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AB 2053 – Public Employers Must Provide Training on the Prevention of “Abusive Conduct”

Prior to the enactment of Assembly Bill 2053, public employers were required to provide a two-hour training only on the prevention of sexual harassment.  Assembly Bill 2053, effective January 1, 2015 requires that this two-hour session must also include a segment on the prevention of abusive conduct.

 Government Code section 12950.1 defines abusive conduct as behavior “with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests.”  The statute does not define a set amount of time that must be spent addressing abusive conduct.

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