California Governor Gavin Newsom just signed Senate Bill (SB) 778. Effective immediately, this bill extends the deadline for employers with five or more employees to provide the legally required harassment prevention training by one year—from January 1, 2020 until January 1, 2021.

By way of background, a law signed last year (SB 1343), required employers with five or more employees to provide:

  • one (1) hour of harassment prevention training to non-supervisors; and
  • two (2) hours of training to supervisors by January 1, 2020.

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) stated that training had to be completed during the calendar year 2019 and employers who had trained in 2018 had to retrain in 2019.

SB 778 Gives Employers More Time to Comply

  • SB 778 extends the deadline for covered employers to provide harassment prevention training from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.
  • SB 778 allows covered employers who have provided anti-harassment training in 2019 to wait two full years before providing refresher training.

Stay tuned to see if the DFEH updates their FAQs on this matter.

What Does this Mean for Employers?

This is good news for employers in California. Many businesses were in a hurry to get their training done in 2019 in order to meet the original deadline.

With this new law in place, employers can take a breath and figure out when training will work best for them—either this year or next. We encourage our clients to ensure the company has completed the training by the January 1, 2021 deadline.

If you are one of the many employers who has already completed training with Guardian HR in 2019 (onsite or online) rest assured that you have met your compliance obligations. Any new employees and supervisors you hire still must be trained within the first six months and then every two years.

Guardian HR is here to help you! Click here to view our harassment prevention training options. To get started with setting up online training, please login at www.guardian-hr.com/login.

Need assistance? Please email training@guardian-hr.com

We’re here to help you comply with California’s employment laws and make sure your workplace is safe and respectful for everyone.