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Sexual Harassment Prevention

Here’s what you need to know about New York State’s new requirements for combating sexual harassment, plus some free resources to help you communicate and implement these new regulations.

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Let’s start with the overview. What’s changed?
Training must be complete by
Employee notification deadline was October 9, 2018
Independent contractors

The Human Rights Law now protects contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants or others providing services in the workplace from sexual harassment in the workplace.

Training requirements

Employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceeds the law’s minimum standards.

State contractors

Beginning in January 2019, all state contractors must submit an affirmation that they have a sexual harassment policy and that they have trained all of their employees.

Independent contractors

The Human Rights Law now protects contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants or others providing services in the workplace from sexual harassment in the workplace.

Training requirements

Employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceeds the law’s minimum standards.

State contractors

Beginning in January 2019, all state contractors must submit an affirmation that they have a sexual harassment policy and that they have trained all of their employees.

FREE RESOURCES
to help you implement the new harassment policies

We’ve compiled a free guide to explain the steps you need to take to ensure compliance.

Policy Standards & Models
Model Complaint Form

All employers are required to adopt a sexual harassment policy that includes a complaint form for employees to report alleged incidents of sexual harassment.

Harassment Prevention Toolkit
Training Standards & Models
Frequently Asked Questions

 

Will the State offer workshops and webinars?

Yes. Dates for training sessions will be announced on this website.

What type of records must employers maintain to verify compliance?

No signed acknowledgement of having read the policy is required, but employers are encouraged to keep a signed acknowledgement and to keep a copy of training records. These records may be helpful in addressing any future complaints or lawsuits.

Does this law apply to New York City employers?

Yes. It applies to all employers in New York State, including New York City.

How can employers provide their policy to employees?

Employers must provide employees with their policy in writing or electronically. If a copy is made available on a work computer, workers must be able to print a copy for their own records.

Who is considered an Employee for the training requirement? And when does the training need to be completed?

“Employee” includes all workers, regardless of immigration status. Employee also includes exempt or non-exempt employees, part-time workers, seasonal workers, and temporary workers.  All employees must complete the model training or a comparable training that meets the minimum standards by Oct. 9, 2019.

How often must employees receive sexual harassment training?

Employees must be trained at least once per year. In subsequent years, this may be based on the calendar year, anniversary of each employee’s start date, or any other date the employer chooses.

How soon do new employees need to be trained?

As employers may be liable for the actions of employees immediately upon hire, the State encourages training as soon as possible. Employers should distribute the policy to employees prior to commencing work and should have it posted.

If an employer has previously provided training that meets or exceeds the requirements, must employees be retrained?

Employees must receive training on an annual basis. If employees have already received training this year, but it did NOT meet all new requirements, employers need only provide supplemental training to ensure all requirements are met.

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I am an employer based in New York State but also have employees who only work in other states. Do they need to be trained as well?

No. Only employees who work or will work in New York State need to be trained. However, if an individual works a portion of their time in New York State, even if they’re based in another state, they must be trained.

How can we help?

Our offices are located at

544 Park Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205