Are You in Compliance? California’s Sexual Harassment Legislation AB 1825

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I used to be talking just lately at a enterprise community assembly when a enterprise proprietor requested whether or not she wanted to be involved with California’s new Sexual Harassment legislation, AB1825. This enterprise proprietor runs her firm with 18 full-time, 20 part-time workers, 8 temp staff, and 5 gross sales subcontractors who’re situated in a number of states.

Requirement: 50 + workers

On the floor it seems that she doesn’t meet the 50+ worker requirement that determines whether or not she should prepare her supervisors. Taking a more in-depth have a look at the legislation, nonetheless, reveals that short-term service staff and unbiased contractors, no matter the place they’re situated are included within the whole rely of workers.

Requirement: Coaching should embody all features of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

The coaching should handle retaliation and: intercourse, race/coloration, faith, age, and nationwide origin harassment and discrimination. Sometimes earlier trainings didn’t embody these areas.

One other enterprise proprietor needed to know whether or not or not they might proceed to coach in the identical method because the earlier yr’s coaching.

Requirement: A system in place to trace and doc worker participation and compliance

The reply is perhaps sure, perhaps no. If the coaching included all types of harassment and discrimination AND tracked worker participation all through the coaching (not simply by means of sign up/out sheets) AND assessed their understanding of the fabric AND you’ll be able to present proof, then sure, proceed to coach as in earlier years.

A enterprise proprietor, one on a really tight funds, commented “it’s good that I solely have to coach 5 supervisors, as a result of I can not afford to coach extra.”

Requirement: Companies should present a harassment-free office for everybody

With this in thoughts, how harassment-free will the office be if this proprietor solely trains the supervisors? . And if a declare is made by the worker, will the cash saved by coaching solely supervisors, be sufficient to pay for attorneys, misplaced manufacturing time, and/or punitive damages? In all probability not.

Conclusion:

Whatever the variety of workers, location of workers, or earlier coaching, employers must each defend their firm from harassment and discrimination claims and adjust to the legislation. Be sure that your organization is protected by coaching all workers in harassment and discrimination prevention.

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