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Supervisor Sexual Harassment Training Now Required

A new bill now requires California employers to provide supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment training every two years. An "employer" under the law is one that employs 50 or more persons, including temporary service employees and independent contractors. The 50 employees do not have to be within California; an employer with 50 total employees may be covered by the law, even if just a few workers are in California.

Supervisors employed as of July 1, 2005, must complete the initial two hours of training by January 1, 2006. Supervisors hired or promoted after July 1, 2005, must receive training within six months of hire or promotion, and every two years thereafter. A “supervisor” is any employee who has authority to hire, fire, or assess an employee’s job performance.

In order to assist you with meeting this requirement, we have added a quarterly Supervisor Sexual Harassment Training class to our training calendar. One exception to conducting training this year is if you have provided this training in the prior two years (2003 or 2004); then you only need to train any Supervisors hired since. All newly hired and managers should be enrolled in training within 6 months of hire, so we suggest you schedule your new supervisors during the Orientation process to ensure training occurs within the required time limits.

Even if you are not a “covered employer” under the new law, we strongly recommend you provide this training to your employees, and especially to your supervisors. Sexual Harassment claims have the highest payout of any employment related claim, so it’s a wise investment for the protection of your business.

What Should You Do?

  • Ensure all your Supervisors attend approved training
  • Review all company policies to ensure compliance with this new law
  • Schedule your new supervisors during the orientation process to ensure training occurs within the required time limits

If you have any questions about this topic, or any other HR related topic, please feel free to call upon us.

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