Another mid-year reminder:  California hotels and motels must train all employees on human trafficking awareness by January 1, 2020.

Per SB 970, hotel and motel employers must provide:

  • At least 20 minutes of “effective interactive training” about human trafficking awareness;
  • To each employee who is likely to interact or come into contact with victims

What is considered “work time” that requires pay?  Well, that definition keeps on getting broader for California employers.

  • Can you let individuals “volunteer” and provide comps/trade for their time?  No.
  • Can you let non-exempt employees check emails at night or on weekends and assume that the time is so small it is not compensable?  No

I’ve been doing a lot of harassment prevention training lately.

One reason is because it is an odd year (2019), and the requirement to train managers & supervisors started in 2005, so many California businesses are on an odd year cycle for in-person training (with online options in between).

Another reason is that such training