Calif. Government Code §§12950, 12950.1
Amended by S.B. 1343
Effective date: January 1, 2019
By January 1, 2020, employers with 5 or more employees need to provide at least 2 hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees and at least 1 hour of training to all nonsupervisory employees.
This law affects real estate brokers and agents, despite their independent contractor status.
The training may be completed:
- with other training;
- in a group or individually; and
- in shorter segments, if the segments meet the time requirement.
The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) will develop and post their training courses on their website, but employers may also develop their own training.
In the meantime, employers looking to get an early start on this requirement can use the DFEH’s Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct Prevention Toolkit in conjunction with an eligible trainer. [2 Calif. Code of Regulations §11024(a)(9)(A)]
Beginning January 1, 2020, employers also need to provide this training to:
- seasonal employees;
- temporary employees; and
- employees hired to work for fewer than 6 months;
within 30 days of their hire date or within their first 100 hours worked, whichever is first.
In the case of a temporary employee employed by a temp agency to work for a client, it is the temp agency’s responsibility to provide this training.
An employer who provides this training to an employee after January 1, 2019 is not required to provide it again before the January 1, 2020 deadline.
Information equivalent to the DFEH’s information sheet on sexual harassment, which an employer may provide to employees in lieu of the DFEH’s information sheet, needs to include a web link to the sexual harassment online training courses on the DFEH’s site.