CA Employers, five employees = company-wide harassment training

by Oct 2, 2018

Gov. Brown just signed Senate Bill 1343 into law. It requires all companies with five or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees by January 1, 2020.

I repeat, 5 employees or more means everyone gets sexual harassment prevention training. New hires must be trained within the first six months, and employees must receive an hour of training while managers/supervisors must still receive two.

So now that California is upping it’s game on sexual harassment training, I urge you to do the same. 

Start by taking this 6 question quiz to determine if the training you’re currently doing, or are considering for the future, is actually helping you prevent harassment.

I’m frustrated because the content of what we’re calling “sexual harassment prevention training” these days was created by lawmakers, and so they made the training about the law. In other words, what we’re calling harassment prevention training is actually about compliance with the law.

If you want to take this opportunity to really, actually, truly implement harassment prevention training – that is, training that actually includes stuff about prevention – then it must include content on behaviors such as respect, civility, empathy, and speaking up. 

So, what kind of training will you be offering your employees? 

If you want harassment compliance training, it’s available by the truckload out there. If you want harassment prevention training, contact us.

Our training is compliant with the law, but also includes a ton of insight for prevention. Learn more here.

Don’t you think we owe society a better harassment prevention training?

About Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is President of consulting and training firm, Civility Partners, and has been successfully providing programs in workplace bullying and building positive workplaces since 2007. Her clients include Fortune 500’s, the military, several universities and hospitals, government agencies, small businesses and nonprofits. She has published in a variety of trade magazines and has appeared several times on NPR, FOX, NBC, and ABC as an expert, as well as in USA Today, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter and teaches at National University. In his book foreword, Ken Blanchard called her book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” She recently released a second book entitled, SEEKING CIVILITY: How Leaders, Managers and HR Can Create a Workplace Free of Bullying.

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