Preston Clark, J.D. | Apr. 07, 2019

Which states require harassment training?

As of April 2019, the following states require anti-harassment training: California, New York State, New York City, Delaware, Connecticut, Maine, Washington, D.C.

Below you’ll find a brief summary of their respective mandates. Click on the corresponding link for an expanded summary.

California Anti-Harassment Training Requirements:

Deadline: All employees must be trained by January 1, 2020
Employers affected: All employers with at least 5 employees
Who must be trained: All employees
Frequency: Every 2 years
Duration of the training:

  • 2 hours of training to all supervisory employees
  • 1 hour of training to all non-supervisory employees

Deadline for new employees: Within 6 months of the employee’s assumption of either a supervisory or non-supervisory position.

New York State Anti-Harassment Training Requirements:

Effective: October 9, 2018.
Deadline: Existing employees must complete training by October 9, 2019.
Employers affected: All employers
Who must be trained: All employees
Frequency: Annually
Duration of the training: Not specified
Deadline for new employees: As employers may be liable for the actions of employees immediately upon hire, the State encourages training as soon as possible. 

New York City Anti-Harassment Training Requirements: 

Effective: April 1, 2019
Employers affected: All employers with 15 or more employees
Who must be trained: All employees
Deadline: See New York State
Frequency: Annually
Duration of the program: Not specified
Deadline for new employees: As employers may be liable for the actions of employees immediately upon hire, NYC encourages training as soon as possible.

NYC requires employers to keep a record of all training, including a signed employee acknowledgment, which may be electronic. Employers must maintain the records for three years and such records must be made available for commission inspection upon request.

Washington, D.C. Anti-Harassment Training Requirements:

Effective: December 13, 2018.
Deadline: Existing employees must complete training by December 12, 2020.
Employers affected: Businesses who employ tipped employees (as defined by DC law).
Who must be trained: All employees (and owners). Training for managers must be in-person.
Frequency: Every 2 years. And within 90 days from commencement of employment, unless the new employee has received training in the past 2 years.
Duration: No requirement.

Delaware Anti-Harassment Training Requirements>>

Connecticut Anti-Harassment Training Requirements>>

Maine Anti-Harassment Training Requirements>>

 


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