Sexual Harassment Training Now Required for Employers of Three or More
New rules and requirements regarding sexual harassment training and education go into effect on October 1, 2019, but most of the training does not have to be completed until next year (see below for more details).
The law requires the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) to post information concerning sexual harassment and remedies available. CHRO is currently in the process of developing these materials and will make them available as they are completed. The law also requires the agency to develop an online training and education video and to make that available to employers at no cost. CHRO is working on this project and aims to have the video completed and available by October 1, 2019. CHRO has poster that employers can use by downloading it here. CEMA will forward all of these materials to our members once they are completed and made public. The view a summary of the new law click here.
- Employers will be required to provide to a new employee a copy of information regarding the illegality of sexual harassment and remedies available to victims.
- Employers must provide all existing employees with 2 hours of training by October 1, 2020 (available from the state for free — see below).
- Employers must provide 2 hours of training and education to new employees hired on or after October 1, 2019 within 6 months of their start date.
- Employers with fewer than 3 employees must provide two hours of training and education to all existing supervisory employees by October 1, 2020 or within 6 months to new supervisory employees.
- Employers must provide periodic supplemental training not less than every ten years.