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California expands requirements for anti-harassment training

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In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 396 into law, expanding the subjects that must be covered in California’s mandatory sexual harassment training for supervisors. California employers with 50 or more employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment training for supervisors every two years.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the training must address harassment based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. The training must include specific examples of such harassment. This portion of the training must be presented by trainers with knowledge and expertise in those topics.

SB 396 also requires employers to display a poster regarding transgender rights prepared by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Download the poster at www.dfeh.ca.gov/resources/posters-and-brochures-and-fact-sheets.

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