Clear Law Institute's online sexual harassment training is compliant with all federal & state laws including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New York State, and New York City
Used by more than 1,000 employers, including:
Sexual Harassment Training
Exceeds training requirements in all states
- 50-state compliant
- Engaging learning games
- Updated as laws change
- New course each year
- Users can ask questions
- Users can take on computer, tablet, or phone
- We handle all tech support
- More than 1,000 clients
Go Beyond "Check-the-box" Training
Instructional Design and Learning Games
Our courses utilize a story-based approach with an engaging instructional design that focuses on the nuances of “gray areas.” Our courses are available in either English or Spanish.
Each year we provide a new course so that your employees aren’t forced to take the same training year after year.
Free Legal Updates
With Clear Law Institute’s in-house legal expertise, you can be assured that our training is legally accurate and kept up-to-date with any changes in federal or state laws.
Users Can Ask Questions
We answer users’ questions about the training content within one business day, as required by various sexual harassment training laws.
Course Administration and End-User Tech Support
We make it simple to roll out the training to your workplace, and we provide technical support to your employees at no additional cost.
Clear Law’s online sexual harassment and workplace harassment training engages users through interactive learning games. In this “Family Feud” type game, the learner tries to enter all the characteristics protected by federal harassment law.
Clear Law develops new compliance training each year so that your employees never have to take the same course twice.
PowerPoint or parables—which is more effective? For thousands of years, humans have learned best through stories. Clear Law’s online course presents dozens of nuanced scenarios—many of which are based on actual cases. After each scenario, the learner is asked a question and then receives feedback.
Instead of lecturing employees with a simplistic list of “do’s” and “don’ts,” Clear Law’s online sexual harassment training focuses on exploring the nuances of “gray area” situations that employees may face in real life. In this example, learners see how a decision to report or not report harassing behavior can impact others.
Our assessment ensures that every employee will master the course content—without allowing anyone to fail. To complete the course, the employee must complete the Quiz Show. Each cell in the Quiz Show represents a major principle taught in the course. If the learner misses the first question in a cell, the course provides the learner feedback and then provides another question on the same topic. The user cannot complete the course before correctly answering a question in each cell.
Course Versions (50-State Compliant)
Multi-state employers can now comply with state and local harassment training laws in all states with only three course versions:
• Advanced (2 hours): For California supervisors and Connecticut supervisors and non-supervisors.
• Extended (1 hour): For California non-supervisors.
• Fundamentals (45 minutes): For all supervisors and non-supervisors in all other states.
To comply with various jurisdictions’ training laws, on certain course pages users select where they work to receive location-specific instruction.
As noted above, the 45-minute Fundamentals Version is taken by both supervisors and non-supervisors. Some jurisdictions require that non-supervisors also receive training on supervisors’ duties.
Essentials Version (20 minutes): Shortened version that covers only the essential content.
International Version: 45-minute course used by employees outside of the United States.
Languages: Each version is available in either English or Spanish. The International version is also available in French, German, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Upon request, we can provide the training in any language.
No Reruns: As discussed above, Clear Law creates a new training each year so that your employees never have to sit through a rerun of a previously taken course.
Covers All Forms of Harassment, Civility, Bullying, and Bystander Intervention
Consistent with EEOC guidelines and court decisions, Clear Law’s training covers not just sexual harassment, but all forms of workplace harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. For example, as required by various state laws, including California SB 396, the training covers harassment based on gender identity and expression.
As required by some states’ laws, such as California law AB 2053 and SB 1343, the training also addresses topics such as workplace civility, bullying, and bystander intervention. We can also cover topics such as unconscious bias.
What is Not Harassment
Our online course teaches employees not only what harassment is but also what harassment is not. In this way, employees are less likely to file harassment complaints for conduct that is not in fact harassment.
Clear Law Institute’s course addresses new topics relating to workplace harassment. For example, the course addresses how the misuse of social media and mobile devices can contribute to a hostile work environment and lead to employee discipline. As recommended in the report issued by the EEOC Select Taskforce on Sexual Harassment, the course also addresses workplace civility and bystander intervention techniques.
Required Legal Expertise for Training
State laws and court decisions from around the country require employers to ensure that their training is developed and delivered by legal experts. For example, California’s mandatory sexual harassment training laws (SB 1343, SB 396, and AB 1825) specifically require that training providers must have “expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.” Moreover, training providers must also have expertise in the prevention of “harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.” The trainer provider must be an attorney, professor, instructor, human resource professional or harassment prevention consultant with at least two years of expertise in employment law or harassment prevention.
Clear Law Institute’s in-house legal expertise ensures that the course is legally accurate and up-to-date with changes in the law. Clear Law’s CEO, Michael Johnson, is one of the leading experts in harassment law in the country. A former U.S. Department of Justice attorney and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Mr. Johnson brought one of DOJ’s first class-action style sexual harassment lawsuits. The United Nations has retained him to consult on its harassment policy. He has developed online and in-person harassment training used by more than 2.5 million people. He also has provided training on how to investigate sexual harassment allegations to organizations such as Google, the United Nations, and the EEOC.
We Answer Users’ Questions
Several state laws require that online sexual harassment training users be able to submit questions and have those questions answered within a reasonable time frame. In some states, the time frame is designated as no more than two business days. At no additional cost, Clear Law Institute’s legal experts are available to answer questions about the training content within one business day.
Legal Updates at No Cost
Unlike most harassment course providers, Clear Law Institute has in-house legal expertise to ensure that its course is kept up to date with changes in the law. If the law changes so as to change the course instruction, Clear Law will update your course immediately at no cost. Indeed, in the last few years, Clear Law has updated its training numerous times because of changes in various state laws.
