Training Questions: AB 2053 and “Abusive Conduct”

Oct 22 2014 - Harassment, Training - Brad Sterling

As we previously reported, Governor Edmund G. Brown signed AB 2053, which requires employers subject to the mandatory sexual harassment prevention training requirement for supervisors to now include a component on preventing “abusive conduct.”

One frequently asked question is how this new law affects employees that must complete their training by the end of 2014. The legal requirements of AB 2053 do not go into effect until January 1, 2015.

Therefore, employers that must have their employees complete their training by December 31, 2014, should do so, and that training does not have to contain a component on preventing abusive conduct.

Employees who were trained by December 31, 2014, do not need to be retrained until their next training year comes up.

However, if you provide training to employees on or after January 1, 2015, the training must contain the preventing abusive conduct component.

Gail Cecchettini Whaley, CalChamber Employment Law Counsel/Content

CalChamber offers California Harassment Prevention Training – an online course for supervisors that meets state training requirements. The training will be updated for 2015 with content relating to this new legislation.

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