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June 2016

New Harassment Policies Required in California

By Blog, Business Law, Employment Law

By Stephen C. Gerrish, Senior Counsel
Employers in California should immediately review their harassment policies to ensure compliance with California’s new harassment prevention regulations.
California law mandates that employers have an affirmative duty to prevent harassment and discrimination. Employers must take “all reasonable steps necessary to prevent discrimination and harassment.” (Ca. Govt. Code section 12940(k)). With regard to sexual harassment, California law requires the posting of a state-developed poster and the distribution to employees of a state supplied pamphlet (form DFEH-185 brochure, or similar written notice). Now, new regulations have been promulgated that broaden an employer’s notification and internal policy requirements. These regulations are effective April 1, 2016, and require employers to “develop a harassment, discrimination, and retaliation prevention policy that: Read More