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Connecticut Extends Deadline to Conduct Sexual Harassment Training Until January 1, 2021

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”) recently extended the deadline for employers to provide sexual harassment training for their employees, from October 1, 2020, to January 1, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CHRO announcement is available here.

The CHRO website states that this is a blanket extension, and employers do not need to make a request to obtain the extension. Previously, the CHRO announced a 90-day extension for employers, under limited circumstances, which required employers to make a written request to the CHRO seeking an extension and to provide the reasons why an extension was necessary.

The “Act Combatting Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment” (“Act”), which took effect on October 1, 2019, and which we reported about in detail here, significantly expanded the obligations of employers to provide training and education regarding sexual harassment and available remedies. Pursuant to the Act, employers of three or more employees are now required to provide two hours of such training to all employees. Employers with less than three employees must provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to supervisors only. Previously, only employers with 50 or more employees were required to provide supervisors with two hours of training on state and federal sexual harassment laws.

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Peter M. Stein, Epstein Becker Green, National Employer Representation,

PETER M. STEIN is a Member of the Firm in the Labor and Employment practice of Epstein Becker Green. Based in the firm's Stamford office, where he serves as the Managing Shareholder, he represents both national and regional employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

Deborah DeHart Cannavino Employment Attorney Epstein Becker Green Law Firm
Member of the Firm

DEBORAH DeHART CANNAVINO is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the Stamford office of Epstein Becker Green. She has been practicing labor and employment law in Connecticut for more than twenty-five years. Ms. Cannavino was selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list (2016 to 2018), in the areas of Employment & Labor: Employer and Employment Litigation: Defense. She was also recommended by The Legal 500 United States in the areas of Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions): Defense, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2017 to 2019). 

Ms. Cannavino:

  • Represents clients in a wide variety of employment law matters, including the defense of all forms of discrimination claims, wage and hour violations, sexual harassment, restrictive covenants/trade secrets, breach of contract, and common law tort claims

  • Regularly appears, on behalf of employers, before all Connecticut state and federal courts, including arguing an appeal before the Connecticut Supreme Court

  • Routinely appears before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and represents employers in trials before its Office of Public Hearings

  • Has conducted labor arbitrations, handled matters before the National Labor Relations Board, including trials and appeals, and represented federal government contractors in audits as well as individual and class discrimination claims before the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

  • Counsels employers on litigation avoidance and compliance with state and federal laws, including harassment investigations, wage and hour, family and medical leave, disability, discrimination, housing, and labor laws

  • Drafts and analyzes employment policies, employee handbooks, employment contracts, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements, hiring documentation, and severance agreements

  • Conducts training sessions for supervisors and human resources professionals on various employment topics, such as sexual harassment prevention, managing leave issues, and wage and hour laws

  • Represents housing providers in defending housing discrimination claims before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and before the Connecticut state and federal courts

  • Conducts fair housing training for housing providers and is one of only three fair housing trainers certified by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

In addition, Ms. Cannavino frequently presents seminars on employment-related topics, such as preventing and investigating complaints of sexual harassment, ensuring effective employee discipline, accommodating employees with disabilities, conducting pre-employment inquiries, and avoiding discrimination complaints.

Carol J. Faherty, Epstein Becker, Connecticut lawyer, Labor Attorney

CAROL J. FAHERTY is an Associate in the Labor and Employment and Litigation practices, in the Stamford office of Epstein Becker Green. 

Ms. Faherty:

  • Represents clients in all aspects of employment litigation matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment/hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful termination, whistleblowing, and wage and hour claims, among others, before state and federal courts and administrative agencies

  • Represents clients in...