Updated CA Harassment Prevention Training Requirements

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Updated CA Harassment Prevention Training Requirements as of August 30, 2019!

Last year CA SB 1343 was signed requiring all California employers with at least five employees to provide Harassment Prevention training within six months of hiring AND by January 1, 2020.

    • Effective August 30, 2019, SB 778 was signed by Governor Newsom extending the deadline for providing the mandatory training to January 1, 2021. This update to the law allows employers time to coordinate the training and still maintain a two-year training schedule for employees who were trained in 2018.
    • Other areas of the law remain unaffected, including the mandate that new employees must be trained within 6 months of hire and new supervisors must attend a two-hour training within 6 months of their promotion.
    • SB 778 does not change the requirement that seasonal and temporary employees who are hired to work for less than six months must be trained within 30 calendar days after their hire date, or within 100 hours worked, whichever occurs first.
      NOTE: Part-time and temporary employees plus independent contractors count toward the minimum employee count of five employees.


Although there’s been a temporary reprieve on the deadline, don’t be left with any employer liability! Training your staff is the first of many ways to promote a harassment-free workplace and communicate that your workplace is one with a culture of respect and dignity.


PBO’s training is interactive, engaging, and exceeds all requirements while designed to meet the needs of the entire company. The first hour of training includes all employees and the second hour is for anyone who’s a supervisor or above.

Training topics addressed include:

  • Sexual harassment overview and prevention
  • Bullying and intimidation in the workplace
  • Harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation
  • Retaliation

For more information or to schedule a training for your company, contact Laura Nieman, PHR at Laura@probackoffice.com or 858.935.4844