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Connecticut Employers Have One Week to Meet Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

  • Connecticut employers have until April 19 to abide by sexual harassment training requirements
  • Two hours of training must be provided to all workers at companies with three or more employees, and to supervisors at smaller companies
  • Deadline has been moved up several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is unclear if it will be further extended

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

Employers have received several reprieves in a new state requirement to provide sexual harassment training, but time is quickly running out to meet the latest deadline.

Under the Time’s Up Act, employers with three or more employees are required to provide sexual harassment training while companies with fewer than three employees must provide training to supervisors. The original deadline for this requirement was Oct. 1, 2020, but it has been moved up several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deadline now stands at Monday, April 19. With Connecticut easing business restrictions and proceeding with vaccination efforts, it is unclear if any further extensions will be granted.

Employers are still required to provide training to all new hires within six months as well as periodic supplemental training at least every 10 years. Employees are not required to undergo new training if they received sexual harassment training after Oct. 1, 2019, while supervisors are not required to take it if they have already done so after Oct. 1, 2018.

An interactive online training course is available through the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Companies can also satisfy training requirements by developing an internal program or bringing in an outside legal counsel to provide the necessary education.

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