California Bill 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 training 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. The bill also requires the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing to produce and post both training courses to its website, which employers may utilize instead of hiring a trainer.
An employer is required to train its California-based employees so long as it employs five or more employees anywhere, even if they do not work at the same location and even if not all of them work or reside in California.
The Office of the Bishop strongly encourages all congregations to use the free resources and training the DFEH has made available, linked below, and to maintain a file of certificates of completion for employees who have completed it. Congregations may send copies of certificates of completion to the Office of the Bishop for their congregational files; however, this is not a requirement.
Employees must receive training by January 1, 2021. 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 non-supervisory employees must be trained within six months of hire.
- Employers must retain a record of all employees’ training for a minimum of two years.
- Employers must provide sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to employees every two years.
Employers must provide employees with a poster or fact sheet developed by the Department regarding Sexual Harassment, or equivalent information.
Training and Informational Links
At the end of the training, employees will have the option to utilize a certificate of completion. Using computer/mobile device functions, you can choose to save, print, take a screenshot, or take a photo of the certificate. Please consult your employer for direction on if/how they prefer to receive the certificate. DFEH cannot email you a replacement certificate.