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Employers Must Revise Their Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisors in California to Provide “Abusive Conduct” Training

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Employers must ensure that their sexual harassment prevention training for California-based supervisors also provides “abusive conduct” training. On September 9, 2014, California enacted a new law, AB 2053, which modifies the requirements of California’s existing sexual harassment training law, AB 1825 (Government Code section 12950.1). Under the new law, the mandatory sexual harassment training for California-based supervisors must now include instruction on the prevention of abusive conduct. This article addresses common questions about the new law. When does the new law go into effect? The new law is effective on January 1, 2015. Any training provided to supervisors in California after…

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California Law Protects Interns and Volunteers Against Workplace Harassment

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California has extended protections against workplace harassment and discrimination to unpaid interns and volunteers. The new law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Passage of AB1443, introduced by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, followed similar action in New York and Oregon in the wake of a New York court decision that highlighted the absence of such protections. In that case, a Syracuse University student serving an unpaid internship allegedly was sexually harassed and touched inappropriately by a supervisor. The court ruled that existing law didn’t apply to non-employees, including unpaid interns. California’s new law extends protections under the California Fair Employment and…

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California Requires Sexual Harassment Training for All Farm Workers Under New Law, Senate Bill 1087

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California has passed a law requiring that all agricultural employees—both supervisors and non-supervisors—receive training on sexual harassment prevention when hired and at least once every two years thereafter. The law, signed in September 2014, places stricter training requirements on agricultural employees that those currently required of other California employers under the state’s sexual harassment training law, AB 1825. Unlike in other industries, the sexual harassment training requirement for agricultural employees applies not just to supervisors but also to all employees. The law applies to employers of all sizes, not just those that have 50 or more employees. The new law,…

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