Connecticut’s “Time’s Up” Act: A Reminder About Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

Back in 2019, we wrote about Connecticut’s “Time’s Up” Act, more formerly titled “An Act Combatting Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment.” The law itself went into effect on October 1, 2019 and it has implications on businesses of all sizes across the state including new rules and requirements for sexual harassment training:

  • Employers with three or more employees are required to provide all new employees hired after October 1, 2019 with two hours of sexual harassment training within six months of their hiring date.
  • Employers with three or more employees are required to provide all existing employees with two hours sexual harassment training by April 19, 2021 (deadline extended due to COVID-19).
  • Employers with less than three employees are required to provide two hours of sexual harassment training to supervisory employees within six months of their hiring date.
  • Employers with less than three employees are required to provide two hours of sexual harassment training to existing supervisory employees by April 19, 2021 (deadline extended due to COVID-19).

Businesses can seek out resources from the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), develop their own internal training program or bring in outside counsel to provide this training.

At the time of publication, several states including California, Delaware, Illinois, New York also have their own specific workplace sexual harassment laws and requirements for training. This suggests that more states will put similar laws into place in the future to educate employees on sexual harassment and work toward reducing incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace.

From an insurance perspective, employers should be aware that there may be additional changes in the future regarding the statute of limitations for claims involving sexual assault and adjust their insurance policy retention practices accordingly.

For more information on Connecticut’s “Time’s Up” Act, sexual harassment training or risk management services with Rose & Kiernan, Inc. please contact us here or by calling 800-242-2433.

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