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What Are California’s New Requirements for Sexual Harassment Training?

As Governor Jerry Brown prepares to exit office, he has signed numerous bills into law, changing the way California handles sexual harassment. One of those changes includes a significant expansion of the sexual harassment training employers must provide for their employees. Here is a rundown of those changes, and how companies must fulfill these requirements. The Changes in California Sexual Harassment Training According to California law, companies that employ at least 50 employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees every two years. This training includes both supervisors and non-supervising employees. However, this is slated to change soon. Starting on January 1, 2020, this training requirement will also extend to businesses with five or more employees. The bill requires at least two hours of training for all supervisory employees and at least one hour of training for non-supervisory workers. Employers must also provide this training every two years….
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Will the #GoogleWalkout Change How Tech Companies Handle Harassment Claims?

In October 2018, The New York Times broke news that angered many people in the tech industry. After resigning due to allegations of sexual misconduct, Andy Rubin—co-creator of the Android operating system—was paid a $90 million exit package. Though Google found the accusations to be credible, the company still paid Rubin, and he wasn’t the only misbehaving employee to receive a pay day. How Did the #GoogleWalkout Start? The Times report further outlined how several other Google executives and employees were paid to resign after accusations of misconduct. Google employees were outraged, though not surprised. Rumors of ineffective sexual harassment policies have plagued the company. However, many Google employees kept silent due to forced arbitration agreements and fear of retaliation, until now. On November 1, over 20,000 Google employees walked out of their offices to protest the company’s sexual harassment policies. Dubbed the #GoogleWalkout, the event is being hailed as…
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Is It Workplace Bullying or Sexual Harassment?

Are there legal differences between workplace bullying and sexual harassment? Workplace bullying is not explicitly illegal in California. However, employers in California who have 50 or more employees are required to provide training to supervisors every two years that includes training on prevention of workplace bullying. But if workplace bullying crosses a line into workplace harassment, then you may have a legal right to compensation. Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), employees have a legal right to be free from workplace harassment on the basis of the following protected traits: Race Religion Color Ancestry National origin Disability, whether physical or mental Mental condition or genetic information Marital status Sex Gender, gender identity and gender expression Age Sexual orientation Military/veteran status So, depending on the type of bullying that occurs, it is very easy for a coworker or other employee to cross the line from workplace bullying to…
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