New York State Harassment Training

New York has adopted nation-leading, multi-pronged legislation to combat sexual harassment in the workplace. Every employer in the state is required to adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy that meets or exceeds the following minimum standards. According to the legislation, the policy must, among other requirements:

  • prohibit sexual harassment
  • provide examples of prohibited conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • include information about the laws and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • include a complaint form
  • include a procedure for the timely and confidential investigation of complaints
  • clearly state that sexual harassment is considered a form of misconduct that will result in sanctions against individuals engaging in the behavior and against supervisors and managers who knowingly allow it to continue
  • clearly state that any form of retaliation is unlawful

Every employer is required to provide employees with New York state harassment training that meets or exceeds the following minimum standards: The training must:

  • be interactive
  • include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance from the state
  • 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
  • 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

Easily Meet the Training Requirements

The New York State harassment training law took effect on October 9, 2018, and requires all employees to be trained during 2019. This interactive course provides employees with all of the required information mandated by the state laws, including what to do if an employee feels he or she has been harassed. Delivered from the perspective of a  non-manager employee, it ensures that employees understand their rights if they become victims of sexual harassment. It also instructs individuals on their responsibility to report unlawful behavior and help promote a harassment-free workplace according to the NY mandatory harassment training law.

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