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How Seven States Mandate Employers to Train on Sexual Harassment

The similarities—and distinctives—of these training laws that churches in each state should understand.

How Seven States Mandate Employers to Train on Sexual Harassment
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The seven states mandating employers to provide sexual harassment training require several common topics to be covered, but also vary in several significant ways.

Church leaders should understand that none of these training laws or statutes contain exemptions for churches. Courts will likely apply these statutes to claims against church employers, unless the courts recognize a religious exception.

Here, then, are key highlights for each state’s statutes.

California

Beginning in 2021, all California employers with five or more employees must provide two hours of training regarding sexual harassment to all supervisors, and one hour of training to other employees. The training must take place at least once every two years and must be provided within six months of hire, or within six months of promotion to a supervisorial position. For those who are to be employed less than six months, the ...

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Myron Steeves is founder and senior attorney at the Church Law Center of California, and interim dean of Trinity Law School. He is an active member of the nonprofit committees of both the California Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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  • June 15, 2020

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