Compliance Update: California Expands Sexual Harassment Training Law

OVERVIEW

On Sept. 30, 2018, California enacted a series of laws that strengthen the state’s protections against workplace harassment. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, these new laws:

  • Require employers with five or more employees in the state to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees;
  • Expand and clarify employer liability
  • Prohibit employers from entering certain agreements related to sexual harassment and other unlawful acts in the workplace.
ACTION STEPS

All California employers should become familiar with the new laws. Those with five or more employees should review the new training requirements and monitor the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing’s (DFEH) website for training courses and additional guidance.

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