New Law Will Include “Abusive Conduct” Training as Part of Sexual Harassment Training

California employers with 50 or more employees are required by law to provide a minimum of two-hours of supervisor training every two years on prevention of sexual harassment. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 2053, which will require employers that are subject to the mandatory sexual harassment prevention training requirement to also include training and education on the prevention of “abusive conduct.” The new law is effective January 1, 2015.

In part, the legislation defines “abusive conduct” as “conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests.”

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