California Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct Compliance

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, California passed SB 1343 which now requires all covered employers to provide Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct training, as well as enact Sexual Harassment prevention programs and policies. California employers must also provide written handouts on sexual harassment that comply with SB 1343’s requirements. These programs and training must be completed by January 1, 2020.

Who Does This Training Apply to? 

All employers with more than 1 employee must provide at least 2 hours of sexual harassment and abusive conduct training to all supervisors. Employers with 5 or more employees must also provide sexual harassment and abusive conduct training for all employees.

What qualifies as an employee under SB 1343?
Under SB 1343, the definition of employees includes full-time employees, part-time employees, and independent contractors. This means that veterinary hospitals using regular relief doctors could qualify as having 5 (or more) employees under the statute.

What qualifies as a supervisor under SB 1343?
Under SB 1343, the definition of supervisor is greatly expanded. In addition to traditional supervisors, practice managers, hospital administrators, and veterinarians all potentially fall into the definition of “supervisor”, and require the 2 hour Supervisor Training.

What happens if our veterinary hospital does not comply with the training, handbook/notice, or HR policy requirements?

If a covered employer does not comply with the requirements of SB 1343, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) may issue an Order to Comply requiring employers to immediately comply with the requirements. Additionally, failure to comply with SB 1343 can be used as evidence to support a finding of sexual harassment by courts and or the DFEH if a sexual harassment lawsuit is brought by plaintiffs.

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Jeffrey H. Schick, CVPM, ESQ
Jeffrey H. Schick, CVPM, ESQAttorney - Animal Health Practice Leader
Direct Dial: (561) 323-7895

How Can We Help You Comply with SB 1343?

  • We offer In-Hospital Sexual Harassment Training.
  • We offer online Sexual Harassment Training options.
  • We can help you draft SB 1343-compliant Employee Handbooks.
  • We can provide your team with SB 1343-compliant handouts to comply with the Notice Requirement.
  • We can provide SB-1343 consulting to ensure compliance.

Requirements for Practices with 1-4 Employees

  • 2 Hours of Training for Supervisors is required.
  • Poster Requirement

Suggested, but not Required for Practices with 1-4 Employees:

  • Sexual Harassment Policies and Notices that are compliant with SB1343 are suggested, although not required.
  • Written Sexual Harassment Reporting Procedures

Requirements for Practices with 5 or More Employees

  • Two Hours of Training for Supervisors that Complies with SB 1343
  • One Hour of Training for All Employees that Complies with SB 1343
  • Written Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Written Sexual Harassment Reporting Procedure
  • Written Employee Handbook
  • Notice of Sexual Harassment Policy + Reporting Options Compliant with SB 1343 upon Hiring
  • Poster Requirement

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