For employers of 50 or more employees, state law requires training and education of two or more hours for supervisory employees (CT Regs. Sec. 46a-54-204). Training for all new supervisory employees must occur within 6 months after they assume supervisory responsibilities. Training must be conducted in a classroom-like setting, using clear and understandable language, and in a format that allows participants to ask questions and receive answers.
The state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), in an informal opinion
, has determined that an e-learning program complies with the state’s statutes and regulations if it otherwise satisfies training requirements and provides an opportunity for learners to ask questions and receive answers in a “reasonably prompt manner.”
Training must include:
• A description of federal and state statutory provisions prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace
• A definition of sexual harassment as described in the statute (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60)
• A discussion of the types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment
• Advising employees that individuals who commit sexual harassment may be subject to both civil and criminal penalties
• A description of remedies that are available to victims of sexual harassment
• Penalties for sexual harassment
• A discussion of strategies to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-54)
Refresher training. While noting that it is not required under the regulations, the CHRO encourages employers to provide an update of legal interpretations and related developments to supervisors every 3 years.