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Sexual Harassment Training Offered

Apr 09, 2019 05:21PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Now's the time to get in compliance: With a new California law requiring businesses to provide sexual harassment training, the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce is offering a training seminar that will fulfill that requirement.

The seminar, hosted by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce and The Maloney Firm, will be held at the Manhattan Beach Library from 10:00 a.m. to noon on April 18. The seminar is free for Manhattan Beach Chamber members and $10 for non-members. Register here or by calling 310-545-5313.

All employees should attend the first hour, which will cover the required anti-harassment curriculum. Management employees should then stay for the second hour, which will cover additional required material for management on the handling of harassment and other employment claims.

The seminar will cover new 2019 "Me Too" related laws affecting California businesses, including expanded employer liability under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, increased protections for sexual harassment victims, longer statutes of limitation for sexual assault, expanded relationships covered by harassment laws (beyond employer/employee), protections for employers disclosing harassment investigation results, and limitations on confidentiality in sexual harassment/assault settlements.

SB 1343, which took effect on January 1, requires businesses employing five or more people to provide sexual harassment training to all of their employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees.

The previous threshold for required sexual harassment training was for businesses of 50 or more. This new law lowers the threshold down to five or more employees.

Under the new law, management must receive two hours of training and non-supervisory employees must receive one hour, to be repeated every two years. Most existing employees must be trained before January 1, 2020.

For those who are unable to attend the seminar, a second seminar will be held July 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also at the Manhattan Beach Library.

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