Connecticut has joined several other states in requiring mandatory sexual harassment prevention training. By October 1, 2020, employers of all sizes will be required by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) to provide this training to supervisors. Employers with at least three employees must provide this training to all other employees by the same date (or within 6 months of being hired if after that date.
This training requirement is in accordance the state’s Time’s Up Act, which proposed several changes to Connecticut’s employment laws, and carried with it a focus on expanding sexual harassment prevention laws. The Time’s Up Act included 1) Training Requirements; 2) Notice and Posting Requirements; and 3) Expand Protections for Employees.
The purpose of the training created by the CHRO is to ensure that every employee (where there are three or more employees) and supervisors are trained in the understanding and identification of harassment.
Other states with similar requirements for sexual harassment training are below. The participants and laws vary in each state.
- District of Columbia
- Idaho (recommended but not required)
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Ohio (recommended but not required)
- Oregon (recommended but not required)
- Rhode Island (encouraged but not required)
- South Dakota (recommended but not required)
- Vermont (encouraged but not required)
- West Virginia