• Justin Hein

Free Online Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct in the Workplace Finally Offered

Required by statute, the free, online training only covers employees, with supervisor-training still pending.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) finally announced that it launched its free anti-sexual harassment training for non-supervisory employees. The online training meets an employer’s obligation to provide training to non-supervisory employees by January 1, 2021.

The full DFEH announcement can be found here.

Senate Bill 1343, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2018, requires employers with five or more employees to provide at least one-hour of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment prevention to all non-supervisory employees in California, and 2-hours to supervisory employees. When passed, the deadline to meet this training obligation was January 1, 2020, and assumed that DFEH would have an online component available by June 2019. They assumed incorrectly.

The deadline was extended to January 1, 2021, in part based upon DFEH's failure to provide the required, free, online training.

This new training is interactive and optimized for mobile devices. It is accessible for persons with disabilities. The training is currently available in English and will be available in five additional languages in the coming months (Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean).

But What About Supervisors?

The DFEH said that it is planning to launch a similar online training for supervisors in California in the coming months to help employers meet their obligation under Government Code section 12950.1 to provide supervisors with two hours of training by January 1, 2021.

In the interim, there are other online resources from private companies to complete the training. Or, competent professionals--including employment attorneys--can provide the training in person or virtually through web conferencing.

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