All Employers Must Provide Sexual Harassment Training By October 9th

Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training. An employer that does not use the model training developed by the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights must ensure that the training that they use meets or exceeds the following minimum standards. Model training materials are available to employers to download.

The training must:

  • Be interactive
  • Include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
  • Include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • Include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • Include information concerning employees’ rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
  • Include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors

Each employee must receive training on an annual basis, starting October 9, 2019.

The New York State Department of Labor has prepared all the materials and training videos that meet all these requirements, except they are not “interactive”.  If you are using this video to meet the training requirements, you must also: ask questions of employees as part of the program; accommodate questions asked by employees, with answers provided in a timely manner; or require feedback from employees about the training and the materials presented. Employers should be prepared to address questions raised by employees.

All the material you need to comply can be found on the NY Department of Labor website HERE.


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