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William Wynder and Sunny Soltani to Present on AB 1661 and AB 1825: Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Training

Sunny Soltani and Bill Wynder, both senior Partners with Aleshire & Wynder, LLP, will be presenting at the upcoming Independent Cities Association (ICA) Summer Seminar, taking place July 12-15, 2018 at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California.

The topic of this presentation is AB 1661 and AB 1825:  Workplace Harassment and Discrimination Training. This training for local agency officials is mandated by Government Code § 53237 (“AB 1661”) in addition to other laws requiring similar training such as AB 1825 (Government Code § 12950.1). 

Currently, all local public agency officials must receive training in ethics if the local agency provides any type of compensation, salary, or stipend to those officials. In addition, public agencies must provide at least two hours of education regarding sexual harassment and workplace bullying to all supervisory employees.

AB 1661 expanded the anti-harassment training requirement to elected officials and members of legislative bodies of local agencies. “Local agencies” include cities, counties, charter cities, charter counties, and special districts.

This training is fully compliant with AB 1825, AB 1661, and SB 2053 (Anti-Bullying training), and will include certificates upon completion.  This 2-hour, comprehensive training includes how to recognize when behavior crosses the line into harassment (including legally protected characteristics such as age, medical conditions, sexual, and bullying), recognizing the potential consequences of harassment, and how to report, prevent and correct harassing conduct.