Sexual harassment in workplaces is a practice that is shunned by most, if not all people. Sexual harassment practices make a workplace not conducive for working. That is why in 2018, the California governor Jerry Brown signed a new legislation into law concerning requirements for sexual harassment training in California.
The bill, SB 1343, aims at ending workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. The impact of the SB 1343 legislation will reach 92% of the state workforce. This percentage adds up to around 15.5 million workers. The SB 1343 requires that organizations and employers with five or more employees found in California need to provide the following:
· One hour of mandatory sexual harassment and discrimination training for all non-supervisory employees within six months of the employees taking up their non-supervisory or supervisory positions.
· Seasonal or temporary employees must be provided with training on sexual harassment prevention within 30 calendar days after their hire date. If the employee will work for less than six months, the SB 1343 legislation requires employers to provide the training within 100 hours worked by the employee.
· If clients hire temporary employees who are under a temporary services employer (as defined by the California Labor Code), the duty to train such employees lies with the services employer and not the clients.
· The training on anti-sexual harassment may be carried out by other employees either as a group or individually and divided into shorter time segments. However, even with the dividing of the time, the two-hour requirement for supervisory employees and one-hour non-supervisory employees must be reached.
· Provide two hours of sexual harassment, and discrimination training for all supervisors.
· Employees need to re-trained every two years after the initial training deadline.
When SB 1343 was enacted it required that by January 1, 2020, the required training be completed. However, effective from August 30, 2019, the deadline for the training was moved up one year to January 1, 2021, by the legislation SB 778.
The SB 778 provided that if an employer had in 2019 provided the sexual harassment and discrimination training in 2019, it wasn't required to provide refresher education and training again until two years later. Nothing in the mandated content of the training changed.
What does the SB 1343 legislation aim to change?
Since 2005, employers with 50 or more employees have been required to offer mandatory sexual harassment training. Organizations were required to provide their supervisors with at least two hours of sexual harassment training every two years.
With the new legislation, SB 1343, sexual harassment in California has changed. Instead of the number of employees required in order for an organization to undertake sexual harassment training to be 50 it has been scaled down to 5 or more employees.
Non-supervisory employees are required by the SB 1343 legislation to receive at least one hour of training every two years. The training of non-supervisory employees is an addition to the category of employees who should receive sexual harassment training. Employers are also required to provide supervisory employees with two hours of biennial training.
How to be compliant to the SB 1343 legislation?
SB 1343 is quite expansive therefore, if you're a business owner or an employer, you'll need to take a number of measures to satisfy the requirements of this legislation before its deadline in January 2021.
As an organization, you will need to schedule and undertake the training on sexual harassment and discrimination sooner than later. SB 1343 training can be performed either online or through live training.
All SB 1343 training instruction materials should teach employees about:
· The federal as well as statewide ban on sexual harassment.
· Sexual harassment prevention information that is practical.
· Prevention of abusive conduct.
· Corrective actions against those who commit harassment.
· The remedies available to persons who undergo sexual harassment.
The training on sexual harassment and discrimination does not have to be completed in one session. You can divide the training into multiple sessions s long as all the sessions add up to two hours for supervisors and an hour for employees who hold non-supervisory positions.
For online training sessions, you can use our platform, EasyLlama.
EasyLlama is the best online platform for sexual harassment and discrimination training. Through our website (http://www.easyllama.com), we make it easy for your organization to comply with the latest regulations on training. We offer these training sessions through quizzes and video episodes that are designed to be not only interactive but also well-divided, so that they can be watched on-the-go. The training sessions are divided into micro-sessions of 5-10 minutes that are relatable, educative, and entertaining.
At EasyLlama, we create lessons that can be completed by your employees on their schedule and using any device, be it mobile phones, laptops, or tablets. We also offer the employer with real-time tracking and reporting. We make it easy for you to track the progress and completion of the course. At EasyLlama, we also certify employees across all locations and functions.
Management of workforce
With EasyLlama, you can easily manage your workforce by integrating with major HR and LMS tools. You can automatically remind employees to do their training through text or email. As an employer, when you use our training module, you can assign supervisors and non-supervisors their versions of the training.
Meeting your specific needs
With EasyLlama online training, you can automate yearly reminders of your company's training. It is easy to access certificates of completion when the need arises with EasyLlama. Management of different locations and departments is available using our platform.
SB 1343 additional concepts
The training based on SB 1343 must teach the following additional concepts:
· Harassment on the basis of sexual orientation.
· Gender expression.
· Gender identity and discrimination.
· Abusive conduct.
To be on the right side of the law and ensure that as an employer, you comply with the SB 1343 requirements, that's why EasyLlama is here to provide your organization with the best online sexual harassment and discrimination training.