Justice for Janitors – AB 1978 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Janitorial Services Employees

Justice for Janitors AB 1978 Gonzalez

Beginning in 2016, California introduced Assembly Bill 1978. AB 1978, also called the  Property Service Workers Protection Act was established to protect against harassment and sexual violence for custodial staff in the workplace. The commonly used name for the campaign to enact this law was “Justice for Janitors“.  AB 1978, was created with the intent of addressing mainly mainly focusing on undocumented female janitors who were found to frequently be victims of sexual violence and harassment while working night shifts. The commonly used name for the campaign to enact this law was “Justice for Janitors”.  These incidents were mostly never reported, as many feared reprisal as women and in some cases as undocumented workers.

Since being introduced, Property Service Workers Protection Act, has been amended by Assembly Bill 547, the Janitor Survivor Empowerment Act. AB 547 requires janitorial employers to provide in-person instructor-led training in preventing sexual violence and harassment at least once every two years.

The regulations establishing the training requirements are pursuant to Labor Code section 1429.5 and have been adopted by the Labor Commissioner’s Office, effective July 15, 2020.

The regulations establish the substantive training requirements which include interactive training and standards for content, frequency, duration, and documentation applicable to training of both supervisors and non-supervisors. Employers must follow these new training requirements which replaces the previous written material-only distribution to workers required under Labor Code section 1424.

Employers must provide the training to their employees as required by the Labor Occupational Health Program at UC Berkeley for the Department of Industrial Relations and the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation. This training and it’s developed to help employers meet the regulation’s requirements for sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training.

CA On-site Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Janitorial Services Employees (Non-Supervisory)

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Course Length:

  • 2 Hours
  • Video Clips & Interactive Knowledge Checks and Scenarios

Janitorial Service Industry On-site Training Topics (Non-Supervisory):

  • Worker Training Guide: Safe and Respectful Workplaces: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct in the Janitorial
  • Industry
  • Lesson plan
  • Topics:
    • Introduction
    • Understanding Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct
    • Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment
    • Workplace Rights and Employer Responsibilities
    • Conclusion
  • Handouts
  • What Is Sexual Harassment?
  • Sexual Harassment at Work Is Illegal
  • Resources for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Assault
  • Evaluation form
  • Visual aids
  • Video: Safe and Respectful Workplaces: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Janitorial Industry

 

CA On-site Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Janitorial Services Employees (Supervisor)

Request a Demo

Course Length:

  • 2 Hours
  • Video Clips & Interactive Knowledge Checks and Scenarios

Janitorial Service Industry On-site Training Topics (Supervisor):

  • Worker Training Guide: Safe and Respectful Workplaces: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct in the Janitorial
  • Industry
  • Lesson plan
  • Topics:
    • Introduction
    • Understanding Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct
    • Preventing Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct
    • Responding to Complaints of Sexual Harassment
    • Retaliation
    • Conclusion
  • Handouts
  • What Is Sexual Harassment?
  • Sexual Harassment at Work Is Illegal
  • Resources for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Assault
  • Evaluation form
  • Visual aids
  • Video: Safe and Respectful Workplaces: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Janitorial Industry

 

Resources for Addressing Sexual Harassment and Assault

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH):

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN):

  • National Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE or 1-800-656-4673
  • Spanish Language
  • Go to rainn.org for a nationwide list of organizations

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA)

  • Go to calcasa.org for a list of organizations in California

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