• Harassment Training Deadline Extended, Clarified

    As you may remember, on January 1, 2019, a new California law went into effect that made substantial changes to mandatory sexual harassment prevention training. Under SB 1343, all employers with five or more employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees — supervisors must receive two hours of training and non-supervisory employees must receive one hour. Training must take place within six months of hire or promotion and every two years thereafter.

    Shortly after SB 1343’s passage, many questions arose about how to coordinate the newly imposed training requirements with training provided earlier. As previously reported, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) took the position that in order to comply with the January 1, 2020, deadline, employers who trained their employees in 2018 would need to train them again in 2019, resulting in those employees being trained twice within a two-year period.

    Listening to employers’ concerns about this law’s unintended consequence, on August 30, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 778 — emergency “clean-up” legislation that took effect immediately, extending the sexual harassment prevention training deadline under SB 1343 from January 1, 2020, to January 1, 2021.

    Employers who trained their employees in 2018 can now maintain their two-year cycle and provide subsequent training in 2020 while still complying with the deadline. SB 778 also clarifies that employers who train their employees in 2019 aren’t required to provide refresher training until two years from the time the employee was trained.

    However, SB 778 doesn’t impact the portion of the law addressing seasonal and temporary workers. Beginning January 1, 2020, seasonal and temporary employees, who are hired to work for less than six months, must be trained within 30 calendar days after their hire date or within 100 hours worked, whichever occurs first.

    Employer Training Deadlines
    Under the new law, all employees — supervisory and non-supervisory — must be trained by January 1, 2021.

    Here’s a quick breakdown for employers who’ve trained employees this year or in previous years.

    Article courtesy of CalChamber’s HR Watchdog: https://hrwatchdog.calchamber.com/2019/09/harassment-training-deadline-extended-clarified/

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber offers online training options for the harassment prevention training. The training is available for any employee or supervisor, and Chamber Members can receive  a 20% discount. Learn more by visiting http://santamaria.com/chamber-affinity-programs.