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Overland Park, KS 66210
CA FEHA Updated with Sexual Harassment Training Requirement
October 2, 2006, the California FEHA (Fair Employment and Housing Act) was amended to include rules requiring certain employers to provide minimum mandatory sexual harassment training for all employees with supervisory responsibilities.
Government Code 12950.1 states the following provisions:
Sexual harassment training and education requirements for new supervisory employees; contents of training and education; definitions; employer liability; violation of requirements.
(a) By January 1, 2006, an employer having 50 or more employees shall provide at least two hours of classroom or other effective interactive training and education regarding sexual harassment to:
Any employer who has provided this training and education to a supervisory employee after January 1, 2003, is not required to provide training and education by the January 1, 2006, deadline. After January 1, 2006, each covered employer shall provide sexual harassment training and education to each supervisory employee once every two years. The training and education required by this section shall include information and practical guidance regarding:
Furthermore, the training and education shall include:
(b) The state shall incorporate the training required by subdivision:
(c) For purposes of this section, "employer" is defined as any person regularly employing 50 or more persons or regularly receiving the services of 50 or more persons providing services pursuant to a contract, or any person acting as an agent of an employer, directly or indirectly, the state, or any political or civil subdivision of the state, and cities.
(d) The code states that compliance with this section does not necessarily result in liability of any employer to any present or former employee or applicant in any action alleging sexual harassment nor does compliance insulate the employer from such liability.
(e) If employers violate the requirements of this section, the commission shall issue an order requiring the employer to comply with the training and education requirements of this section.
(f) The requirements of this section are intended to establish a minimum threshold and should not discourage or relieve any employer from providing for longer, more frequent or more elaborate training and education regarding workplace harassment or other forms of unlawful discrimination to meet its obligations to take all reasonable steps necessary to prevent and correct harassment and discrimination.
By: Dale Mask
(Dale Mask is not an attorney. The above information is a general overview of the law and is not intended to be considered legal advice. For legal information or consultation, seek the help of a qualified attorney.)
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