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New California Sexual Harassment Training Guidelines Released

Last year California passed legislation that requires employers with 50 or more employees to train their managers and supervisors on sexual harassment. Because some felt that the law was too broad and general, the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission has drafted more detailed guidelines to help California employers.

The guidelines, which may go into effect as soon as three months, include these points:

The trainer must possess a certain level of expertise – either a law degree or practical experience in prevention training and knowledge of California law;
Online training must be interactive so that a trainee can pose a question and receive an answer within two days;
All live training must be interactive presumably permitting questions and answers;
Employers must keep a training record for each individual supervisor; and
Employers must distribute their harassment policies and incorporate these policies into the training.