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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER

Bob Duff

Standing Up For You!

Time's Up Act Overhauls Connecticut’s Sexual Harassment Laws

Fulfilling a promise the caucus made at the beginning of the General Assembly’s legislative session, the Senate Democrats today declared “time’s up” on sexual harassment and sexual assault and led passage (31-5) of the Time’s Up Act, a legislative package that includes a massive overhaul of Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws.

Senate Bill 132 passed the Senate early this morning after a three-hour debate during which Republicans attempted to tack on an amendment that would have weakened current laws, as well as the proposed bill. That amendment failed on an 18-18 party-line vote.

Times Up Act

The Senate Democrats’ Time’s Up Act reforms Connecticut’s sexual harassment and sexual assault laws and processes to create stronger protections for victims and to increase penalties for offenders by:

  • reforming the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) complaint process by extending deadlines to file complaints
  • strengthening and expanding Connecticut’s mandated reporter laws
  • eliminating statutes of limitation for all Class B and C sexual assault felonies, and extending the statute of limitations for class D sexual assault felonies from 5 to 25 years and for class A sex offense misdemeanors from 1 to 5 years
  • increasing financial penalties for offenders
  • requiring school boards to suspend any school administrator accused of sexual harassment while an investigation is conducted
  • requiring increased training and education of sexual harassment in Connecticut workplaces
     
Times Up Act

The Time’s Up Act will result in more than 70% of Connecticut employees having two hours of sexual harassment training, which can be fulfilled by accessing an online video and materials provided by CHRO.

  • At employers with 20 or more employees, all employees will need to satisfy the training requirement
  • At employers with fewer than 20 employees, supervisors need to satisfy the training
  • Beginning on October 1, 2018 and thereafter, employers must ensure training of new hires within 6 months of employment start date
  • As of October 1, 2018, then current employees will have one year (October 1, 2019 deadline) to complete training