How To Comply With CA’s New Workplace Violence Prevention Plan By July 1, 2024

Featuring California Senator and Author of SB 553 Dave Cortese

In 2023, Governor Newsom signed SB 553 into law, requiring employers to implement a workplace violence prevention plan, which includes annual workplace violence prevention training, by July 1, 2024.

On May 2nd 2024, Attorney and Workplace Investigator Rebecca Speer and Janine Yancey held a talk with CA State Senator Dave Cortese. Together, they outlined how to comply by with SB 553 July 1st and answered frequently asked questions about the bill. They discussed both the workplace violence prevention plan as well as the workplace violence training that is required annually as a component of the plan.

In this webinar, we covered:

    • Background and context for the new law from the state senator who authored it
    • The 6 components required in your workplace violence prevention plan
    • Topics required in your annual workplace violence prevention training
    • Record keeping requirements
    • Consequences for non-compliance
    • Practical guidance to implement and operationalize

Access the webinar to receive a recording, the slide deck, and a complimentary.

About Senator Cortese

Senator Dave Cortese represents CA District 15 which encompasses much of Santa Clara County in the heart of Silicon Valley.

On May 26, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at a Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority rail yard in San Jose, California. This was the deadliest shooting in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area. The tragic incident galvanized Senator Cortese around workplace violence prevention. It ultimately led to his authoring and sponsorship of SB 553.

About Rebecca Speer

Founder of Speer Associates, Rebecca is a sought-after workplace investigator, employment attorney, and expert. She’s spent a career helping leading organizations effectively manage and resolve damaging workplace behavior and employee complaints.

Addressing the most serious misconduct an employer can face, Rebecca has served as a nationally-recognized expert in the area of workplace violence prevention. Propelled by a growing awareness of workplace violence after experiencing a mass office shooting early in her career, she evangelized a programmatic approach for preventing workplace violence. She brought those methods to major companies, participated in a groundbreaking working group established by the FBI, testified before Congress, and chaired a national committee that developed the first ANSI-approved Standard for Workplace Violence Prevention and Intervention.

Based in San Francisco, Rebecca is a graduate of Stanford University and the Santa Clara University School of Law. She dedicates herself to working with senior leaders in Legal, HR, and Compliance, with a practice focused on workplace investigations, strategic consulting, and employee complaint resolution.

Share it now

Related Resources