Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - State and Local Trends
Author: XpertHR Editorial Team
California, Connecticut and Maine were the first states to adopt sexual harassment prevention training requirements for private employers. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, however, several jurisdictions (including a municipality) have adopted their own unique requirements for training on sexual harassment prevention.
Here's what you need to know:
- New Jurisdictions. Delaware, New York, and New York City now have their own sexual harassment training. The District of Columbia has also enacted legislation regarding training for employers of tipped wage workers.
- All Employees Getting Trained. California, Delaware, Maine and New York require training for all employees, not just supervisors. This is a change from the first laws to be enacted in this area, which focused only on supervisor training.
- Industry-Specific Training Requirements. California (property service workers) and the District of Columbia (tipped wage workers) are among the US jurisdictions that require industry-specific training.
- Training Scope. In some jurisdictions, the scope of the training has evolved from a review of sexual harassment prevention strategies and retaliation protections to encompass abusive conduct modules and bystander intervention training as well.
- Training Frequency. Requirements regarding frequency of training vary from once to annually to every other year. New employees generally should be trained within six months of hire, although some laws are not specific or clear on the timing.
- Municipalities. New York City has enacted its own law requiring sexual harassment prevention training. While it does not apply to all employers in the jurisdiction (as New York State's does), it does have additional requirements that make compliance more complex for employers that are subject to both state and city requirements. Look for this local trend to continue.
To see a top-level comparison of these requirements, consult our Sexual Harassment Training by State 50-State Chart.
Read more details and access key resources for each of these jurisdictions.
District of Columbia
New York State
New York City
In addition to the New York State resources, XpertHR offers the following local coverage for employers covered under the New York City Human Rights Law: