Harassment Prevention Training to Include New Requirement in 2015

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Preventing “abusive conduct” will have to be a component of sexual harassment prevention training courses starting in 2015.

Legislation enacted this year (AB 2053) requires employers subject to the mandatory sexual harassment prevention training requirement for supervisors to include a component on preventing “abusive conduct.”

The legal requirements of AB 2053 do not go into effect until January 1, 2015. Therefore, employers that must have their supervisor employees complete training by December 31, 2014, should do so, and that training does not have to contain a component on preventing abusive conduct.

Training provided to supervisor employees on or after January 1, 2015, however, must contain the preventing abusive conduct component.

The California Chamber of Commerce offers California Harassment Prevention Training—an online course for supervisors that meets state training requirements. The training will be updated for 2015 with content relating to the new legislation.

The CalChamber harassment prevention training course for employees also will feature the new “abusive conduct” component. Although the employee course is not required by law, the CalChamber recommends that all employees receive harassment prevention training.

More information is available at the CalChamber Store.

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