Reminder to complete sexual harassment training every two years
Jasmin B. Bhandari
Up until a few years ago, only employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide sexual harassment training. Starting January 1, 2021, a new law required all employers with only 5 or more employees to provide such training. We previously detailed the requirements of this training, which requires one hour of training for non-supervisory employees and two hours for managerial/supervisory employees, but one important reminder is that the training must be renewed every two years.
As it has now been two years since the initial compliance deadline, employers are reminded to comply with the requirement to provide the training to existing employees at least once every two years. Further, employees must be provided the training within 6 months of taking an applicable position. For seasonal and temporary employees, or any other employee that is hired to work for less than six months, employers with five or more employees must also provide training within 30 calendar days after the hire date or within 100 hours worked, whichever occurs first.
The required sexual harassment training must be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. In our experience, the training is much more effective when done in person, or at least in an interactive manner as it can uncover potential problems and brewing concerns before they turn into an HR nightmare. Our office can discuss your options for compliance in this area.