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How to Comply with New Sexual Harassment Prevention Requirements

March 12, 2019
12:25 PM

Delaware employers now must comply with a new law which aims to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Its requirements took effect Jan. 1, 2019.

REQUIREMENTS
Employers with four or more employees
must distribute an information sheet – created by the Department of Labor – to employees.

Employers with 50 or more employees must provide training to all employees and supervisory employees every two years. It’s worth noting that an amendment to the bill passed (HS 1 for HB 360) that, among other things, clarified that there is no set amount of time for the training – only that it has to happen.

TRAINING OPTION - NEW
Representatives from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) now offer a comprehensive training that meets Delaware’s requirement. (It’s worth noting that IA&B staff participated in the training and found it thorough and well presented.) To schedule a training, contact PCAR Training & TA Director Annie Gebhardt at 717-728-9740, ext. 120 or agebhardt@pcar.org.

ABOUT THE LAW
The law defines sexual harassment and makes employers responsible for the sexual harassment of an employee by a supervisor or by another employee when the employer knew or should have known about it and failed to take appropriate corrective action. It also prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for filing a discrimination charge.

Read more in our HR Bulletin (see DE #17)


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