Connecticut Employers Eligible to Apply for 90-Day Extension of Sexual Harassment Training Requirements for New Employees

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) announced it will allow employers to apply for a 90-day extension to complete the new sexual harassment training requirements for employees hired after October 1, 2019. If the extension is granted, employers will need to train employees hired after October 1, 2019 within nine months of their hire date instead of six months.

Employers must send a request to explaining why they were unable to complete the training requirement for those affected employees due to current COVID-19 restrictions. Examples may include “lack of access to technology including computer/the internet, illness of the employee, or other unforeseeable circumstances.”

This new guidance does not impact training requirements for employees hired before October 1, 2019, which must still be completed on or before October 1, 2020.