Farm labor contractors (FLCs) in California have to deal with a new wave of regulatory changes that took effect January 1.  The elements, included in California Senate Bill 1087 by State Sen. Bill Monning (D-Carmel), are aimed at reducing sexual harassment incidents in the agricultural industry.

 Specifically, FLCs now have to do the following:

  • Provide all workers, including supervisors, with sexual harassment prevention training.
  • The license holder must participate in at least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training each year.
  • Supervisors must complete a “Supervisory Employee Sexual Harassment Disclosure Statement” confirming that supervisors have not been found by a court or administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment within the preceding three years.

In addition, the law states that FLCs who have been found by a court or administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment within the preceding three years may have their license suspended, revoked or an application or renewal denied.   

The license may also be suspended, revoked or an application or renewal denied if the FLC employs a supervisor who has been found by a court or administrative agency to have committed sexual harassment within the preceding three years.

The California Labor Commissioner sent letters and support documents to all FLCs at the end of 2014 outlining the changes to the law. Those packets are available in English and Spanish.

AgSafe is encouraging any FLC in need of assistance with their sexual harassment prevention policy, worker training or supervisor training to contact the organization.  AgSafe has sample policies available and can conduct the necessary training.  It is suggested that the sooner FLCs are in compliance, the better.   

The AgSafe contact is Rosie Cano, outreach and membership services manager at 209-526-4400 or rosie@agsafe.org