Clear Law’s harassment training addresses all of the required content of all state and local training laws, including those in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New York State and New York City. As required by various state and local laws, the training addresses topics beyond sexual harassment such as bullying; harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; and bystander intervention.
Access on All Devices and Bookmarking
Training progress is synced across all devices: computers, tablets, and smartphones. Users can start the online training on one device and finish on another. The course does not have to be completed in one sitting: when a user returns, the course will resume where they left off.
We make delivering the course to your employees effortless. We will either:
(1) Notify your employees of the need to take the course and send you periodic reports on who has completed the course;
(2) Train you in 10 minutes to administer our robust but user-friendly Learning Management System (LMS);
(3) Load the course onto your LMS and fully test it to ensure there are no problems. We have experience delivering the training to hundreds of thousands of users on a variety of Learning Management Systems.
Tier 1 Technical Support Provided
You should not have to become a computer support specialist to roll out a harassment course to your employees. Unlike many online course providers, we provide technical support to your employees at no additional cost. If any employee has a problem with the course, they will call us, not you.
We can include your logo, relevant policies, workplace images, and an introductory message from a senior official in your organization.
Policy Review & Acknowledgement
Users can be required to certify that they have read and understood your harassment policy, which is included in the training. We can include a “Policy Review” exercise where users are required to search your policies to find the answers to questions relating to your policies.
Advanced Customizations Available
Frequently Asked Questions
New York City law requires that you train employees who “regularly interact” with employees who work in New York City, regardless of where those employees are located.
New York State law requires that companies that bid on government contracts must train all employees, even those outside of New York.
EEOC guidelines and court decisions from around the country have made clear that all employers should periodically train all employees, regardless of where they work.
Employers who don’t provide such training face a tremendous risk when they are sued for sexual harassment, as many employers are at some point. Employers who have not provided sexual harassment training may not be able to (1) raise an affirmative defense in a harassment lawsuit, or (2) avoid punitive damages. Numerous federal and state court decisions from around the country have found employers liable and imposed punitive damages on employers in part because the employers had not provided harassment prevention training to all employees.
Recently enacted laws have set forth deadlines by when the first round of training must be provided. Those deadlines are listed below.
- New York, October 9, 2019
- Connecticut, October 1, 2020
- Delaware, January 1, 2020
- California, January 1, 2021
- Maine, within one year of hire/promotion
- Illinois, January 1, 2021
- Every year: Illinois and New York (including New York City)
- Every two years: California and Delaware
- Every 10 years: Connecticut
- No training requirement: Maine
- Note: These are minimum requirements under these state laws. EEOC Guidelines indicate that employers should provide training periodically. Prudent employers, regardless of where they are located, retrain employees at least once every two years.
New hires should be trained as soon as possible after their start date. Some states have specific time limits, including:
- California: 6 months
- Connecticut: 6 months (extended 3 months in 2020 due to COVID-19)
- Delaware: 12 months
- Illinois: As soon as possible
- Maine: 12 months
- New York State: As soon as possible
- New York City: As soon as possible
- 2 hours: California supervisors and all employees in Connecticut
- 1 hour: California non-supervisory employees
- There is no minimum time requirement in other states. However, court decisions have indicated that the training must be substantial. Also, state laws indicate specific content that must be covered. Given this, Clear Law’s Fundamentals version which is taken by employees and supervisors in all states except for California and Connecticut is 45 minutes in length.
Yes. While many companies have popped up offering sexual harassment training, many of these companies don’t actually have the required expertise. State laws and court decisions from around the country require employers to ensure that their training is developed and delivered by legal experts. For example, California’s mandatory sexual harassment training law specifically requires that training providers must have “expertise in the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.” Moreover, training providers must also have expertise in the prevention of “harassment based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.” The trainer provider must be an attorney, professor, instructor, human resource professional, or harassment prevention consultant with at least two years of expertise in employment law or harassment prevention.
State and federal laws on harassment and discrimination are constantly changing and being updated. However, as a multi-state employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that the training remains compliant with the law. If the laws change in any state, Clear Law updates our course immediately and lets you know of the changes. We don’t wait until you renew or the end of the year to update our courses; we know that providing a fully compliant course is key so we update our course based on legal changes immediately. We rolled out our new course, Positive Workplace, last spring, and had to update the course content in August based on legal changes in multiple states. We make this commitment to you.
Most states that require training require that online training be interactive and that experts (such as lawyers) answer user questions about the course content. Further, some states require responses within two business days and that records be kept up to three years. Many training providers put this responsibility on you as the employer because they don’t have the expertise to answers the questions. It is a requirement in California that the expert trainer answers all user questions. Clear Law CEO, attorney Mike Johnson, answers all user questions we receive so you can rest easy knowing they are getting the correct information. We also answer all questions within one business day and maintain copies of all questions in perpetuity.
If your employees face any issues during the training (they can’t remember their password or the sound isn’t working), rater than have them go through you to get answers from the training provider, your end users can contact us directly. We have staff available in our Virginia office from 8 am to 6 pm. We will troubleshoot your users’ issues without putting you in the middle.
Clear Law does everything we can to ensure an effortless administration process for your team. We provide all technical support for your employees. In addition, our LMS will handle all tracking, reporting, and storing of completion certificates for you.
Yes, you can. Our standard customizations package allows you to include your logo, relevant policies, workplace images, and an introductory message from a senior official in your organization.