By David Leporiere
For many years, employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years. Last year, SB 1343 was signed into law that required all employers with 5 or more employees to provide the same training to supervisors and an additional one hour of training to employees. This training had to be completed by January 1, 2020, giving employers little time to meet the new mandate. However, on August 30 of this year, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law SB 778, which extends this training deadline from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.
Those businesses that were providing training long before SB 1343 was made law must continue to follow their two-year training cycles. As for employees newly hired or employees newly promoted to a supervisory position, they must be trained within six months of hire or promotion, regardless of whether you fell under the old or newly enacted law.
Read more about the deadlines here.