Much needed clarity to CA’s new sexual harassment training law is near

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 20, 2019 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Legislature has approved SB 778, a measure to provide clarity to provisions of the new sexual harassment training requirements imposed by last year’s expansion bill – SB 1343 (Chapter 956, Statutes of 2018). The bill is now headed to Governor Newsom for consideration and if signed, it will take effect immediately.

SB 1343 amended Section 12950.1 of the Government Code to require more employers (those with five or more employees) to train all their employees (both supervisors and non-supervisors). However, inconsistent interpretations as to when employer had to begin training employees under the new law led to confusion within the manufacturing community. SB 778 remedies this challenge by clarifying the intent behind the operative language with the following provisions:

  • Extends the deadline for covered employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training and education by one year to January 1, 2021 to promote greater compliance.
  • Permits covered employers who have provided sexual harassment prevention training and education to an employee in 2019 to provide refresher training to that employee two years thereafter.
  • Requires covered employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training and education to new nonsupervisory employees within six months of hire and to new supervisory employees within six months of the assumption of a supervisory position.

SB 778 was introduced by the Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment & Retirement and received bi-partisan support and no opposition in the Legislature.

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