Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Janitorial Services Employers

COVID-19 Update: Sexual Violence and Harassment Prevention Training for Janitorial Service Providers

Due to COVID-19, the biennial “in-person” sexual violence and harassment prevention training that janitorial employers must provide cannot be conducted in a manner that protects the health, safety and welfare of all participants. Consequently, the Labor Commissioner’s Office will suspend enforcement of the “in-person” training requirements, including the additional requirements related to such training established by AB 547 (2019), and instead require employers to comply with Government Code section 12950.1, which may be done by providing online trainings to all janitorial workers and supervisors made available through the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) website beginning January 1, 2021. More information on suspended enforcement of the “in-person” training requirements can be found at AB 547 final proposal.

This website will be updated as control of COVID-19 safely allows “in-person” sexual violence and harassment prevention training to resume.

The Property Service Workers Protection Act, as amended by the Janitor Survivor Empowerment Act, requires janitorial employers to provide in-person training in preventing sexual violence and harassment at least once every two years.

The regulations establishing the training requirements which were previously under development pursuant to Labor Code section 1429.5 have been adopted by the Labor Commissioner’s Office, effective July 15, 2020.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)

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January 2021