Massachusetts Training laws & HR compliance analysis

Massachusetts Training: What you need to know

The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA) does not require employers to provide harassment prevention training to their employees. However, the FEPA strongly encourages employers and labor organizations to conduct an education and training program for employees and members that includes, at a minimum, the information on sexual harassment described in the law (MA Gen. Laws Ch. 151B Sec. 3A). The FEPA covers all public employers and private employers with six or more employees and expressly prohibits sexual harassment of employees.
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The FEPA requires employers to adopt a policy against sexual harassment that includes:
• A statement that sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful;
• A statement that it is unlawful to retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint of sexual harassment or for cooperating in an investigation of a complaint for sexual harassment;
• A description and examples of sexual harassment;
• A statement of the range of consequences for employees who are found to have committed sexual harassment;
• A description of the process for filing internal complaints about sexual harassment and the work addresses and telephone numbers of the person or persons to whom complaints should be made; and
• The identity of the appropriate state and federal employment discrimination enforcement agencies and directions on how to contact such agencies.
Employers must provide a copy of the policy to all employees annually and to new employees when employment begins.
New employees and members. The FEPA recommends that all new employees and members receive training within 1 year of commencing employment or membership.
Supervisors and managers. Employers are encouraged to provide ...

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