SECTION 1. Section 3A of Chapter 151B of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out subsection (e) and inserting in place thereof the following subsection:-
(e) Employers and labor organizations shall provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training not later than 6 months after the employee is hired, and on an annual basis thereafter. Employers shall use either the model training developed by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination or a training that meets or exceeds the standards set forth in this subsection. The training shall:
(i) be focused on compliance with the legal requirements of employment non-discrimination law and on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace;
(ii) for employers with 50 or more employees, be conducted by qualified, live interactive trainers, and for employers with fewer than 50 employees, may be on-line and video-based, provided the training has an interactive component;
(iii) for employers with 50 or more employees, be tailored to the specific type of workplace, using examples and scenarios related to that workplace;
(iv) last not less than 2 hours;
(v) include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination;
(vi) include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment as well as conduct that, if left unchecked, might rise to the level of unlawful sexual harassment;
(vii) include the consequences of engaging in conduct that is unacceptable in the workplace;
(viii) include information concerning federal and state law concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment;
(ix) include bystander intervention training to enable bystanders to recognize potentially problematic behaviors, to provide bystanders with skills to intervene as appropriate and to explain how an employee who witnesses potentially sexually harassing behavior can report that information;
(x) include information concerning employees’ rights of redress internally and externally and all available forums for adjudicating complaints; and
(xi) include the specific responsibilities of supervisory and managerial employees and the methods that those employees should take to ensure immediate and appropriate corrective action in addressing sexual harassment complaints and in ending ongoing sexual harassment.
(f) Employers and labor organizations shall file annually a certification statement with the attorney general and signed by the chief executive, president, general counsel or other senior executive certifying all employees have received sexual harassment prevention training during the previous year. The Attorney General shall have the authority to conduct audits of employers’ and labor organizations’ certification statements to ensure compliance with the training requirements of this statute.
SECTION 2. Chapter 151B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting the following new section:
Section 3B: Employers and labor organizations shall conduct a climate survey every five years. Climate surveys shall be anonymous and shall include, but not be limited to, an assessment of: (i) employee knowledge and awareness of sexual harassment laws and policies, including the complaint process and procedures; (ii) employee and supervisor knowledge of prevention and reporting responsibilities; and (iii) whether employees have experienced sexual harassment in the workforce. Employees shall be informed that participation in the climate survey is not a condition of employment and that all results shall be collected in an anonymous manner. This section shall not apply to employers or labor organizations with fewer than 50 employees.
Employers and labor organizations may use a model climate survey as developed by the commission or a survey which meets or exceeds the standards set forth in this section.
SECTION 3. The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination shall develop a model training policy and climate survey which may be used by employers and labor organizations. The training policy and survey shall be made available to employers by January 1, 2020.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2020.
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