In April 2018, Governor Cuomo signed a series of new laws aimed at combating sexual harassment in the workplace. These laws included personal liability for public employees, expanding protections to non-employees, additional obligations for state contractors, and restrictions on the use of arbitration clauses and nondisclosure agreements.
The Business Council of Westchester and a statewide coalition organized by the Business Council of New York State had been successful in getting the NYS Department of Labor to extend the deadline for employee sexual harassment training, which is now required.
Most important for employers is the requirement that all employers develop and communicate a sexual harassment prevention policy and provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees on an annual basis.
- All employers must have distributed a policy meeting minimum standards defined by the State by October 9, 2018.
- All employees must receive training meeting state minimum standards no later than October 9, 2019 with new employees trained “as soon as possible.”
To help employers meet this new training burden, The Business Council of New York State has partnered with Leadership Logic and Gillespie Associates to provide interactive, online, web based, training that meets and exceeds the minimum standards developed by the Department of Labor and the Division of Human Rights. This program also satisfies training requirements of New York City’s new sexual harassment law.
The attorney-approved course is online, interactive, and accessible 24/7, so it will fit easily into any schedule. The course includes all of the New York State and New York City requirements, plus has a focus on ethics and respect and how these topics relate to sexual harassment.