Updated anti-harassment policies and practices top the list for 2019
California lawmakers considered a number of workplace-related bills this session addressing sexual-harassment prevention, lactation accommodations, pay equity and more. Gov. Jerry Brown had until the end of September to sign or veto bills. Here’s what employers need to know about new laws that will take effect in 2019 and vetoed bills that may resurface.
Employers may need to expand their sexual-harassment-prevention training to comply with new standards. Brown signed SB 1343, which requires businesses with five or more employees to provide sexual-harassment-prevention training to all workers by Jan. 1, 2020, and every two years thereafter. Currently, only businesses with 50 or more employees must provide sexual-harassment-prevention training to supervisory employees.
“While such training has always been a good practice, soon the training will become mandatory,” said Christopher Olmsted, an attorney with Ogletree Deakins in San Diego.