The Indian Business Owner TIBO Magazine - Volume 001 - Page 9
The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) is the
law in California which provides employees protection
from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.
As of April 1, 2016, new regulations took effect
requiring employers with five or more employees1 to
create written policies for preventing harassment,
discrimination, and retaliation.
Why is it important that you comply with the new
regulations? Having written policies helps prevent
costly employment lawsuits. Additionally, when and
if you get sued by an employee you want to be able
to point to your policies and the employees’ failure to
comply with those policies to manage your liability.
Investing the time now to ensure compliance with the
regulations, will help prevent headaches in the future.
Requirements Imposed on Employers Under
the New Regulations
In addition to the already-existing requirements
for employers to distribute the Department of Fair
Employment and Housing (DFEH)-185, brochure
on sexual harassment, as of April 1, 2016, employers
must also have written policies which do the following:
• List the categories of individuals protected by
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