IMPORTANT: California Extends Compliance Deadline for New Harassment Training Requirements

In response to outcry from the business community, Governor Newsome signed a law extending the deadline for all employers with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training to their employees by January 1, 2021. Previously, California lawmakers required the sexual harassment prevention training to be completed by January 1, 2020.

What this means for employers

  • This extension provides another year for employers to comply with the new law to train both their supervisory and non-supervisory employee

  • The new January 1, 2021 deadline removes the prior concern that supervisors trained in 2018 would need to be trained in 2019 to meet the former January 1, 2020 deadline

  • Employers who provide legally-sufficient training in 2019 whether doing it to comply with the 1/1/20 initial rule or because they simply wish to do it earlier than the new 1/1/21 deadline, will not be required to provide further refresher training and education until two years thereafter

  • Moving forward, employers must provide sexual harassment prevention training and education to each California employee once every two years

  • Employees trained in 2019 will remain on the two-year schedule and will not need to be retrained in 2020

More time for comprehensive and customized sexual harassment prevention training!

  • Employers will have a choice of using the Department of Fair Employment and Housing DFEH materials published late in 2019 or develop their own training modules for compliance

  • Employers can decide to use online or interactive training depending on the needs and culture of their company

  • Employers can determine the best way to prevent future lawsuits



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