One big part of ECA’s mission is keeping our members aware of ever-changing state regulatory requirements and providing solutions to those challenges.
Here are some examples
California’s SB 1343, which became effective on January 1, 2019, requires every employer in California with five or more employees to act to ensure a workplace free of sexual harassment by adopting several practices, including hanging a poster that notifies employees of their rights regarding workplace discrimination and harassment and providing sexual harassment training.
The law requires employers who are subject to the rule to provide at least two hours of training to supervisory employees and at least one hour of training to all other employees. When you add new workers, they must receive the same instruction within six months of their hire date. The employer is allowed to choose to offer it individually or in groups.
Starting in 2020, employers will need to refresh the training of existing employees at least every two years. The training, which must be conducted by a qualified instructor, can be obtained in a variety of ways. An HR consulting firm or law firm may be able to provide the training, or it can be found at low cost online. Must-haves for any program include:
- State and federal rules prohibiting sexual harassment.
- Rules regarding the prevention and correction of sexual
- Remedies available to victims.
- Practical examples.
ECA will be holding a future industry education event on this topic, but we urge members to plan their own such sessions as quickly as possible. ECA is also an active and founding member of the Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ) and the Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC), organizations supported largely by industry funds paid by our members along with those signatory contractors at other heavy construction groups.
Both CIAQC and CICWQ hold special training programs dealing with the constant stream of regulations that pour out of state regulatory agencies—the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) among others.
We will keep you posted about regulatory training opportunities that outline compliance requirements offered through those essential organizations, and their guidance on how to meet the “must-do” rules.
Both CARB and SWRCB offer their own compliance training programs as well. If you are registered with either agency they will send periodic training notices via email.
By Ray Baca Executive Director Email: [email protected]