The California sexual harassment training requirements were updated as of 2018 requiring employers to provide training to all employees and supervisors by January 1, 2020. The timeline has now been extended to January 1, 2021. Additionally, the timeline for staffing firms has also been extended to January 1, 2021. Temporary staffing firms must begin training their temporary employees who meet the below definition as of January 1, 2021.

Covered Employers

Any employer with 5 or more employees in total, regardless of where those employees work, is subject to the training requirement for any of their California employees. 

Covered Employees

All employees working in California are covered under the harassment training requirement, including seasonal and temporary employees or “any employee hired to work less than six months.” These employees are required to undergo the training within 30 calendar days after their date of hire or within 100 hours worked, whichever comes first.


  • All employees in California must receive at least 1 hour of sexual harassment prevention training by January 1, 2021. Training is required to occur every 2 years thereafter.
  • Employees who went through training in 2019 will not need to go through training again until 2021.
  • For staffing employees, sexual harassment training must be provided by the temporary staffing employer, not the client. This training goes into place January 1, 2021 for seasonal and temporary employees.
  • 2 hours of sexual harassment training is required for supervisors.
  • A record indicating employee completion must be saved.

Next Steps

Employers should start strategizing the best way to implement this requirement both with their current employees and new employees that they onboard in the future. Contact your Assurance representative with questions.

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