At present, five states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, and New York – have laws that mandate sexual harassment training for private sector employers, according to Felhaber Larson, SMACNA legal counsel. In the remaining 45 states, mandatory training is limited to government employees or the state recommends (but does not require) that the employer provide sexual harassment training.
Both California and New York have passed extremely robust legislation that requires sexual harassment training that is interactive and does not tolerate watching a moving or reading a handout.
SMACNA members should be cognizant of the changes occurring in these five states as their states may require regular sexual harassment training for all employees and supervisors/managers.
SMACNA’s legal counsel has prepared a white paper on workplace harassment that outlines an employer’s responsibilities on this matter and includes a list of important do’s and don’ts in enforcing a harassment policy consistently, fairly, and appropriately. The white paper is located on the HR & Employment Law section of the SMACNA website along with information on other common workplace policies. Read more…