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Amendment

 

February Session, 2018

LCO No. 5636

   
 

*SB0013205636HRO*

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REP. O'DEA, 125th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 132

File No. 604

Cal. No. 530

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedules "A" and "C")

"AN ACT COMBATTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT."

Strike subdivision (15) of section 1 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(15) (A) To require an employer having three or more employees to (i) post in a prominent and accessible location information concerning the illegality of sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment, and (ii) provide, not later than three months after the employee's start date with the employer, a copy of the information concerning the illegality of sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment to each employee by electronic mail with a subject line that includes the words "Sexual Harassment Policy" or words of similar import, if (I) the employer has provided an electronic mail account to the employee, or (II) the employee has provided the employer with an electronic mail address, provided, if an employer has not provided an electronic mail account to the employee, the employer shall post the information concerning the illegality of sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment on the employer's Internet web site, if the employer maintains such an Internet web site. An employer may comply with the requirements of this clause, by providing an employee with the link to the commission's Internet web site concerning the illegality of sexual harassment and the remedies available to victims of sexual harassment by electronic mail, text message or in writing; and (B) to require an employer having (i) fifty or more employees to provide two hours of training and education to all [ supervisory] employees within one year of [ October 1, 1992, and to all new supervisory employees within six months of their assumption of a supervisory position] October 1, 2018, 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. Any employee hired on or after October 1, 2018, by an employer having fifty or more employees, shall receive such training and education not later than six months after the date of his or her hire, provided the commission has developed and made available such training and education materials in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (8) of subsection (a) of section 46a-56, as amended by this act; or (ii) less than fifty employees to provide two hours of training and education to all supervisory employees within one year of October 1, 2018, and to all new supervisory employees within six months of their assumption of a supervisory position, provided any employer who has provided such training and education to any such supervisory employees after October 1, 2017, shall not be required to provide such training and education a second time. Any supervisory employee hired on or after October 1, 2018, by an employer having less than fifty employees, shall receive such training and education not later than six months after the date of his or her hire, provided the commission has developed and made available such training and education materials in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (8) of subsection (a) of section 46a-56, as amended by this act. Such training and education shall include information concerning (I) the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment, including, but not limited to, the remedies available from the commission pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, and (II) the type of conduct that constitutes sexual assault as defined in section 54-240. An employer who is required to provide training under this subdivision shall provide periodic supplemental training that updates all supervisory and nonsupervisory employees on the content of such training and education not less than every ten years. As used in this subdivision, "sexual harassment" has the same meaning as provided in subdivision (8) of subsection (b) of section 46a-60, as amended by this act, and "employer" includes the General Assembly;"

Strike sections 18 and 19 in their entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 18. (Effective from passage) (a) There is established a task force to study the statutes of limitations for the prosecution of crimes of sexual assault provided in sections 54-193 to 54-193b, inclusive, of the general statutes. The task force shall evaluate said sections of the general statutes and consider whether any specified time period for prosecuting a person for committing a crime of sexual assault should be amended.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members or their designees: (1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary; (2) the Chief State's Attorney; (3) the Chief Public Defender; (4) the Victim Advocate; (5) an active or retired judge appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; (6) the director of the Division of Scientific Services within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection; (7) a representative of the criminal defense bar appointed by the president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; (8) a representative from the Connecticut Innocence Project; and (9) seven public members, including the dean of a law school located in this state, appointed one each by the president pro tempore of the Senate, the Senate Republican president pro tempore, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the majority leader of the Senate, the majority leader of the House of Representatives, the deputy Senate Republican president pro tempore, and the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(c) Only a member of the task force appointed under subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to judiciary shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2019, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the judiciary, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2019, whichever is later."