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October 29, 2019

Western Growers Educates the Imperial Valley with Public and Private Sessions

Western Growers’ HR Learning and Development Manager Anna Bilderbach has hit the ground running in the Imperial Valley and surrounding areas, delivering both Management 101: Introduction to Supervision training and Harassment Prevention training to WG members. The Imperial Public Session was a success, with 21 participants from companies including Imperial Valley Milling, Stanworth Crop Consultants, Sellers Petroleum, Ashwood Construction, JK Management Inc., and Holaday Seed. An additional 343 individuals, leaders and their staff, participated in private training sessions with Bilderbach as well.

 As previously reported in Spotlight, on August 15, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) 778, which updates the state’s sexual harassment training requirements.

With this new law, employers with five or more employees are required to provide the following:

  • A minimum of two hours of training and education regarding sexual harassment to all supervisory employees.
  • And at least one hour of training and education regarding sexual harassment to all nonsupervisory employees in California within six months of their assumption of a position.

SB 778 permits employers who have provided training to an employee in 2019 to offer a “refresher” training to that employee two years thereafter (rather than the January 2021 deadline). This will avoid forcing employers who have already provided compliant training from having to do so twice in a single two-year period.

Western Growers offers its members supervisory training through both public and private sessions. Supervisors can participate in one of our upcoming Public Sessions:

  • Fresno: November 7th
  • Modesto: November 12th
  • Santa Maria: November 19th
  • Bakersfield: November 25th
  • Tulare: November 26th

Please contact Anna Bilderbach at (949) 379-3889 for additional information or to schedule onsite private sessions today.