Jill Albrecht | Jun. 20, 2019

Harassment Training Legislation Pipeline (Updated: June 20, 2019)

Updated: July 5, 2019

2018 was a groundbreaking year for #metoo legislation in California (see CA Anti-Harassment Mandates) and New York (see New York Anti-Harassment Mandates). In 2019, that trend is expected to continue. Currently, 10 states have pending legislation.

Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington all have pending bills related to harassment and discrimination prevention.

California and Rhode Island have bills that have passed the state’s Senate Committee and are currently being reviewed by the state’s House Committee.  Connecticut has another bill that has passed both the state’s House and Senate Committees and is now waiting for a signature from the Governor to be made into law.

Multi-state employers in particular should be watching these new bills closely and preparing state specific strategies to meet the mandates. Click here to learn more about Impactly’s unique approach to online anti-harassment training. 

We’ll continue to monitor these bills as they wind their way through the law-making process.  

ARIZONA HB 2156

Introduced: 4/29/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers to provide workplace counseling, sexual harassment training, information on employment organizations, and any required skills training.

CALIFORNIA SB 778

Introduced: 2/26/19

Status: Passed Senate; In House Committee

Action: Amends the FEHA to specify that an employer who has provided the required harassment training and education to an employee after January 1, 2018, is not required to do so again until after December 31, 2020.

CONNECTICUT HB 5271

Introduced: 1/14/19

Status: Passed House Committee; Passed Senate Committee

Action: Requires employers to provide 4 hours of specified sexual harassment prevention training.

CONNECTICUT HB 7044

Introduced: 1/31/19

Status: Passed House Committee; Passed Senate Committee

Action: Clarifies provisions regarding sexual harassment prevention training, permitted defenses regarding sexual harassment complaints, and calculation of damages and corrective action in sexual harassment complaint proceedings.

CONNECTICUT SB 3

Introduced: 1/09/19

Status: Passed Senate; Passed House Committee

Action: Requires employers to provide new employees with the employer’s Sexual Harassment Policy and to provide certain employees with training.

FLORIDA HB 417

Introduced: 1/22/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers to implement the model sexual harassment prevention policy and training.

FLORIDA SB 1580

Introduced: 3/01/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy and train employees on that policy.

MASSACHUSETTS HB 1345

Introduced: 1/22/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Expands current sexual harassment training requirements.

MASSACHUSETTS HB 1694

Introduced: 1/22/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers to provide discrimination and harassment training every two years.

MASSACHUSETTS S1057

Introduced: 1/22/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers to provide at least two hours of training on employment non-discrimination law and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace training.

NEW YORK SB S3941

Introduced: 2/21/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Prohibits sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace and requires employers to notify employees on these laws.

NEW YORK SB S4716

Introduced: 3/21/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires sexual harassment prevention training include bystander intervention training.

NEW YORK SB S4845

Introduced: 3/27/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers submit an affirmative acknowledgement of implementing a sexual harassment prevention policy.

NEW YORK SB S5977

Introduced: 5/16/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Provides that using the model sexual harassment training program will satisfy the state training requirements.

PENNSYLVANIA HB 1040

Introduced: 4/29/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires an employer to provide training to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

PENNSYLVANIA SB 498

Introduced: 4/03/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires employers to provide interactive training regarding discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

RHODE ISLAND HB 5343

Introduced: 2/07/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Mandates sexual harassment training for employees and supervisors of employers of fifty or more employees.

RHODE ISLAND SB 330

Introduced: 2/13/19

Status: Passed Senate; In House Committee

Action: Requires employers to adopt a policy against sexual harassment and provide training to employees.

TEXAS HB 1575

Introduced: 2/11/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires sexual harassment prevention training and information for employees.

WASHINGTON HB 1728 (SB 5258)

Introduced: 1/29/19

Status: Introduced; In Committee

Action: Requires certain employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy and provide training regarding sexual assault and discrimination prevention.

FEDERAL: United States S 1082

Introduced: 4/09/19

Introduced; In Committee

Action: Broad “BE HEARD in the Workplace Act.” Requires an employer to adopt a nondiscrimination policy, employee climate surveys and have nondiscrimination training, among other requirements for employers.


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