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UPDATED: April 1, 2019

Sexual Harassment Training LawsA running list of states and localities that have adopted sexual harassment training laws.

As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements continue to shine their spotlights on sexual harassment in the workplace, some states and localities have responded with sexual harassment training requirements. Each law varies in the amount, type and format of training it requires, but they all work toward combating the same problem.

Here, we track the states, cities and other jurisdictions that have passed such laws, and offer a brief description of each law's requirements, its effective date and a link to the original law.

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  • State-wide Laws: 5
  • Local Laws: 1

California

State-wide

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019
Employers affected: Employers with five or more employees, including temporary or seasonal workers

Employers must provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all employees with supervisor duties and at least one hour of training to all employees without supervisor duties by Jan. 1, 2020, and once every two years after that.

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Connecticut

State-wide

Effective date: Feb. 24, 1993
Employers affected: Employers with 50 or more employees

Employers need to provide two hours of sexual harassment training and education for all employees with management responsibilities within six months of them assuming supervisor duties.

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Delaware

State-wide

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2019
Employers affected: Employers with 50 or more employees in Delaware

Employers must train new employees within a year of their start date and every two years after that in addition to training current employees before Jan. 1, 2020.

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Maine

State-wide

Effective date: Nov. 1, 2017
Employers affected: Employers with 15 or more employees

Employers must use a checklist developed by the Maine Department of Labor in developing the sexual harassment training program they must use to train every employee within one year of his or her start date.

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New York

State-wide

Effective date: April 12, 2018
Employers affected: All employers

Employers must provide employees an annual, interactive sexual harassment training by Oct. 9, 2019. The training needs to include an explanation of sexual harassment, examples of conduct that amounts to sexual harassment and the ways employees can report sexual harassment.

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New York City

Effective date: April 1, 2019
Employers affected: Employers with more than 15 employees

Employers must train any employee within 90 days of their hiring. The law outlines what training must cover, which includes an explanation of sexual harassment, the employer's complaint process, bystander intervention and the responsibilities of supervisors and managers.

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