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April 2019

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training — It's the Law

As of January 1, 2019, virtually all California employers are required by law to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees.

Here are the basics: If your company or organization has five or more employees, no matter their physical location, you must provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors and one hour of this training to all employees who are not supervisors (so, you know, everyone else) before January 1, 2020.

There are many other requirements, too.

For starters, training is required once every two years and within six months of hire or promotion.

The training must include such topics as:

  • Harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation;
  • Preventing "abusive conduct;" and
  • Information and practical guidance about federal and state sexual harassment laws, including harassment prevention and correction, and remedies available to victims.

Training can be online or in person, but it must be interactive and include practical examples. It can be taken by employees individually or as a group, but it must be provided or taught by a "qualified trainer." Don’t worry, the law specifies who it considers a qualified trainer and, yes, CalChamber’s harassment prevention training meets all the legal requirements.

In addition to being a requirement, providing sexual harassment prevention training is considered a best practice. Not only will it increase awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behavior among your employees, but it also sends a strong message that improper behavior won’t be tolerated — and it enforces a culture of respect.