Online Sexual Harassment Training

Exceeds California and all other state training requirements.

  • 50-state compliant
  • Engaging learning games
  • Updated as laws change
  • New course each year
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Go Beyond "Check-the-Box" Training

No Reruns

Each year we provide a new course at no cost so that your employees aren’t forced to take the same training year after year.

50-State Compliant

Our online training fulfills the sexual harassment training requirements of all federal and state laws, including those in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New York State, and New York City.​

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.

Instructional Design​

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 English, Spanish, and numerous other languages.

Course Administration

We make it simple to roll out the training to your workplace, and we provide technical support directly to your employees at no additional cost.

Learning Design

No Reruns

Clear Law develops new workplace harassment prevention training each year so that your employees never have to take the same course twice.

Learning Games

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.

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Story-Based Learning

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.

No Preaching

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.

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"No-Fail" Assessment

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 Content

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:

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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.

Clear Law also offers an Essentials version and International version.

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 English, Spanish, and numerous other languages. The International version is 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.

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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.

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Current Topics

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, and as required by certain state and local laws, the course also addresses workplace civility and bystander intervention techniques.

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Legal Expertise

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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.  He has provided training and consulting to organizations such as the EEOC, Google, the United Nations, and the World Bank.  Michael leads our Compliance Advisory Team, whose members have decades of experience practicing employment law for large law firms and Fortune 500 companies.

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. The person answering the questions must meet the expertise requirements of state laws. At no additional cost, Clear Law Institute’s Compliance Advisory Team is 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, every year Clear Law updates its training numerous times because of changes in various state laws.

50-State Compliant

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.

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Course Administration

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.

Course Administration

We make delivering the course to your employees effortless. We will either:

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.

Customized Content

Standard Customizations

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.

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Advanced Customizations Available

Clear Law Institute can customize the course further to meet your organization’s training needs. We can even have scenarios take place in your workplace environment. 

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Testimonials

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“Everyone here is absolutely thrilled about working with Clear Law Institute as partners. I personally have never had an external vendor be as supportive, responsive and flexible.”

–Christine Berry, Director of Learning and Development , State of Massachusetts

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“For any company looking to stay compliant by providing mandated training for your employees, look no further! Clear Law Institute has supplied our business with training for years and they are wonderful. I checked around and put myself through a few other companies on line training and Clear Law has them beat. Their pricing is fair and I cannot begin to say enough about their service team. They provide me with quick and professional responses every time! Do yourself and your company a favor, leave the teaching to Clear Law Institute, you won’t be sorry. ”

–Renee Grady-Taylor, HR Manager, Ramona Tire, Inc

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“Clear Law’s content is excellent and the back-room services our Human Resources team has received from Clear Law are absolutely top-notch.”

–Dan McAllister, Vice President, People Relations & Operations, City Year, Inc.

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“My experience with Clear Law Institute has been nothing but positive. I was up and running ahead of the production time I was given during my initial set up. Clear Law Institute handled registering my employees and their response rate to any updates is super quick. It is very hard to sum up how efficient the use of Clear Law has been for our company to help our over 700 employees complete their Preventing Workplace Harassment Training. The training runs itself.”

–Larry Ryan, Central Staff Services

Frequently Asked Questions

State and local laws require sexual harassment training of all employees in which locations?

CaliforniaConnecticutDelawareIllinoisMaineNew York State and New York City require training of all employees.

Do any state laws require sexual harassment training of employees who don't work in these states?

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.

Should we train employees in other states?

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.

Are there deadlines by which training must be provided?
  1. 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
How often must we retrain employees under state laws?
  • Every year: Illinois and New York (including New York City)
  • Every two years: California and Delaware
  • Every 3 years (recommended) 10 years (required): Connecticut
  • No retraining requirement: Maine

Note that these are minimum retraining 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.

How soon should new hires be trained after hire?

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
How long does the training need to be?
  • 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.
Must my training provider meet certain expertise requirements to deliver training?

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.

Does my training provider monitor the law for changes and update course content as the law changes?

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 year, and had to update the course content just a few months after release based on legal changes in multiple states.  We make this commitment to you.

Does my training provider have a means for users to submit questions and have those answered?

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 Compliance Advisory Team, which consists of former attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice, major law firms, and Fortune 500 companies, 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.

Who handles technical support if my employees have issues?

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 from 8 am to 7 pm ET.  We will troubleshoot your users’ issues without putting you in the middle.

How much work will I have to do to administer the training?

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.

Can I customize the training with my organization's policies and logo?

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.

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