Friday, April 1, 2011

Employer Tip: Be Sure To Comply With California's Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training Requirements

The State of California requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide their supervisors a minimum of two hours of sexual harassment prevention training every two years.  Mandated sexual harassment training must address, among other key topics, California and Federal statutes and cases prohibiting sexual harassment, the types of conduct typically found to constitute sexual harassment, information about the complaint process, investigation techniques, policy implementation, strategies to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as a discussion about liability and potential remedies available to a complainant.  To be sufficient, training must include questions, hypotheticals, and skill-building activities to ensure supervisors gain an understanding of their legal obligations.  Covered employers must also document and maintain records of sexual harassment training provided to supervisors for each two year cycle.
Sexual harassment training is not only required by law, it is critical for California employers.  Effective sexual harassment training can help supervisors identify and prevent sexual harassment before it becomes a serious issue or civil lawsuit and, most importantly, can help employers limit liability in the workplace.  For those reasons, all employers, not just those with 50 or more employees, should conduct regular sexual harassment training consistent with the law.
AALRR provides comprehensive sexual harassment prevention training to employers throughout the State of California.  Depending on circumstance and need, AALRR offers personalized, on-site group training and also conducts monthly trainings at our Cerritos office on the second Thursday of each month.  All trainings include two (2) hours of instruction, detailed materials, certificates of completions, and company verification and policy acknowledgement forms.  For more information please contact Jane Guesnon at