The New York State sexual harassment law takes effect on October 9, 2018.
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In 2018 New York State and New York City passed sweeping legislation requiring all employees to be trained annually on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. In a unique act, both the City and State of New York passed separate laws that require comprehensive sexual harassment training to take place in workplaces across the state.
The New York State sexual harassment law takes effect on October 9, 2018, and draft materials promulgated by the New York Human Rights Association require employees to be trained by January 1, 2019. The New York City law requires that employees be trained by April 1, 2019, but we recommend training your employees by January 1.
Both laws require any organization with 15 or more employees to train on an annual basis and the New York City law requires employees to sign a verification form that they attended training.
Syntrio in preparation for this new law has developed New York Sexual Harassment training courses for both managers and non-managerial employees.
Both courses are designed to educate employees on New York State and New York City sexual harassment laws, as well as federal law, and your organization’s policy prohibiting sexual harassment.
Syntrio’s New York sexual harassment training courses use engaging and entertaining hypothetical scenarios and real-life examples, as well as a narrative based interactive video storyline that provides practical guidance on not just the steps to be taken to prevent sexual harassment in New York workplaces, but also retaliation. The courses take the users through the process of filing a complaint, address bystander intervention, and provide guidance on how to recognize and address sexual harassment in the workplace if it occurs.
New York Sexual Harassment Training for Managers
In Syntrio’s manager version of its New York sexual harassment training course, managers are instructed on how to recognize and prevent sexual harassment and retaliation and are provided detailed information about where to direct employees to report complaints, as well as ethical and legal obligations managers have to reduce harassment in business culture.
- A detailed explanation of what constitutes sexual harassment at work under New York State and New York City law
- Examples of conduct that constitutes sexual harassment in New York
- Information on New York State, New York City and federal laws concerning sexual harassment and the remedies available for victims to seek
- Information about employee rights to adjudicate their claims both judicially and administratively
- Prevention tactics for managers
- Engaging video and text-based scenarios that make the user experience truly interactive
New York Sexual Harassment Training for Non-Managerial Employees
The non-managerial version of the course provides employees with all of the required information on New York City and New York State sexual harassment laws, but also provides information on what to do if an employee feels he or she has been harassed as well as pertinent information from a non-manager perspective.
Syntrio’s courseware was specifically developed with both the New York State and New York City requirements in mind, and pragmatically covers both in one comprehensive sexual harassment training course. Further, our courses are modularized to focus on ensuring that your workplace fosters a culture free from harassment and does not simply “check the box.” By allowing flexibility in how the material is consumed, your workforce will stay better engaged and more likely to take steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
While companies will undoubtedly be better prepared to defend a lawsuit when using the courses that we carefully develop, companies will also be best prepared to provide employees with the tools to work in an environment wherein they will be comfortable and ready to stay for the long haul. We cannot understate the proven value and savings from hiring and retaining the best possible employees, as well as protecting your company from unlawful harassment.