Sexual Harassment Policy and Training
New York State has passed a law that all employers, regardless of size, must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and provide training to their employees.
October 9, 2018 all employers must adopt a sexual harassment policy. The employees then must be given a copy of the policy along with Sexual Harassment Training.
January 1, 2019 all state contractors must submit an affirmation that they have a policy in place and the policy meets the minimum requirements and that all of their employees have trained.
• Prohibit sexual harassment
• Provide specific examples
• Local, state and federal laws on sexual harassment
• Bring awareness of the help available to victims of sexual harassment
• Include a complaint form
• Include a procedure to address issues
• Inform employees of their rights
• Sexual harassment must be considered a form of employee misconduct and rules will be enforced
• Must prevent retaliation against individuals who complain of sexual harassment
• Definition and explanation of sexual harassment
• Examples must be provided of what sexual harassment is
• Information concerning the federal and state laws concerning sexual harassment
• Services available to victims
• Information about employees’ rights and the process for redress
The state has published a model sexual harassment prevention policy, complaint form, and training materials. The labor commissioner is suggesting that their materials be used as a minimum and other more in-depth materials be used and created by businesses.
For more information and draft policies, please go to: https://www.ny.gov/programs/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace