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Sep 08
URGENT: Add Sexual Harassment Hotline Info To Your Employee Handbooks

New York businesses are required to inform their employees about a new sexual harassment hotline, under a law that took effect in July. We urge all of you to add this information to your employee handbooks as soon as possible.

The law​, which became effective on July 14, required the state Division of Human Rights to set up "a toll free confidential hotline to provide individuals with complaints of workplace sexual harassment counsel and assistance.​" ​Attorneys experienced in counseling individuals with sexual harassment complaints staff the hotline on a pro-bono basis. 

The law also requires the DHR to work with the state Labor Department ​​"to ensure that information on the hotline is included in any materials employers must post or provide to employees regarding sexual harassment." While the Labor Department has not yet updated its model sexual harassment prevention policy for employers, you do not have to wait to update your employee handbooks and postings.

Affinity HR Group​, our endorsed human resources consulting firm has drafted the following text for you to add to your prevention policy statements:​

"Harassment Hotline
The state of New York provides a toll-free, confidential hotline which anyone experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace may use to connect with prop-bono attorneys on sexual harassment issues or to submit a complaint.
1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773)."

We encourage you to insert this text into your handbooks or postings at your earliest opportunity. If you need assistance, contact Paige McAllister at Affinity HR Group at ​​


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