In April 2018, New York State updated the its sexual harassment laws. The newly updated law mandates that employers establish a sexual harassment policy that meets minimum standards and provide access to a complaint form for their employees. Employers must provide each employee with a copy of their policy in writing or electronically and these new provisions also expand protections for contractors, vendors and consultants. The sweeping provisions of New York State Labor Law 201-G require every employer in New York State to provide employees with interactive sexual harassment prevention training. Each employee must receive training at least once per year starting October 9, 2018.
It’s always been prudent for companies and organizations to have a sexual harassment prevention policy, but businesses and other employers in New York State now have no choice. Provisions in the newly passed state budget require all New York State employers to institute a policy and provide annual training. Effective October 9, 2018, all employers are required to provide employees with their sexual harassment policy in the workplace and conduct annual sexual harassment training for all employees based on standards set by the New York State Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights. Every employer must adopt a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention policy promulgated pursuant to New York State law or establish a sexual harassment prevention policy to prevent sexual harassment that equals or exceeds the minimum standards provided by New York State.
As required in New York State Labor Law 201-G, the Emergency Response Consulting Group’s interactive sexual harassment prevention training program includes: (i) an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights; (ii) examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment; (iii) information concerning the Federal and State statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment; and (iv) information concerning employees' rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints.
This training program, delivered by the Emergency Response Consulting Group, is fully compliant with the updated New York State laws and can be customized to fit the needs of your company or organization. We can even incorporate your existing sexual harassment policy into the delivery of the course. Our interactive Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Law Compliance Training Course exceeds the minimum requirements established by the New York State Department of Labor and provides valuable information to your supervisors, managers and other employees to increase their knowledge of sexual harassment laws and understand how to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.