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New training standards adopted to protect janitors from sexual abuse on the job

06 Nov 2019 8:51 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

A California law that requires the state’s janitorial contractors to train its staff about sexual harassment and abuse has been updated to define how the process will work.

The initial law, Assembly Bill 1978, recognized the threats faced by many women cleaning offices alone at night and increased protections by initiating a statewide program to formally address the issue. It became law Jan. 1, 2019, after it was signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2016.

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newson signed AB 547, a bill that sets up training standards in the state’s Labor Code. Unlike most sexual harassment training in California, which is typically provided by attorneys, in-house human resources officials or outside consultants, janitors will learn about their rights from people who have endured similar experiences.

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