Maine Harassment Prevention
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What Employers Should Know About

Maine Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Updated Summer 2019
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Summary:

All employers located or doing business in Maine, which employ more than 15 employees, must provide sexual harassment training to all employees
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Relevant Maine laws1

Title 26 M.R.S.A., Section 806 & 807
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What companies must provide training:

Employers2 with more than 15 employees
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Who must be trained:

All employees and supervisors3
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How frequently must employees be trained:

The law is silent on the need to train an employee more than once
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When must employees be trained:

Within 1 year of being hired or promoted to supervisor
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Minimum training requirements for all employees:

  • Training must include:
    • The illegality of sexual harassment
    • The definition of sexual harassment under state and federal laws and federal regulations
    • A description of sexual harassment, utilizing examples
    • The internal complaint process available to the employee
    • The legal recourse and complaint process available through the commission
    • Directions on how to contact the commission
    • The protection against retaliation
  • Additional interactive training to all supervisors including:
    • Specific responsibilities of supervisory and managerial employees
    • Methods that supervisors must take to ensure immediate and appropriate corrective action in addressing sexual harassment complaints
  • There is no minimum amount of training time so long as the training meets the minimum standards required
  • The training is not required to be interactive, although the Maine Human Rights Commission noted that that interactive training, including web-based training, is considered the most effective method of providing training
  • Employers shall use the checklist provided by the department to develop a sexual harassment training program
  • Employers shall keep a record of the training, including a record of employees who have received the training. Employers must keep a record of who has completed the training for at least 3 years
 
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