New Bullying Legislation Takes Effect

Employers are now required to include the topic of bullying in their sexual harassment prevention training.  Assembly Bill 2053 went into effect January 1, 2015, and calls for education of and training on abusive conduct.  Bullying has surfaced in a few of our jurisdictions as some of our Members have felt intimidated or mistreated at work.

Though the Bill adds necessary training, it does not include an original provision providing for corrective action if bullying occurs.  Local 21 will keep our eye on the issue to see if it requires legislative follow up.

 California employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors. This training must be completed within six months of them becoming a supervisor, and then at least once every two years. The instruction must cover federal and state laws regarding prohibitions against sexual harassment, remedies available to victims, how to prevent and correct sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.