Harassment Prevention Training for Maine, Connecticut, and Delaware
Federal workplace harassment and discrimination prevention statutes contend that each employer should provide awareness training to employees. However, select states, including Maine, Connecticut, and Delaware, have their own specific mandates to follow. Some regulations require training every two years, while others demand it annually.
Furthermore, the size of the organization affects who must be trained. Before implementing a sexual harassment prevention training in your business, you’ll need to understand your state's requirements.
DELAWARE HB 360 MANDATE
Starting on January 1, 2019, Delaware will require employers with 50 or more employees (unlike other states, this total number doesn’t include contractors) to provide sexual harassment prevention training. This interactive course must address the illegality and definition of sexual harassment. Additionally, legal remedies must be described with directions on how to contact the Delaware Department of Labor. Lastly, the training must inform all employees that retaliation is illegal.
The interactive course must be at least 90-minutes long and provided to all employees and supervisors within one year of employment, or by January 1, 2020, for existing workers. In other words, employers must have everyone trained with the exception of independent contractors, employees of less than six months, or temporary workers. After the original course is completed, training must be repeated every two years.
Employers must provide additional training to supervisors that includes the specific responsibilities of a managers role in the prevention and correction of sexual harassment as well as legal consequences of retaliation.
CONNECTICUT 6A-54 (15) (B) AND 46A-54-204 REQUIREMENTS
In 1992, Connecticut was the second state to enforce sexual harassment prevention training for employers. Any workplace that has 50 or more people employed must provide at least two hours of training for all supervisors and managers within the organization. This requirement must be completed within six months of an employee assuming a higher role. Connecticut regulates the topics covered in the training to include the:
- Definition of sexual harassment
- Description of remedies available
- Different types of misconduct
- Federal and state laws
- Strategies for sexual harassment prevention
MAINE TITLE 26, §807
As the first state to implement a sexual harassment prevention mandate, employers in Maine with 15 or more employees are required to provide annual training within one year of hiring a new employee. The interactive course must include:
- Definitions, descriptions, and examples
- Directions on how to contact the Maine Human Rights Commission
- Explanations of the internal compliant system
- Protection against retaliation
- The legal resources available
- Written notices of the unlawfulness of sexual harassment
In addition to annual training for all employees, supervisors and managers must receive additional yearly training that includes their specific responsibilities and the appropriate way to address complaints.
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