SB 1343 requires businesses with at least five employees to provide sexual harassment training to supervisors and non-supervisory employees. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

SB 1343 requires businesses with at least five employees to provide sexual harassment training to supervisors and non-supervisory employees. Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash.

Since 2005, California businesses with 50 or more employees have been required to provide biannual sexual harassment training to all supervisors.

Senate Bill 1343, signed by Governor Jerry Brown, drops that number to businesses with at least five employees, and adds non-supervisory employees to the training mandate.

The law outlines that supervisors must receive at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training and all non-supervisory employees should receive at least one hour of the training by January 1, 2020. It also specifies that the training must be provided every two years.

Additionally, the new law requires California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) to develop the one-hour and two-hour anti-sexual harassment training courses and make it available on its website. Businesses are allowed the option to develop their own courses, as long as it complies with the new law.

For more details on SB 1343, go to https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1343

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