Sexual harassment training: A guide for employers | Katz Melinger PLLC
${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt}
Free Initial Phone Consultation
212-460-0047
Menu Contact
Free Initial Phone Consultation
212-460-0047

Sexual harassment training: A guide for employers

New York's 2018 budget included a requirement that employers to provide annual comprehensive anti-sexual harassment training for employers.

Below is a brief outline of the bill's requirements.

Details of the training

Employers' anti-harassment training, which must be in place by October, should include:

  • An explicit prohibition on sexual harassment and clear examples of prohibited conduct
  • Information on federal, state and local laws regarding sexual harassment prohibitions
  • A complaint form employees can fill out if they have been sexually harassed
  • A procedure for investigating complaints
  • Information on the rights of employees, including how they can have their issue resolved
  • A clear warning that employees who engage in sexual harassment will face adverse employment consequences
  • A clear policy against any form of retaliation for reporting sexual harassment

While not required by law, employers should also clearly document their training and procedures, including attendance. Separately, as well, employers should know that New York recently prohibited sexual harassment settlements from including non-disclosure agreements, unless the non-disclosure is the "preference" of the person bringing the claim.

Who needs to complete the training?

Any employer in New York with 15 or more employees must have this policy in place. Also, employment law protections against sexual harassment have expanded to cover all employees, including interns, regardless of the size of the employer.

What should employers do?

Now, more than ever, it is important for employers in New York to review their anti-harassment policies and ensure they are compliant under the law. Comprehensive and documented anti-harassment training can also reduce the risk of a hostile workplace and prevent issues from arising.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Request A Consultation

Fill out the form below to submit your request or call us at 212-460-0047

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Address

Katz Melinger PLLC
280 Madison Avenue
Suite 600
New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-460-0047
Fax: 212-428-6811
New York Employment Law Office

Review Us