Last week, the Connecticut State Senate passed its own version of the “Time’s Up” sexual harassment bill the State House had approved in April. The Senate then sent the legislation back to the State House for reconsideration and a vote.
It was a vote that never happened.
The legislature adjourned last night (5.9.18) without a vote, killing the bill for this year.
The original house version of the bill had been sharply criticized by employers for placing a costly and unreasonable burden on small employers.
It would have required employers with three or more employees to provide extensive harassment training for all employees.
The Senate version of the bill required that only employers with twenty or more employees provide such training.
The “Time’s Up” Act was an attempt to update Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws to create stronger protections for victims while increasing penalties for offenders by reforming the complaint processes, strengthening and expanding Connecticut’s mandated reporter laws and eliminating statutes of limitation for all Class B and C felonies.
If passed, Connecticut would have been one of only three states (California and Maine are the others), to require private sector employers to conduct sexual harassment training.
If you are an employer in Connecticut and need guidance on the topic of sexual harassment, contact the attorneys at Kainen, Escalera & McHale. We do one thing and one thing only – we are an employer defense law firm – in fact, we are one of the largest employer defense law firms in the region. What’s more, each of our attorneys has over 20 years of experience in employment law and labor law matters and can provide your business with comprehensive legal counsel ranging from assistance with necessary preventive measures to trial advocacy. Please contact us if we can help you.
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