California Required Harassment Prevention Brochure Updated; New Guidance Issued

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On May 2, 2017, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) announced updated information related to workplace harassment.

  1. DFEH Issued Updated Brochure DFEH-185, Required to Be Provided at Time of Hire

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) mandates that specific information on sexual harassment be provided to employees at the time of hire, in addition to the employer’s written policy on discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation.  Employers can distribute brochure DFEH-185, “poster” (i.e., info sheet) DFEH-185P, or an equivalent document that contains the required information.

The DFEH announced updated versions of the brochure and “poster”, with a revision date of April 2017.  Employers should take care to provide the most recently updated copy to employees.

Note that the “poster” is not to be posted, but is rather another version of the brochure that can be handed out to employees. DFEH-162 contains the required posting information on workplace discrimination and harassment, and is incorporated in the employment posters obtained through ManagEase.

  1. DFEH Issued a Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers

The DFEH issued a new guidance: Workplace Harassment Guide for California Employers.  This guidance is intended to assist employers in developing an effective harassment prevention program.  Specifically, it provides information and strategies on how to comply with the FEHA harassment rules, which were recently revised in 2016.

Action Items

  1. Download the updated DFEH-185 from the DFEH website, or ensure your organization’s equivalent informational sheet meets FEHA requirements. As of this date, the Spanish version of the DFEH brochure has not been updated on its website.  Look for further updates on this topic from ManagEase as they become available.
  2. Download and review the new Guide in conjunction with the company’s harassment prevention procedures.
  3. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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