Connecticut has a history of supporting employee rights and recently expanded state requirements for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace. Beginning October 1, 2019, nearly all employers in Connecticut 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.” This amendment was signed into law on June 18, 2019.
The amended law requires all employers in the state with at least three employees (previously it was 50) to provide sexual harassment training to employees and managers. Additional key points 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 October 1, 2020
- 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.