California's Fair Employment and Housing Act now requires that all employers with more than 50 employees provide sexual harassment training to all supervisors. The deadline for such training was January 1, 2006. The new law requires at least two hours of training every two years for all employees with any supervisory or managerial authority over other workers. Newly hired or promoted supervisors have to be trained within six months of assuming their supervisory position.
The new law requires that the training be presented in an interactive format by an instructor with knowledge and expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination and retaliation.
In late 2005, the Fair Employment and Housing Commission issued proposed regulations regarding the specific requirements of the new law. These regulations are not final yet, but provide some important guidance. For example, as currently drafted, the regulations do not require that all 50 employees work at the same location or that they all reside in California. In addition, the proposed regulations adopt a broad definition of the term "supervisor." Although the regulations are subject to modification until they become final, they provide helpful answers to many questions that were previously unanswered.