A new legislative package requires that starting on October 9, 2019, employers in New York State must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceed the law’s minimum standards. The following minimum standards include:

The policy must:

The state provides a draft Sexual Harassment Policy for All Employers in New York State: https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/StatewideSexualHarassment_PreventionPolicy.pdf

It is also mandated that every employer provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to its employees. This training must be completed by January 1, 2019. If new employees start after January 1, they must complete the training within 30 calendar days of starting their job. If an employer chooses to not use the model training developed by the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights, the employer must ensure that the training used meets or exceeds the following minimum standards:

The training must:

The State provides a Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Training handbook: https://www.ny.gov/sites/ny.gov/files/atoms/files/SexualHarassmentDRAFTModelTraining.pdf

Employers must provide the policy to their employees in writing; this may be done electronically, but workers must be able to access the policy on a computer provided by the employer during work time and be able to print a copy for their records.