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Washington State Sexual Harassment Training Requirements

On May 13, 2019, Washington state enacted SB 5258, a new law regarding sexual harassment training in certain industries.  The law takes effect January 1, 2020 and applies to employers in retail, the hotel, motel, security and property services contractor industries that employ at least one person.

Which organizations need to provide training?

Any hotel, motel, retail, or security guard entity, or property services contractor.

Who needs to be trained?

Managers, supervisors and employees need to be trained. The law defines an employee as an individual employed as a janitor, security guard, hotel or motel housekeeper, or room service attendant, and who spends a majority of working hours alone, or whose primary responsibility involves working without another coworker present.

When must employees be trained?

Hotels and motels that have 60 or more rooms at their establishments are required to comply with this law no later than January 1, 2020. The rest of the affected employers under this new law must meet these requirements by January 1, 2021.

What are the minimum training requirements?
  • Prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace

  • Prevent sexual discrimination in the workplace

  • Educate the employer's workforce regarding protection for employees who report violations of a state or federal law, rule, or regulation

  • Provide a list of resources for the employer's employees to utilize. At a minimum, the resources must include contact information of the equal employment opportunity commission, the Washington state human rights commission, and local advocacy groups focused on preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault

  • Required employers must also adopt a sexual harassment policy

  • Property services contractors must submit to Department of Labor and Industries the number of managers, supervisors, and employees trained and date of adoption of the sexual harassment policy

  • Every hotel, motel, retail, or security guard entity, or property services contractor, must also provide a panic button to each employee. 

EasyLlama’s online sexual harassment training courses for Washington covers the required content and more. Our training also covers not just sexual harassment, but other forms of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

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