October 9, 2018: Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy in Place
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Video: Tim Dodge answers questions on the NYS Sexual Harassment Policy & Training Requirements on Facebook Live 10.15.18
Please note: the visuals of the video gets a bit glitchy in places but the audio (the most important part!) is fine throughout.
Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy
New York State employers must formally adopt a workplace sexual harassment prevention policy by
October 9, 2018. The state budget enacted last spring included new measures to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. The law, which had six parts with varying effective dates, required every employer to adopt a model sexual harassment prevention policy developed by the state Department of Labor or one that equals or exceeds the minimum standards provided by the model. Employers must provide copies of the adopted policy to all employees in writing. The deadline for doing this is October 9, 2018.
Employees are not the only ones protected by workplace sexual harassment prevention requirements. The law requires employers to also protect contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants "or other person(s) providing services pursuant to a contract in the workplace" and their employees.
If your business does not already have a sexual harassment prevention policy statement, you should download and adopt the state's model policy today and distribute it to all of your employees. If your business does already have such a policy, you should compare it to the state's model and revise your policy if it does not include any of the model's provisions, then distribute the revised policy to all employees. Businesses should follow adopted sexual harassment prevention policies in letter and spirit.
UPDATE: This policy requirement is separate from the annual employee training requirement. The deadline for the training requirement is October 9, 2019.
Annual Sexual Harassment Employee Training Requirement
We have been working under the belief that all employers in New York State must complete the first mandatory sexual harassment training between Oct. 9 and Dec. 31, 2018. However, Gov. Cuomo announced the finalization of the draft required workplace policy and model training program. Among other things, the final version states that the training must be completed by Oct. 9 of next year. This obviously gives our members and their clients a lot more time to comply.
If you have questions, please contact Tim Dodge at 315-432-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.