California DFEH Releases Free Online Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Courses

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) recently released free online training courses aimed at assisting employers to comply with new state laws regarding sexual harassment prevention training. The release comes just in time for the new January 1, 2021 statutory deadline.

Per Government Code section 12950.1, by January 1, 2021 employers such as school and community college districts must provide at least two (2) hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to all supervisory employees and at least one (1) hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training to nonsupervisory employees.  This training must be completed once every two years.  New supervisory employees must be trained within six months of assuming their supervisory position, and new nonsupervisory employees must be trained within six months of hire.  It is recommended that school and community college districts require employees to submit a certificate of training completion for their records.

Section 12950.1 also required the DFEH to develop or obtain online training courses on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace for both supervisory and nonsupervisory employees, leading to this release.  Employers may utilize the DFEH courses instead of hiring a trainer.

The courses are available at https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/shpt/ in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

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