California Sexual Harassment Training Webinar

February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine’s Day! While you’re celebrating love in all its forms today, it's interesting to note that (ironically) Valentine's Day originates from a shockingly violent ancient Roman fertility ritual called Lupercalia. This ritual was replaced by St. Valentine's Day in the 5th century and by Shakespeare's time had evolved into the celebration of romantic love as we know it today.

Lucky for us, we do not celebrate Lupercalia. And even better, the California legislature has intervened to prevent workplace harassment by outlining parameters of a compliant training program with the introduction of California SB 778. California law requires any employer in California with five or more employees to complete sexual harassment training before the end of 2020.

Under the bill, supervisors are required to obtain two hours of sexual harassment training within six months of hire or promotion, and non-supervisory employees are required to obtain one hour of training within six months of hire. Sexual harassment prevention training helps create compliant workplaces that are inclusive and welcoming for all employees. Today's celebration of Valentine's Day is a timely reminder to review behavior that is acceptable in the workplace and behavior that can expose employers to legal liability.

Employment law attorneys Raanon Gal and Billy DeClercq routinely advise clients on the topic of appropriate workplace conduct and will be facilitating an upcoming webinar on sexual harassment prevention. Register here for an invitation to the sexual harassment prevention training webinar that is now legally required. Mr. Gal and Mr. DeClercq will also offer key insights to guide California-based clients to ensure compliance with the state and federal laws.


Components of a Training Program

SB 778 dictates the following components of training:

  • Employers may conduct harassment training “in conjunction with other training.”
  • Employees may complete their training “individually or as part of a group presentation.”
  • Employees may complete their training programs “in shorter segments, as long as the applicable hourly total requirement is met.”
  • The training program must “include information and practical guidance regarding the federal and state statutory provisions concerning” sexual harassment. The training should also include prevention of “abusive conduct” (commonly described as “workplace bullying”).
  • A compliant training program must “include practical examples aimed at instructing supervisors in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.” Examples should also include “harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.”
  • The instructors or trainers may be employment law attorneys, but not necessarily. The presenters must have “knowledge and expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.”
  • The State of California will “provide a method for employees who have completed the training to save electronically and print a certificate of completion.”

Sign up today if you would like to participate in this mandatory sexual harassment training that will be offered by the experienced employment law attorneys of Taylor English. You can prevent ancient Roman fertility rites in your workplace, reduce exposure to legal claims, and make sure that everyone is safe and protected from harassment of any kind. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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