Does your company have more than 5 employees? Then you need to make sure that you’re up to date on the recently enacted California sexual harassment training law. Since 2005, California law has required employers with 50 or more employees to provide sexual harassment training for all supervisors and managers. However, Senate Bill 1343, which was signed into law in late 2018, now requires employers with at least 5 employees to provide sexual harassment training every two years to all employees employed in California. That same law also has specific regulations for the content and the length of the training.
Hundreds of employers rely on Clear Law Institute to provide online sexual harassment training to their employees, meeting the extensive requirements specified in the law. Below, we outline the various requirements associated with the law including some significant measures you can take to ensure compliance.
Sexual Harassment Training in California
Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Harassment Training In California
What is the deadline by which we need to provide sexual harassment training to all employees in California?
When SB 1343 first came into effect, California set a deadline for all employees to be trained by January 1, 2020. However, in August of 2019, California extended the initial deadline to train all employees by one year. This means that all employers must train their employees by January 1, 2021. Employers must also retrain their employees every two years thereafter. Clear Law provides new courses each year so that your employees aren’t forced to take the same training year after year.
How soon after I hire new employees or supervisors must they be trained?
Both new employees and new supervisors must go through mandatory sexual harassment training for the state of California within six months of hire or promotion.
What about temporary or seasonal employees? Do they have the same requirements?
Temporary or seasonal employees, defined as any employees who work less than six months for your business, are also included in the law requiring sexual harassment training in California. Employers are required to provide training to these short term employees within 100 hours of working or 30 calendar days after their hire date, whichever comes first.
What does the content of the training require?
SB 1343 has incorporated training content requirements of previous California laws, including the sexual harassment training law AB 1825, the anti-bullying training law AB 2053, and the gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation harassment training law SB 396.
SB 1343 also added additional requirements to the training including federal and state statutory provisions concerning the prohibition against and prevention of sexual harassment. It also requires employers to inform their employees about remedies available to victims of sexual harassment in the workplace and to provide practical examples of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.
Another law, SB 1300, encourages employers to include bystander intervention as part of the training. This training provides practical guidance on how to enable bystanders to recognize and take action when they observe problematic behaviors. Clear Law Institute’s online training covers not just sexual harassment, but all forms of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, bystander intervention, bullying, and workplace civility.
How Our Training Works
With Clear Law Institute, you’re going beyond traditional training that merely checks the boxes. Instead, you’re getting a story-based approach that includes thoughtful instructional design focusing on the nuances of “gray areas” and learning games that engage your employees. Our training is available in both English and Spanish to ensure that we accommodate your workforce.
Our training is updated each year to ensure that your employees aren’t forced to sit through the same training year after year. Moreover, our sexual harassment training meets the requirements of all federal and state laws including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New York State, and New York. City. Should the law change, we provide free legal updates so your company remains in compliance.
Our training stands out because users can ask questions and get answers about the training content within one business day. This requirement is under California law. In addition, answer these user questions, “as the law requires that the questions be answered by those with expertise in harassment, discrimination and retaliation law”. We also make it simple to roll out the training at your place of business, and we provide end-user tech support for your employees at no additional cost.
Clear Law’s online sexual harassment and workplace harassment training engages each person taking the course through interactive games and story-based learning. We know that the best training is through real-life examples and stories – not boring PowerPoint presentations. We have dozens of nuanced scenarios that are based on actual court cases.
Our training follows a “no preaching” pedagogy and specifically focuses on the gray area situations that we all may face in real life. For example, employees will see how a decision to report or not report harassing behavior can impact the lives of others. Our “no-fail” assessment ensures that every single employee masters the course content without the option of failing. Each cell in the assessment represents a major principle taught in the course. If the user misses any question, they will be provided with feedback and then asked another question on the same topic. The course cannot be completed until the user correctly answers a question from each cell.
The California sexual harassment training law is very complex and there are many other nuances not covered in this article. That is why you need a trusted partner like Clear Law Institute to help you provide compliant workplace harassment training. As a leading provider of online workplace harassment training to more than 800 employers—including Petco, SiriusXM, Amtrak, and the NBA, Clear Law Institute is the safe choice. To view a demo of our online training and discuss your compliance requirements, please fill out this demo form now.