California Updates Fair Employment and Housing Act, Expands Training

By Kelsey Basten

Published on October 23, 2018

Update, Sept. 5, 2019: The training deadline has been extended.

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On Sept. 30, 2018, California Governor Edmund G. Brown signed an updated version of California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

The new version requires employers with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment training for both supervisory and non-supervisory employees. The law covers both regular and seasonal or temporary employees.

Furthermore, all supervisory employees must receive at least two hours of training within six months of the start of employment and once every two years after.  Non-supervisory employees must receive at least one hour of training.

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing will be creating 1-hour and 2-hour online training courses, along with informational posters and fact sheets, on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace as resources for employers and members of the public.

The previous version of the law required sexual harassment training for supervisory employees only for employers with 50 or more employees.

These new trainings must be complete by Jan. 1, 2020.

This Labor Law News Blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

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