SB 1343 requires that all employers of 5 or more employees provide 1 hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to non-managerial employees and 2 hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to managerial employees once every two years.
Existing law requires the trainings to include harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and to include practical examples of such harassment and to be provided by trainers or educators with knowledge and expertise in those areas. Under the DFEH’s regulations, the definition of “employee” includes full-time, part-time, and temporary employees.
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Effective January 1, 2019, SB1343 amended the FEHA regulations and requires all businesses in California with five or more employees to provide sexual-harassment prevention training to all workers by January 1, 2020 and every one or two years thereafter depending upon your position.
What is sexual harassment?
State regulations define sexual harassment as unwanted sexual advances, or visual, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This definition includes many forms of offensive behavior and includes gender-based harassment of a person of the same sex as the harasser. The following is a partial list of prohibited behavior:
- Visual conduct: leering, making sexual gestures, displaying of sexually suggestive objects or pictures, cartoons or posters.
- Verbal conduct: making or using derogatory comments, epithets, slurs and jokes. Verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words used to describe an individual.
- Physical conduct: touching, assault, impeding or blocking movements.
- Offering employment benefits in exchange for sexual favors.
- Making or threatening retaliatory action after receiving a negative response to sexual advances.
Stratton Agency has provided comprehensive training programs designed to satisfy all of an employer’s obligations for years. We continue to offer our comprehensive and interactive training. Listed below are brief summaries of the program’s two training modules.
PREVENTING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT – EMPLOYEE SESSION
This session trains employees in identifying and preventing sexual and other forms of workplace harassment. This one-hour training includes:
- Definitions of Sexual Harassment and Harassment
- Sexual Harassment Circumstances (Who, When, Where, How, Why)
- Protected Classes
- Preventing Sexual Harassment
- Company Policy, and More
PREVENTING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT – SUPERVISOR / MANAGEMENT SESSION
Under AB 1825, training requirements are separate and specific for supervisory and management staff. Stratton Supervisor Training Program provides a two-hour training sessions. Instruction includes:
- Case Law and Practical Guidance
- Relevant Federal & State Law
- Specifically Prohibited Behaviors
- How To Prevent And Correct Sexual Harassment
- Remedies Available To Victims Of Sexual Harassment, and More!