Strategies for Compliance: Harassment Prevention Training Guidelines

By Molly Wood, SDEA HR Consultant

It was recently announced that businesses with five or more employees now have until January 1, 2021 to complete Harassment Prevention Training (HPT) for all employees and supervisors (revised from the January 1, 2020 deadline announced in January 2019).

Since there is a bit more breathing room, now is the time to consider your long-term compliance strategy. Here are the basic requirements:

  • All supervisory personnel must have a minimum of two hours of training no later than January 1, 2021 (for existing employees), or within six months of hire, or promotion, to a supervisory position;
  • All non-supervisory personnel must have a minimum of one hour of training no later than January 1, 2021 (for existing employees), or within six months of hire date;
  • Starting January 1, 2020, all seasonal, temporary, or other employees hired to work less than six months must receive HPT within the first 30 days or 100 hours worked, whichever is earlier;
  • If employees participated in HPT in 2018, there is no requirement to retrain in 2019;
  • All employees must participate in HPT every two years.

If your existing employees have not completed HPT in 2019, a good next step would be to run a report of all your employees to determine who has completed training and when. Employees who had HPT in 2018 will be due for a refresher in 2020, and new hires that have not had HPT need to complete it within six months of their hire date.

If your employees completed their HPT in 2019, you are covered until 2021 for them, and only need to ensure that new hires are trained within six months (less for seasonal/temporary employees).

SDEA has HPT webinars scheduled the first week of the month through the end of 2019. 

In 2020, SDEA will host HPT webinars monthly to help you keep your training up to date. SDEA can also provide classroom training at your site location.

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