Following up on our July 11th blog titled Help May Be On the Way, Senate Bill 778 has been signed and put into immediate effect by Governor Newsom to provide California employers with some much needed breathing room to meet the mandatory training requirements established on January 1, 2019, by Senate Bill 1343.
What you need to know about Senate Bill 778:
- This new legislation pushes back the deadline for training nonsupervisory employees from January 1, 2020, to January 1, 2021 in order to give employers more time to comply with the mandated requirements. After January 1, 2021, all nonsupervisory employees must receive a minimum of one hour of harassment prevention training within six months of hire and every two years thereafter.
- This bill provides a much needed clarification that supervisory employees who received two hours of training in 2018 or 2019 continue to remain compliant as long as they receive the required training once every two years (e.g. If your supervisors were trained in 2018, they would not need additional training prior to 2020.) Supervisory employees must receive the two-hour training within six months of hire or promotion into a supervisory role, regardless of the year in which they are hired.
Although this new bill provides employers relief in the form of postponed deadlines, all California employers with five or more employees are still required to provide harassment prevention training to all employees and the law specifies detailed requirements on the content, duration, frequency, training methods, and trainer qualifications.
We provide several training options that are customized to your organization and designed to be an engaging (and dare we say – fun) solution that exceeds California’s specific training requirements. Give us a call, we can help.