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California Sexual Harassment Training Update

Starting January 1, 2019, California will now require employers with five or more employees to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour of sexual harassment training to all nonsupervisory employees within six months of their assumption of a position.

An employer may provide this training in conjunction with other training provided to the employees. The training may be completed by employees individually or as part of a group presentation, and may be completed in shorter segments, as long as the applicable hourly total requirement is met.

Previously, California law had only mandated employers with 50 or more employees to provide supervisory personnel with sexual harassment training.

In addition, beginning in 2020, training will also be required for seasonal and temporary employees, as well as seasonal and migrant agricultural workers.

The first round of training must be completed by January 1, 2020 and all training must be repeated every two years. An employer who has provided this training and education to an employee after January 1, 2019, is not required to provide training and education by the January 1, 2020, deadline.