Mandating Sexual Harassment Compliance Training

Never have we heard so much about sexual harassment as we have in recent months. One by one we have seen powerful men, especially in the entertainment industry, fall by the wayside as part of the #MeToo movement. And those are just the ones we’ve heard about because they’re high profile cases. What about the hundreds, or perhaps, thousands that we don’t hear about? And why do there seem to be so many cases of sexual harassment these days?

Is it because there are so many people – men, in particular – who are committing egregious acts; or is there a misunderstanding about what constitutes sexual harassment? Maybe it’s both; or something else altogether. Whatever the reason(s), it makes sexual harassment compliance training never needed as much as it is right now.

Is Training Mandatory?

Until recently, sexual harassment training has been up to individual companies to provide as they and their cultures saw fit. But now, because of the frequency with which complaints are being made and to head off other complaints, some states that are mandating it for companies of a certain size doing business in those states. For instance, beginning January 1, 2019, a sexual harassment training course in Delaware must be provided at any company with 50 or more employees. The new law dictates how long the course must be, how soon it must be provided, and how often it must be repeated. A handful of other states are enacting similar laws.

Sexual harassment training in Delaware must be completed by January 1, 2020 for existing employees and within one year of employment for newly-hired employees. Connecticut and Maine are two other states also mandating sexual harassment training for companies doing business there.

In What Format Must the Training Be?

The format the training is presented in is not necessarily mandated by the states, meaning it can be all in person, online, or a combination thereof. The online training is based on case studies, and the people in the video training are all actors. But the material they present is engaging, interactive, and offers quizzes and questions that require complete answers; or short narratives, if you will. Some online courses available can even be modified to fit a company’s own business specifications.

The beauty of using an online sexual harassment training course in Delaware is that sends out reminders to employees to take the course or portions thereof, and keeps track of who has completed it, and who hasn’t. That means less work for owners, managers or human resources people. And, as laws change, the online material is automatically updated, ensuring employees are always getting the most accurate, current information.

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