California Adds Protections for Workplace Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Awareness

California Adds Protections for Workplace Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Awareness

Posted By: Arata Swingle Van Egmond & Goodwin on Jun 21, 2018
Changes to California employment laws.

Last month’s blogs discussed a recent change to California employment laws. Our blog went over California’s new “Ban the Box” law, which adds protections for some jobseekers with criminal convictions. However, there are other employment laws that went into effect on January 1. California recently amended the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Under these changes, certain employers must provide mandatory training for gender identity, gender expression and sexual harassment awareness.

FEHA used to require employers with 50 or more employees to provide supervisors with at least two hours of sexual harassment training every two years. As of January 1, these training sessions must also cover workplace gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation awareness. California employers must also use a new poster.

Last year, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) provided employers with four updated posters. There are additional poster requirements that California employer must follow in 2018:

  1. Employers must display the April 2017 version of the “Facts About Sexual Harassment” poster. Additionally, employers can opt to provide employees with a brochure version of the poster.
  2. Employers must display “California Law Prohibits Workplace and Discrimination” posters that were created after December 2014.
  3. Employers with five or more employees must display the “Rights and Obligations of a Pregnant Employee” poster. Only versions of this poster that were created after April 2016 are compliant. In addition, employers must give pregnant employees copies of these materials soon after learning of their pregnancies.
  4. Employers with 50 or more employees must display CFRA and Pregnancy Disability Leave notices.

DFEH posters must be displayed in conspicuous places where they are visible to jobseekers and employees. In addition, the text must be easy for jobseekers and employees to read. Employers must use these posters at any location where they have employees. Electronic posting is permitted in some cases.

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