Online Sexual Harassment Training for California Employers

If you have 5 or more employees, anti-sexual harassment training is required

After the #MeToo movement shown a spotlight on sexual harassment, several states enacted stricter anti-harassment laws. California’s law AB 1825 already required supervisors to receive anti-sexual harassment training, but in July 2018, the state amended its law by enacting SB 1343, which expanded training requirements to include all employees of companies with 5 or more people. All employees, as defined by the updated law, include supervisory and non-supervisory employees and temporary and seasonal workers, and their training must include harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.

California Training Compliance Requirements

Supervisors must continue to receive two hours of training every two years. Other employees need to have at least one hour of training every two years. The law states that training must be interactive, and include:

  • “The definition of sexual harassment under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964;
  • The statutes and case-law prohibiting and preventing sexual harassment;
  • The types of conduct that can be sexual harassment;
  • The remedies available for victims of sexual harassment;
  • Strategies to prevent sexual harassment;
    Supervisors’ obligation to report harassment;
  • Practical examples of harassment;
  • The limited confidentiality of the complaint process;
  • Resources for victims of sexual harassment, including to whom they should report it;
  • How employers must correct harassing behavior;
  • What to do if a supervisor is personally accused of harassment;
  • The elements of an effective anti-harassment policy and how to use it;
  • “Abusive conduct” under Government Code section 12950.1, subdivision (g)(2).
  • Discuss harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, which shall include practical examples inclusive of harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”

Alterity’s Respectful Workplace Program Satisfies Additional Requirements

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act
  • The Equal Pay Act
  • Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

California Has Strict Requirements for Trainers, Too

Not anyone can conduct an anti-sexual harassment training in California, but we can. Alterity’s professional experienced virtual trainers meet all the qualifications necessary for compliance in California, and our training—both virtual and in-person—does, too. Just as importantly, our program is designed to affect positive change, with a focus on interactive, scenario-based exercises that enable participants to increase self-awareness, to identify sexual harassment and sex discrimination, and to prevent it.

The Alterity Respectful Workplace program takes anti-sexual harassment and sex discrimination training to a new level. Your trainees receive emotional intelligence and diversity training, as well as on ongoing online communication and follow-up with trainers. Your HR managers get detailed analytics reports as well as assistance with completing other compliance requirements. And by using our robust online learning portal, they can quickly manage all assignments and customize pre-built templates to include your company’s contact and reporting information.