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California Extends Compliance Deadline for New Harassment-Prevention Training

September 05, 2019 / Michael S. Kalt

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed SB 778 into law, which clarifies certain aspects of California's new requirements that employers provide expanded training to employees to prevent sexual harassment. These requirements were enacted in 2018.The new law also extends to Jan. 1, 2021, the deadline for most employers to train supervisors who were not already subject to training requirements and to provide training to nonsupervisory employees.  The extension also means that supervisors who were trained in 2018 will not need to be retrained in 2019, as they arguably would have been under the initial Jan. 1, 2020, deadline. Further, it clarifies that the prior two-year training time frame will apply for both supervisory and nonsupervisory employees, meaning any employees trained in 2019 will also not need to be retrained until 2021—and then will only need to be trained every two years thereafter.