Employers here in California are subject to many different rules and requirements when it comes to the issue of sexual harassment. Some of these come from federal law, while others come from the state. Here in California, one state-level requirement that is present is the sexual harassment prevention training requirement.
Now, this rule does not require all employers in the state to provide sexual harassment training. Rather, the requirement only applies to employers with 50 or more employees or independent contractors working for them.
And, employers that the rule does apply to aren’t required to give sexual harassment training to all of their workers. Rather, supervisors are the only workers that training is mandatory for for such employers.
Now, not just any sort of sexual harassment training to supervisors will satisfy the requirement. There are various rules regarding who is qualified to give such training and what such training has to contain. There are also rules on how much training has to be given to a supervisor. Two hours of training is required every two years. Additionally, a supervisor has to be given their first training within 6 months of becoming a supervisor.
As this illustrates, there can be complex issues when it comes to when a given sexual harassment-related rule applies to a business and what specifically a business has to do to comply with such rules. Missteps when it comes to compliance efforts regarding such rules could get a business in trouble with regulators and also could lead to it facing litigation from its workers. So, when coming up with its policies and practices regarding preventing sexual harassment or when accused of not properly complying with rules related to sexual harassment, a company may want to seek out advice from an experienced business attorney.
Source: California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, “Sexual harassment FAQs,” Accessed Jan. 30, 2017