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California’s New Sexual Harassment Training Laws

Changes in California’s employment laws reflect the State’s desire that employers become more proactive in preventing sexual harassment claims in the workplace.

By January 1, 2020, California employers with five or more employees must provide all non-supervisory employees located in California with at least one hour of training regarding sexual harassment.  In addition, those employers must provide all supervisory employees located in California with at least two hours of classroom or “interactive” training regarding sexual harassment prevention. Training must take place within six months of hire or promotion and every two years thereafter. See, Government Code Section 12950.1(a).

Further, in order to obtain a permit to employ an “age eligible” minor (14 to 17 years of age) in the entertainment industry, talent agencies must provide the minor and the minor’s parents or legal guardians with sexual harassment and retaliation training. The agencies must also provide educational materials on sexual harassment to its adult artists. See, Labor Code Section 1700.50, 1700.52.

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