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California - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

On May 21, 2020, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) released its online training courses for the prevention of sexual harassment and abusive conduct in the workplace. Under California law, all employers with five or more employees must provide the following training to employees every two years:

  • One hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to nonsupervisory employees; and
  • Two hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to supervisors and managers.

This training must include practical examples of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. Additionally, employers must provide employees with a sexual harassment poster or fact sheet and maintain records of all employees’ training for at least two years.

All employees must receive training by January 1, 20211. Employers of 50 or more employees have an existing and ongoing obligation to train new supervisory employees within six months of assuming their supervisory position. Beginning January 1, 2021, new supervisory employees in workplaces of five or more employees must be trained within six months of assuming their supervisory position, and new nonsupervisory employees must be trained within six months of hire. Employees must be retrained once every two years.

Read more about the online training courses and FAQs