In 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed separate expansive mandatory sexual harassment training requirements for all businesses statewide. This double jurisdictional approach has understandably caused confusion amongst the city and state’s many businesses.
What are the NY Harassment training requirements?
The New York sexual harassment prevention laws require employers to meet New York State harassment training requirements by providing sexual harassment training to every employee every year.
What should sexual harassment training in New York cover?
Both laws have specific stipulations, but generally they both require that the training conveys that sexual harassment is form of unlawful discrimination, and outline the process for reporting sexual harassment within the workplace. Additionally, both laws require additional information about the penalties for retaliating against reporters. New York City sexual harassment training laws require that sexual harassment training covers the concept of bystander intervention, including instructions on how to intervene should employees witness misconduct.
Who do the workplace harassment laws apply to?
The New York State workplace harassment laws apply to all employees. State-wide regulation defines “all employees” as including everyone who works or will work in the state even for a portion of their time and even if they’re based in another state.
What does this mean for you?
Considering the expansive nature of the mandate, your business will likely need to take a number of measures to satisfy New York’s mandatory harassment training requirements. As a first step you will need to schedule and deliver sexual harassment training to your existing workforce prior and make a plan for all new hires.
Want to learn more about the mandates across the United States?
Explore our interactive guide to sexual harassment prevention training requirements nationwide.