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General Assembly

 

Governor's Bill No. 5043

February Session, 2018

 

LCO No. 320

 

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Referred to Committee on LABOR AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

 

Introduced by:

 

REP. ARESIMOWICZ, 30th Dist.

REP. RITTER M., 1st Dist.

SEN. LOONEY, 11th Dist.

SEN. DUFF, 25th Dist.

 

AN ACT PROMOTING A FAIR, CIVIL AND HARASSMENT-FREE WORKPLACE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subdivision (15) of section 46a-54 of the 2018 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2018):

(15) (A) To require an employer having three or more employees to: [post] (i) Post in a prominent and accessible location information concerning the illegality of [sexual] harassment on the basis of any status described in subsection (b) of section 46a-60 or section 46a-81c, which harassment may include, but need not be limited to, sexual harassment, and the remedies available to [victims] the targets of [sexual] such harassment, [; and (B) to require an employer having fifty or more employees to] and (ii) directly communicate such information and remedies to employees on an annual basis;

(B) To require an employer having fifteen or more employees to provide (i) (I) on or before October 1, 2019, two cumulative hours of awareness and antiharassment compliance training and education to all supervisory employees, [within one year of October 1, 1992, and to] and (II) after October 1, 2019, such training and education for all new supervisory employees [within] not later than six months [of] after their assumption of a supervisory position, provided any employer who has provided such training and education to any such employees after October 1, [1991] 2017, shall not be required to provide such training and education a second time; [.] (ii) (I) on or before October 1, 2019, such training and education to all nonsupervisory employees, and (II) after October 1, 2019, such training and education for all new nonsupervisory employees not later than six months after their date of hire, provided any employer who has provided such training and education to any such employees after October 1, 2017, shall not be required to provide such training and education a second time; and (iii) periodic, supplemental training that updates all supervisory and nonsupervisory employees on the content of such training and education not less than every five years; and

(C) Such training and education shall include, [information concerning] but need not be limited to: (i) Training on the federal and state statutory provisions concerning [sexual] harassment, [and] remedies available to [victims] targets of [sexual] harassment, including sexual harassment, the employer's policy against harassment, examples of the types of conduct that constitute and do not constitute harassment and strategies to prevent harassment, (ii) bystander intervention training, and (iii) a discussion of workplace civility that shall include what is acceptable and expected behavior in the workplace. As used in this subdivision, "sexual harassment" has the same meaning as provided in subdivision (8) of subsection (b) of section 46a-60, and "employer" includes the General Assembly;

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

46a-54(15)

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Joint Favorable