SafeSchools, Keenan SafeColleges and Keenan SafePersonnel released our newest course, “Sexual Harassment Prevention for Non-Managers (SB 1343)”. This course is available through our online portal P&C Bridge.

California is a leader in protecting employees against sexual discrimination and harassment; it is critical that California employees understand the law regarding sexual harassment and know their role and obligations. This course is designed to provide non-management 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. This course is designed for non-management employees in California. This course is required to be one-hour in length. A Spanish version will be available soon.

Please contact your Keenan Account Manager for additional information.


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