Deadline Changed on Time to Comply with California Anti-Harassment Training

On September 3, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 778 to extend the deadline for employers to complete their Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. The deadline has been extended by a full year, from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021. The new bill also allows covered employers who have provided anti-harassment training in 2019 to wait two full years before providing refresher training.

The purpose of the bill is to give employers sufficient time to provide these trainings in a manner that values their importance and provides a greater impact towards improving equality in the workplace. A recent professional association survey found that over 80% of Human Resources and Operations Managers are aware of the new training requirements, but had not booked the training for their employees nine months into 2019.

What Was the Previous Law?

S.B. 778 amends S.B. 1343 which was signed on September 30, 2018 by Governor Jerry Brown. S.B. 1343 requires that employers with 5 or more employees in California provide 1 hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct training to non-managerial employees, and 2 hours for managerial employees once every two years. Managerial employees must receive training within 6 months of hire or promotion. The original law required that the training be completed by January 1, 2020, and has now been extended to January 1, 2021.

Employers should also provide a written anti-harassment policy to distribute at the time of the training.

Here’s an Incentive to Book Your Training Now!

Despite the new timeline relief, The Grady Firm encourages you to plan ahead with your Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. Planning ahead now can relieve future stress and save you money!  The Grady Firm is offering $200 off our full-day, and $50 off our half-day, on-site Sexual Harassment Prevention Training program that is booked anytime now through the end of the year and completed in the 2020 calendar year.

The Grady Firm offers on-site, remote-site, and online training options that can fit any budget. Our training is interactive, compliant for both employees and supervisors, and available in multiple languages. Please contact us for a full quote.

About The Grady Firm

The Grady Firm, P.C. attorneys specialize in helping businesses grow and succeed through employment, business, and immigration law advising for clients. The Grady Firm attorneys provide the following employment law services:

  • On-site, classroom-style Sexual Harassment training for employees and supervisors;
  • “Experiential” supervisor training in which managerial employees practice processing a harassment complaint and commencing an investigation in pairs with other trainees. Draft and review Employee Handbooks, arbitration agreements, and Anti-Harassment policies;
  • Conduct employee personnel file audits;
  • Create accounts and assist with E-Verify monitoring;
  • Assist with the employee on-boarding, discipline, and termination process;
  • Advise as to medical leave policies and implementation; and
  • Defend employer when they are sued by current or former employees.

To learn more about ensuring your business is compliant with state and local laws, schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form.  The Grady Firm has offices in Beverly Hills, Irvine, and San Diego, California.

*Jennifer A. Grady, Esq. is licensed to practice employment law in California.

This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular matter, as each matter has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by a licensed attorney.


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