Connecticut has a history of supporting employee rights and recently expanded state requirements for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. As of January 1, 2021, Connecticut employers must provide anti-sexual harassment training to employees and managers under Public Act No. 19-16, also referred to as the “Time’s Up Act.”
Additional requirements include:
- Managers and non-managerial employees must receive at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training
- Employers must provide training to current employees by January 1, 2021
- New employees hired after October 1, 2019, must be trained within six months of hire
- Training must include a summary of federal and state provisions and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
- The sexual harassment prevention training may be provided in a classroom setting, through interactive e-learning, or a live webinar
Penalties for Not Complying
Employers who do not provide the required training for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace are subject to a monetary fine.
Employers who don’t provide adequate training will have a more difficult time defending themselves in the event of a sexual harassment lawsuit. They will be unable to demonstrate that they took “reasonable steps” to prevent sexual harassment from occurring.
Ryley Learning offers an e-learning course that complies with Connecticut’s sexual harassment prevention training requirements. The core course is designed for corporate-wide training and includes animated episodes, real-life scenarios, and interactive activities to ensure understanding.