New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement for CA Employees

As part of the 2018 Legislative Session, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 1343, which expands existing harassment training requirements.  The new regulation requires existing non-supervisory employees to undergo harassment training by January 1, 2020.  Specifically, SB 1343 requires employers with five or more employees to provide:

  • Two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors; and
  • One hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all non-supervisory employees.

The law requires that employees be trained during calendar year 2019. Employees who were trained in 2018 or before will need to be retrained. Under the regulations, the definition of “employee” includes full-time, part-time, and temporary employees. Both managerial and non-managerial employees must receive training by January 1, 2020. After January 1, 2020, employees must be retrained once every two years.

To meet our training obligations, we will enroll employees in the SafeColleges online training system beginning the week of July 15.  Employees will receive an email from SafeColleges which will provide them with a link to the site. The training can be completed at the employee’s own pace; however, employees will receive reminders until the training is completed.

Middlebury is committed to maintaining a campus environment free from discrimination and harassment and where people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect.  Participation in this training initiative will help ensure we live up to this obligation.